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CavOk are an indie/alternative band formed in Colchester, Essex. Their sound crosses over though the many genres of popular rock and ‘Indie’. Lyrics that will strike a chord with everyday life and their wonderfully modern-retro image. For fans of more traditional rock they have the beats, intricate guitar interplay and that driving sound that could equally take you on a spiritual journey down route 66 or the M6 to the post-punk badlands of Manchester. Their explosive, tight and spell-binding live shows have attracted a large fan-base.
The band’s name is taken from the aviation term giving clearance to take off as ‘ceiling and visibility is OK’. The image of sonic propulsion this conjures-up captures perfectly the Cav-OK sound.
Cav-OK’s influences are diverse. They mention The Afghan Whigs, Joy Division, Peter Gabriel, Buzzcocks, Radiohead and Pearl Jam in conversation. Throwing such an eclectic mix of tastes into the studio’s melting pot is perhaps why their expansive, edgy sound is very much their own.
The core of the band is what’s left of the popular Colchester rockers Ray 100. Reformed and rejuvenated Cav ok present a much more formidable proposition.
In the studio all five contribute to songwriting. Tracks may start with a riff or a concept and then they all apply their ample skills to create a rock and roll soundscape. But when the work starts on songs they openly admit that no-one is above criticism and if an idea is rubbish they will say so. This attention to detail and, sometimes arduous, quality control ensures that everyone of them is happy with the eventual output and that individual egos are kept in check.
Ideas are pushed to their limit, songs are often scraped never to be heard of again or simply placed on the back burner until a spark of inspiration can return them to the boiling point.