CaveMouth: The Poor Pay Single Review

CaveMouth: The Poor Pay Single Review

Grow Talk by Sofy Robertson

Although the weather may be slow in catching up to the fact that we are on the brink of summer, CaveMouth’s latest single The Poor Pay is sure to fill you with enough summer vibes to ditch your knits and don your obscenely short shorts.

Based on the “wilds of Exmoor”, CaveMouth are a four-piece unit comprised of Alex ‘Sketchy Lex’ on vocals and guitar, Rich ‘Wreckless Richie’ on drums, local music legend Mr A J Shaw on bass and Mr Duncan ‘The Hook’ Hook on saxophone.

With The Poor Pay having gone through the necessary musical tinkering process, CaveMouth will be performing it, along with “lots of new material we’ve been working on over the dark winter months”, at the Bierkeller on Friday 17th May. The night with DJ Kitti Swag promises “live swamp funk blues with big ass baselines”, which certainly has me intrigued.

CaveMouth at Bierkeller poster.

With their unique style of music, designed to “keep the neighbours away and the ‘foxes’in”, CaveMouth’s tunes are jammed with funky beats and clashing instruments and The Poor Pay is definitely no exception.

The single, which was recorded in a studio in a quarry near Bristol last year, contains audio clips from a speech given by Noam Chomsky which, as Alex explains, is “highly pertinent in America, but increasingly in the UK”.

Rich’s hip hop beats provide the intro to The Poor Pay, along with lines from Chomsky’s speech accompanied by the gentle lilt of a saxophone. Alex’s vocals and guitar ease in, adding a staccato rhythm to the smoothness of the saxophone.

It’s one of those irresistible songs that, try as you might, you will not be able to sit still and listen to. Whether it’s a bob of the head or a tap of the foot, The Poor Pay makes you want to move and (perhaps this is just me), wish I was sitting outside in the sun with a drink in hand!

The Poor Pay single cover by CaveMouth.

Blues, hip-hop and politics all seem to come together seamlessly in this latest tune and I am more than inclined to agree that The Poor Pay, as with CaveMouth’s previous singles is

“Guaranteed to get you up and out of your seat and sweating […] the aural equivalent to a night on a Stairmaster, drinking Jack Daniels through a pair of fishnet tights.”

To truly funk up your summer, you can catch CaveMouth playing their new single, The Poor Pay, along with a whole host of other goodies at the Bierkeller later this month. They will also be performing at Exeter Respect Festival on Sunday 9th June at 1:10pm on the Diversity Stage.

To tide you over until then, you can listen to CaveMouth’s previous singles on their SoundCloud page or take a look and a listen to Pulling the Strings below from their YouTube channel.

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