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The Cavebones have been terrorizing small venues around Norway with their psyched out and deranged fuck-up-a-billy for close to four decades... Now it's time for their first proper release!
The band first saw the light of day when they crept out of a cave in the small (then stinky) town of Moss - Norway, during the early years of 1989 when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Much has happened over the years and there have been a few different line-ups. However, three of the four founding members are still with the band! Jo Espen Johansen (howling and vocals), Freddy Blomberg (guitar) and Theodor Kristensen (drums) still wear their (self killed) polyester caveman outfits with pride!
In the 90's Freddy left the band (there were actual rumors that he was eaten by the rest of the band), and he was replaced with Frode Gundersen for a short period of time. Then Kare Joao (drummer of Kare and the Cavemen (or The Euroboys as they will be remembered as, outside the shores of Norway)) stepped in to handle the guitar. During the start of the millennium's first decade, four-string strummer Heidi Henriksen (bass) also left to follow her dream of professional dinosaur breeding.
After public demand grew a few years back for the band to perform again, Heidi was replaced with Dag F. Gravem (also of Kare and the Cavemen/Euroboys fame) taking over the four-string. Then, the mysterious disappearance of Freddy the guitarist was finally sorted out. He was alive and well, and still had a guitar! Freddy was welcomed back to join the band (tha band still thinks he looks quite tasty and eatable) So the current line-up includes not one, but two sonic guitars.
Musically, The Cavebones were influenced by deranged and wild 50's compilations like 'Sin Alley', and 'Desperate Rock and Roll'. In fact, their first band rehearsals were all about covering artists that appeared on compilations like that. Other band influences from the early days included the phantastic sounds of The Cramps and the neo-garage fame of The Fuzztones. Another band from Moss; The Cosmic Dropouts, also needs to be mentioned as an inspiration of the early days.
The Cavebones always were, and still is, a wild live band where their costumes and theatrical effects play an important role. The legendary Screaming Jay Hawkins was, and still is, a huge influence of the bands appearance. What the band then lacked in musical training they always made up for in energy. The Cavebones always gave shows that were talked about and never forgotten. Coffins, sculls, bones, cobwebs, inflatable dinosaurs and caveman fur costumes has always been a part of the experience of a gig with Cavebones. Until now, The Cavebones recording history is short.
In 1992, they had the song 'The Wolfman' released on a That's Entertainment Records Norwegian garage/punk sampler Penguins and Bondage. Then in 1995 t'hey had their own song 'Atomic Cocktail' featured on the double CD-only sampler 'Mosserock' featuring local bands from Moss from the 60's to the 90's. The Cavebones - The Beer Drink'n Zombie That Loved My Darling Snake - 10' Mini Album. Pure Lust Productions Records - LUST 06 The slab of vinyl you now hold in your hands; 'The Mexican Killer Dwarf That Loved My Darling Snake', is the first The Cavebones record! It took 30 years to finally get here, and the band is really proud of the result.
The six tracks give a good representation of where the band comes from and where they stand today. 'Drinking beer' is a Cavebones classic that dates back to 1995, one of the first songs made at the time Kare joined. 'Mexican Killer Dwarf' is a psychobilly tune, from the most recent period with Dag on board, along with the country tear jerker; 'Darling Dino'.'Surfin' Zombie', is a straightforward garage punk song followed by the hypnotic 'Snake Woman'. 'Love me' is a cover of the legendary M. Lott song and is a good representation of the songs the band have covered over the times. It's a song that have been covered before, most famously by the Cramps... but what the heck... it's such a great tune.