Song Premiere: Cave States, "Take It All" (Badfinger cover)

St. Louis, Missouri’s Cave States and is a collaboration between songwriters, Chris Grabau, Danny Kathriner and Todd Schnitzer.  For over 20 years, the members of Cave States have led or supported a number of well known St. Louis bands including Magnolia Summer, Half Knots, Nadine, Colonel Ford, Wagon and Waterloo; however, Cave States is their first songwriting collaboration.
This spring they’ll be releasing the follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 debut effort, The Great Divide, titled, True Life.  The new album employs a decidedly more elaborate approach to composition while retaining many of the same aesthetics established in their first LP.
The 10 original songs written for True Life pull away from the folkier tendencies found on their first record. The opening track, “Commuter,” is a wry reflection set to a backdrop of mournful pedal steel, while “No Words” is set to an insurgent pulse reminiscent of Good Earth-era Feelies or The Vulgar Boatman.  “In The Dark” is a swirling mantra on humility, whereas the jangly “Over and Done” introduces some of Grabau and Kathriner’s pop sensibilities into the mix.
True Life also features the band’s first recorded cover song – Badfinger’s “Take It All,” which Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering today. This is what Grabau had to say about it:
“While in the studio, we took a quick break to learn the song.  Thinking we might eventually play it live, we quickly recorded ourselves using only a couple of mics and a drum machine.  However, Todd later shaped the song into something beautiful by adding a number of keyboard and percussion parts.  The end result is a track that I think combines Pete Ham’s lyrics about seeing a bigger picture with an eye that is both melancholic and hopeful.”

Cave States’ True Life will be self-released on CD and digital formats April 29.
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