PREMIERE: Cave Clove recalls the past with “Bid for Power”


Cave Clove has been working towards the sound of their forthcoming album sound since 2011 when guitarist and lead singer Katie Colver began collaborating with drummer Kenda Kilkuskie. Now expanded to a four-piece including guitarist Brent Curridan (Travis Hayes / Lords of Sealand) and bassist Alisa Saario, the band has evolved beyond their Americana jumping off point. Way beyond.

Colver’s voice evokes Beth Orton, Tracy Chapman and Joan Baez, and she wields the living-ghosts of these powerful performers with grace through throw-back arrangements all across the self-titled album. “Bid for Power” in particular, which SF Critic is pleased to premiere, sounds like a portrait of mid-seventies R&B and soul, complete with jangly guitars, a sick bass line, lyric references that sound personal but echo political, and drum patterns that would have been at home on an Al Green track. This is a sound that suits the band well.

Catch them on the road soon up and down the coast – including a (((folkYEAH))) event December 1st at The Starline Social Club in Oakland. The album is set to be released November 4th.

11/12/16 – Star Theater – Portland, OR (supporting The Jaezabels) – Tickets
11/14/16 – Barboza – Seattle, WA (supporting The Jaezabels) – Tickets
11/16/16 – The Treehouse Cafe – Bainbridge Island, WA – RSVP
12/1/16 – The Starline Social Club – Oakland, CA (((folkYEAH!))) Presents: w/ Kelly McFarling & The Donkeys) – Tickets

Press photo by Ginger Fierstein
Write up by Annie Bacon / @anniebacon