Fresh and intoxicatingly angsty stuff from Cagework
Elli Chappelhow

14:33 7th March 2019

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It’s something special when a band so freshly formed produce something as confident and defiant as ‘Wilson’. Raw, visceral and dissonant -  Cagework tiptoe the line between restraint and liberation, and it’s triumphant. The sound ebbs and flows - but don’t be fooled, it’s far from tranquil. When the tide returns, it’s a tsunami, a pot on the verge of boiling over. “A set of broken ideals, they call you unprepared, they jeopardise your values, well-meaning and unaware” vocalist Sam Bedford spits cathartically.

Swelling percussion combines with chugging guitar, impassioned vocals and abrasive production, yet the track still retains a melodic quality, making this one a future moshpit favourite. Tune in below:

Formed less than a year ago, the South-London based three piece fronted by Bedford caught the attention of Justin Lockey (Mastersystem/Minor Victories) who was immediately keen to produce and release them on Physical Education, the label he co-runs. As a band, Cagework draw inspiration from odd lo-fi indie, post-hardcore, early emo and smatterings of avant-garde folk.

Speaking about the track, Bedford states it’s about, “someone who is lonely, isolated and how it’s probably because of their values, or certainly how stubbornly they’re sticking to those values. It’s about accepting that sometimes you need to change how you think about yourself and recognise when the choices you’re making are making you unhappy.”

The track is short but powerful - a 1:45 blast of intoxicatingly angsty, punky energy, and it does the perfect job to whet the appetite for more. 

Cagework play The Shacklewell Arms on 13 March - you can get free tickets here

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