Popular Seattle folk-rockers The Cave Singers are well-known in their hometown, enough to be familiar faces at the KEXP studios as well as around town. They never fail to pack a hall and they never fail to experiment on their albums. Whether it’s rustic folk harmonicas or those newfangled synthesizers that are so popular with the kids, The Cave Singers have been there and done it better. The fact that their origins lie with alt-rock heroes Pretty Girls Make Graves and The Murder City Devils is nigh-unrecognizable, but their roots never fail to shine through. Their third LP No Witch dropped in February, and the new tracks will intermingle with the old in their performance at this year’s Block Party.
The Cave Singers performance on Sunday was one of the most anticipated of the day, and it showed: the Bean Room quickly reached capacity and a line of people poured out onto Pike Street hoping to either get in or at least catch a glimpse of the local trio of folky alt-rockers. For the entirety of their five-song set, lead man Pete Quirk was the star of the show. Dressed in a grey tank top and wearing a neon yellow hat, he could have passed as a typical Block Party patron – the only things missing were cheap neon sunglasses and cut-off jeans. On stage, his gravelly wail overpowered the room and pulled the audience right along with the band’s rollicking alt-folk. For their final two songs they showcased some of the raw, unhinged rock-iness that typifies their latest release No Witch, to the delight of those who were lucky enough to get inside to watch. They brought their Bean Room set home with the hit song “Black Leaf,” with Quirk stomping along with a shaker and riling the crowd to clap along as he belted out the song’s heart-wrenching lyrics. Expect more of the same when The Cave Singers play on the Capitol Hill Block Party Main Stage tonight at 6:10 PM.