CAVALCADE are an four piece indie Rock and Roll Group hailing from Essex/East London.
They burst onto the scene in 2017 and have been creating waves ever since.
CAVALCADE are signed to indie label These Bloody Thieves Records and have been packing venues both inside and out of the capital with their electric live shows.
They’ve undoubtedly proved their worthiness and how they are ones to watch with their debut single ‘Alkaline’ being played on John Kennedy’s Radio X show as his ‘X-Posure Hot One’ as well as reaching over 3,000 streams in it’s first week of release on Spotify alone.
CAVALCADE have also cemented this notion further by recently being named as the headline act a This Feeling Big in 2020 London Gig.
The Band is made up of Connor Duggan (Lead Vocals/Guitar) Jack Campbell (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals) Tom Nunn (Bass) and Steve Norris (Drums).
Hello and welcome! Please tell us a little bit about yourselves. Who are you, what’s your role within the band and how did you all meet/form?
Hello! I’m Jack and I play lead guitar in CAVALCADE. Me and Connor (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) have known each other for years and decided to write and record a tune at the end of 2016. We found Tom busking on the street playing Hysteria by Muse and he looked more rock n roll than we ever could – so we quickly got him involved on bass. Our drummer Steve came in a bit later; he worked in our local Chinese take away and I walked in one day to find him drumming with chop sticks on the counter – Turns out he’s a beast on the kit, and CAVALCADE was fully born in 2017!
Who/What are your musical influences? What sort of genre would you consider your music to be?
Ahhh – I’m going to have to go for the old ‘indie rock’… But really it’s a tough one because we get compared to a lot of different bands with various sounds. The 3 singles we currently have out (Alkaline, Kathmandu Kid, and Blueness Is A Heavy Stone) all fit under that indie rock label, but they’re also different in style.
I’d say influences are Bombay Bicycle Club, Oasis, JAWS, Arctic Monkeys, Wolf Alice – but then also a lot of the This Feeling bands we go and see like SHEAFS, Himalayas, False Heads. We’re inspired by a load of different bands and whoever we’re all listening to at the time.
What’s your favourite song and why?
That is impossible to answer! Haha The first song that just came to my head is ‘How Can you Swallow So Much Sleep?’ by Bombay Bicycle Club. I just think its genius, uplifting, and it pretty much gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.
What do you consider the best lyric in any of your own songs to be?
I personally don’t write lyrics for the band – That’s the main man Connor. He’s also funnier than me in interviews so I apologise that you didn’t get him!
I’d probably go with “Despite the dust in my lungs, I’ll be a hell of a man” (Kathmandu Kid) or “Blueness is a heavy stone to carry, though this day my load is light” (Blueness Is A Heavy Stone). One of our demos, ‘Slight Of Mind’, is also lyrically brilliant – You can hear that on SoundCloud and YouTube!
What are you listening to at the moment?
I’m listening to a fair few bands and artists at the moment – Particularly The Night Café, The K’s, The Snuts, and Calva Louise.
What’s going on with you at the moment? Do you have any gigs planed or upcoming events?
We’ve just released our latest single, ‘Blueness Is A Heavy Stone’, and the reaction to that song has been pretty unreal man. So much love and support for it. We’ve also been getting a load of interviews and chatting to lovely people like yourselves which we love – So thank you for having us!
Gig-wise; we supported our boys SISTERAY on the 9th November at Oslo in Hackney which was a big boy gig. There’s a lot coming up for us, and we’ve confirmed some wicked stuff for 2020 between January and March which we can’t wait to share. But yeah – BIG things are coming for this band.
What’s been the best gig you’ve played so far and what would be your dream gig to play?
We recently headlined the Water Rats and sold the place out which was mental – the crowd were going nuts for the tunes and singing lyrics back to us, it was a special one for sure and our best to date. I’d say dream gig is obviously that Glastonbury headline slot – but we’d love to sell out 4 nights at Brixton Academy. We’ll see eh!
Who would you most like to share a stage with (past or present)?
I think we’d all be blown away to support Catfish & The Bottlemen – We’re big old fans of the lids. But obviously that Oasis support slot looks tasty as fuck too doesn’t it…
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being in a band?
Worst thing is probably the amount of money you put into something, to see about £4 returned to you from streams and online sales haha. But it’s all part of doing it yourself. There’s nothing that’s bad about being in CAVALCADE anyway – The whole journey has been incredible and it just keeps getting better and better. The fact that we can write music, put it out, have people listen to it, have people say it’s one of their favourite songs, have that music speaking to people in ways we couldn’t imagine… even doing these interviews – It’s all fucking wicked man. We love it. We only started a band to record a demo… we’ve just signed a record deal, I’m buzzin’!
What three words best sum you up as a band?
Steve. Norris. Dancers.
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Finally, we like to say a big Thank You to CAVALCADE for talking to The Songbird xxx