Cavern Company Drops Holiday Single

Today marks the release date of Cavern Company’s brand new single, “Every Holiday.”

With Thanksgiving this week, people have already started donning their Christmas spirit – whether it’s by putting up their plastic green trees or slipping into ugly sweaters, the holiday feeling is alive.

Cavern Company appears to be aware of the impending holiday, but their spirit seems a bit dampened. (A full story from the band about the song can be read here.)

The song is a beautiful ballad about saying goodbye to a loved one during the holidays. Each powerful note rings of love and sorrow as the band meditates on death and the resounding emotions.

“Every Holiday” is a reminder of the loss some families feel at Christmas time. Rather than telling another story of the superficial joy associated with the holiday, the band discusses real events that transpired. However, the Hallmark mindset does make an appearance in the form of describing the family gathering in the hospital, making attempts at Christmas cheer and genuinely savoring the last moments of being together.

This track may not totally put you in the holiday spirit, but it is a beautiful song that deserves to be played repeatedly.

Listen to “Every Holiday” below, and check out Cavern Company on all social media and music streaming sites.

Husbands Release Ode to a Puerto Rican Vacation, “Culebra”

Husbands, an OKC band that self-describes themselves as a “fuzzy pop band that triangulates krautrock, garage, and surf pop harmonies” are releasing their latest single, “Culebra” on November 26.

With a catchy hook and a peppy sound, “Culebra” documents vacationing in Puerto Rico while engaging in deep, serious thoughts on death. A buzzing beat pairs with pensive lyrics, creating a meditative sound.

Subdued vocals prevent emotional overload – the whole song sounds like gray thoughts slipping into the head of someone relaxing by the poolside. The sun seems to fend off most of the darkness, keeping the person contemplative rather than melancholic.

The song itself isn’t sad, despite the serious themes. According to the band, it describes “a meditation on death while on vacation.” If anything, the song sounds like someone waving off bad thoughts buzzing in their head.

This isn’t the first time the band has written songs about vacationing in exotic places. They released a single entitled “Mexico” back in August – and if the song covers are anything to go by, “Mexico” will be considered a part of the same collection as “Culebra,” as well as their October single, “3AM.”

Be sure to listen to “Culebra” when it drops tomorrow, and check out Husbands on all social media and music streaming sites.

New from The Others Like Us

On Friday, November 15, The Others Like Us released their new single, “I Wore Holes in the Corgi Socks You Gave Me.”

The song is the first released single off of the upcoming album, And I’m Sorry. The band will celebrate the new album on December 7th at Mass Movement in Tulsa (more info here).

Much like earlier stuff by the band, “I Wore Holes in the Corgi Socks You Gave Me” is an implosive song filled with inner turmoil. Pairing screams of rage with lilting run-away-with-me lyrics, a clear vision of heartbreak and frustration appears.

The song ends on a slower, sadder note. With a murmured promise to revisit in “seven years,” a sort of resignation becomes clear. While no resolution occurs, it becomes fairly obvious that acceptance and growth will happen – even if it takes time.

Check out The Others Like Us on all social media and music streaming sites, and be sure to listen to their new song below. Also, catch them at Mass Movement on December 7 for an awesome show with several other awesome bands.

Cliffdiver Premieres “At Your Own Risk”

Today, November 8, Cliffdiver premiered their second EP, At Your Own Risk.

The band previously released two singles off of the collection: “Cameron Diaz” on October 4 and “Are You Still Seeing Graig, the Orthodontist?” a month later, on November 1.

Both songs received great reception; multiple publications covered the songs (including The Alternative) and “Are You Still Seeing Graig, the Orthodontist?” was added to the spotify playlist, New Punk Tracks.

At Your Own Risk consists of five songs. Beginning with “Elwood’s” and ending with “Lost in Ikea,” something of a story arc is formed. It starts with hitting rock bottom, expressing your darkest thoughts, and then delves into details of some of the most prominent ones. By the end, however, help is sought. Things start to be “alright.”

Cliffdiver has become a poster-band for depression, bringing mental health resources to their concerts and welcoming open dialogue from their fans, and it’s not surprising to see that reflected in the EP.

The group has been open about their themes since they started promoting the EP. Little tidbits of information have been revealed on their Facebook and Twitter – like:

“Two of [the songs] have never been played live,” says the band.

Cliffdiver revealed part of their writing process and some meanings behind their songs back in May in our interview, but the message is fairly straightforward. The EP is about the process of accepting your mental illness and seeking help.

“Elwood’s” starts the EP on that low note. With talk of drinking and “not [being] good enough – not for anyone, especially myself,” emotional turmoil is evident. This is a song that will tug at your heartstrings and make your chest constrict as you relate to the seemingly hopelessness of the lyrics.

The song goes into a soliloquy discussing how [he] always blamed someone else because it was easier to do that than to accept [his] problems. [He] never felt capable of changing.

However, the song foreshadows a happy ending. Mentioning getting a therapist and some sleep, the song ends on a hopeful note.

Their latest single, “Are You Still Seeing Graig, the Orthodontist?” follows. The track is more upbeat than the other one; set over the sounds of a party, the song seems to denote being in a room full of friends and feeling alone, lost in a fit of anxiety.

Third is “Alone in Your Apartment.” With loss and frustration and the passing of blame, the song is yet another tearjerker – an emotional roller-coaster that spins and sputters.

“Cameron Diaz” acts as a turning point. It serves as a reflection; it’s the moment where you realize that you’re not okay, but you can be.

Finally, “Lost in Ikea” ends the EP. The song that ties the whole collection together, it brings more than just hope; it brings acceptance. Rather than changing and giving in to the awful thoughts, “Lost in Ikea” is about slowly realizing that “[you’re] good enough, enough for anyone, and finally, [your]self.”

The final song brings aspects and lyrics from the former ones like repeating “everything’s alright” from “Are You Still Seing Graig, the Orthodontist?” and changing the “I’m not good enough” from “Elwood’s” to “I know I’m good enough.”

Each track off of At Your Own Risk is powerful and emotional. For some, it may be like listening to your own thoughts put to a melody. However, the message of “it will get better” and “you are good enough” spins the low notes into a positive light.

You can listen to At Your Own Risk below, and you can also watch the music video they created for “Cameron Diaz.” The band will also be on tour over the next few weeks; be sure to catch them in a city near you. Check out Cliffdiver on all social media and music streaming sites.

New: Music from Burl

The band, Burl, recently added two new singles, “Taking the Heat” and “Everything You Ever Ate,” to their catalog.

From the OKC area, Burl is a self-described indie/soft rock band. Their latest singles that came out today, October 31, bring their songs on Spotify up to three. Despite their limited recordings, the band has already begun to grow a steady fan base – if their numerous mentions in Instagram stories and an upcoming interview with Lovers Spit Magazine are any indication, that is.

“Taking the Heat” is quintessentially a soft rock song. A steady, almost somber beat is paired with lyrics that beg someone to “take the heat” for them. Simple in concept, the song seems to highlight stress and anxiety, describing the moment where the weight on your shoulders grows too heavy for you to carry alone.

The second track, “Everything You Ever Ate,” seems to be some sort of parody. Beginning with a dark, “everything you ever ate lives inside of you,” and warbled music, the song makes the perfect Halloween track. While it sticks with the soft rock elements in “Taking the Heat,” the song has seriously spooky vibes.

Check out Burl on all social media and music streaming sites, and be sure to listen to their new music below:

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