By larry may
The biggest issue that has music consumers crying foul is that a lot of the albums being offered by bands and labels aren’t strong from start to finish. If an album boasts one strong track, three okay singles and the rest is spackled together from a stew of half -baked filler and absolute crap, why should the album cost full price? Foisting easily identifiable slop to fans of your first single doesn’t only smack of greed and laziness, it also encourages apathy and disdain from the faithful that still buy music. This practice isn’t ascribable to just one genre of music. From hip-hop to rock, fans are becoming more disillusioned with the current state of music available at any point on the musical spectrum.
It is indeed a rare occurrence when an album continues to chart (and sell) more than a year after its release. Cavo released their album, “Bright Nights, Dark Days” in August of 2009 to much acclaim, crashing the charts with their first single and ode to failed romance, “Champagne”. A year and some successful singles later, the band is releasing a new single and headlining mid size venues. There is only one reason why the band continues to do so well. “Bright Nights” isn’t bogged down with any bad songs. It has rockers that do well on the radio, and has slower tunes that fill in the gaps when the group decides to slow the tempo.
Touring for a year behind a strong record is many a musician’s dream. It opens up the door to become tighter as a unit, earn well deserved cash and shift more units. Cavo’s lead singer and lyricist, Casey Walker, is on the road and accomplishing all three facets of their plan to prosper as a touring and recording band. He also was unfortunate enough to call me and talk about their rise to popularity and lessons learned in a bus.