Cavetown: “I’ve got a bunch of demos and some almost finished songs in the works”

It’s always good to catch up with former Dork cover star Cavetown. With a tour planned to start Really Very Soon at the time of writing, a fun new duet with Chloe Moriondo, and the potential for new music to come, we obviously asked all the big questions.
Photo credit: Polly Hanrahan

It’s always good to catch up with former Dork cover star Cavetown. With a tour planned to start Really Very Soon at the time of writing, a fun new duet with Chloe Moriondo, and the potential for new music to come, we obviously asked all the big questions – like, erm, would you rather live in a round house or a straight-sided one. Award-winning journalism, kids.  


Hiya Robin, what are you up to today – other than answering these questions?
Hello. I have been playing Minecraft with my friends mostly! I just had a bowl of oatmeal. Nothing crazy.

So, you’ve done a cover of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ with fellow Dork fave Chloe Moriondo. How did that start off? Was it a tour thing? Tell us, please.
It was just a song I had stuck in my head for the longest time, and it had been a little while since I had worked with Chloe on a song. They are so fun to work with, and I miss them, so I texted them to see if they would be down to sing with me on the cover, and of course, they said yes.

Given ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ is basically almost as old as you – and older than Chloe – does that make it a cover of a ‘timeless cover of a timeless classic’?
My brain hurt a bit reading this question, but sure!!

Could these cover duets become a running thing between you two? Is there anything else you’d like to give a go? Go on, give us one song.
Maybe?? I don’t know, I don’t tend to plan covers in advance, but I’ll definitely make some more tracks with Chloe as long as they’re down to! Whether that’s covering something or having them feature on one of my originals. I just love their voice, and I’m so lucky to get to include them in my projects.

We were reading a Reddit AMA, and you said if you had to choose a person to go to a haunted mansion with you, you’d pick Chloe. Just checking you’re okay for us to set this up for when they’re over next year? If we put it in the magazine, you both have to do it, right?
Uh yeah!!!! Hell yeah.

Tour is coming up. That’s exciting. The Roundhouse is a proper legendary venue especially. Here’s the standard question where we ask you if you’re looking forward to it, and you say yes. Are you looking forward to it?
For sure! I always just love spending time with my band and my crew. It’s like a big road trip with my best friends. I don’t know a lot about venues in general, so I hadn’t heard of the Roundhouse, but everyone I’ve mentioned it to seems stoked, so I guess I am too.

“I feel like a round house would be a nightmare to furnish”

Cavetown

Would you rather have a round house or a normal straight-sided house, if you had to pick?
Probably a normal straight-sided house. I feel like a round house would be a nightmare to furnish.

You’ve no shortage of really great collaborations. The one with Kina recently was especially cool. Is there a bucket list collaboration you’d love to do, if you could pick anyone at all?
I mean, Frank Ocean would be a dream. An extremely unattainable dream, but it would be so sick to write a song with Frank Ocean.

We saw you’ve been doing some stuff with Discord. You’ve always seemed to have a great relationship with the people who enjoy your music. How do you find that? Is it a cool place to chat with them?
Yes, I love my discord server! I have some amazing friends running it and putting on loads of fun activities for everyone, which I am so thankful for, and it’s such a reliably safe space to jump on and just be greeted with love and kindness. It becomes harder to maintain that connection with everyone the larger the fan base grows, so the Discord creates a really comfortable sized crowd who I’m able to hang out with without getting too overwhelmed.

With a new year coming around, it’s only sensible we’d ask you about 2022 plans. Will we be getting new music next year? What’s in the planner?
For sure. I’m hoping to put out a full-length album and really celebrate it in a way that I wasn’t able to with ‘Sleepyhead’ (thanks to Covid). I’ve got a bunch of demos and some almost finished songs in the works already, which I’m really excited to show everyone.

Taken from the December 2021 / January 2022 edition of Dork, out now. Cavetown will tour the UK from 30th November.

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