11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from St. Louis, rock quartet Cavo plays no-nonsense, American-heartland style rock with a clean, driving edge. On Bright Nights * Dark Days, Casey Walker’s lead vocals bring to mind the likes of Lou Gramm, Paul Rodgers and similar straight-ahead rockers of a generation ago. But a touch of grunge angst and nü-metal austerity saves Cavo from retro status. The playing here is sharp and tight, with Brian Smith’s punchy bass lines deserving special kudos. “Champagne,” “Cry Wolf” and “Blame” draw upon the group’s tougher side, while “Beautiful” and “Useless” are moodily introspective. If Cavo comes on strong instrumentally, their melodies can be disconcertingly sweet and “Ghost,” co-written with the Nixons' Zac Maloy, has the lilt of a country-pop radio hit. Lyrically, the band is most comfortable winking at romantic intrigue (“My Little Secret”) or yearning for inner change (“Let It Go,” “Useless”), and ultimately, the melodies and lyric themes here matter less than the crunch and thump of the music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from St. Louis, rock quartet Cavo plays no-nonsense, American-heartland style rock with a clean, driving edge. On Bright Nights * Dark Days, Casey Walker’s lead vocals bring to mind the likes of Lou Gramm, Paul Rodgers and similar straight-ahead rockers of a generation ago. But a touch of grunge angst and nü-metal austerity saves Cavo from retro status. The playing here is sharp and tight, with Brian Smith’s punchy bass lines deserving special kudos. “Champagne,” “Cry Wolf” and “Blame” draw upon the group’s tougher side, while “Beautiful” and “Useless” are moodily introspective. If Cavo comes on strong instrumentally, their melodies can be disconcertingly sweet and “Ghost,” co-written with the Nixons' Zac Maloy, has the lilt of a country-pop radio hit. Lyrically, the band is most comfortable winking at romantic intrigue (“My Little Secret”) or yearning for inner change (“Let It Go,” “Useless”), and ultimately, the melodies and lyric themes here matter less than the crunch and thump of the music.

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About Cavo

Cavo's four members -- frontman Casey Walker, guitarist Chris Hobbs, drummer Chad La Roy, and bassist Brian Smith -- champion a mix of hard rock muscle and alt-pop melodies. The latter three members formed the group in March 2001, and a series of setbacks (including one bandmate's disintegrating marriage and another's alcohol problem) helped fuel The Painful Art of Letting Go. The album marked Cavo's independent debut upon its release in 2006; moreover, it led to shows alongside the likes of Staind, and the mounting buzz helped bring Cavo to the attention of Reprise Records. After signing a contract with the label in 2008, the band retreated to the studio to record Bright Nights Dark Days, which was released the following year. ~ Andrew Leahey

ORIGIN
St. Louis, MO
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2001

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