By Erin Coulehan, Contributor, DC Music Live
Brooklyn-based alt-pop band Caged Animals is set to showcase its unique blend of fiery lyrics and summer-sounding songs at Black Cat on April 5.
At the time of the phone interview, it’s about a month into tour, and the band is grabbing lunch at Chipotle for the first time ever.
“We usually just make salads or quinoa pasta in the van, but this is good, like really good,” says Vincent Cacchione, mastermind behind Caged Animals. He opted for the traditional burrito at the Mexican chain.
“It’s been an incredible experience, not just Chipotle, but this tour as a whole,” he laughs.
The collective is something of a family affair which includes Cacchione’s classically-trained partner Magali Charron, sister Tayla Cacchione, bassist Carole Kate, and dear friend Pat Curry on percussion. The camaraderie of the group has helped the band expand its sound, and Cacchione says that they talk about the music while on the road, refining the songs so that each show sounds more organic than the one before.
For this tour, Caged Animals are travelling with label mate Darwin Deez, and have recently finished recording an LP set to release later this year. After the success of last summer’s This Summer EP, Cacchione committed himself to maintaining the band’s established sound, while also concentrating on the technical aspects of producing the album.
“Writing is so emotional, you can get it right quickly if the spark that starts it is good. It has to be powerful,” said Cacchione of the intuitive process of songwriting. He says that with this album he connected strongly with the computer in an effort to ensure that each song had a whisper of a human connection behind the sound.
“This album is better than anything I’ve ever done before,” he said while finishing up his lunch.
Caged Animals will be playing at Black Cat tonight (April 5). $15 Main stage, Doors at 9pm.
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