Your Honest Answer
Cavalier is going to be your new guilty pleasure that you need to both confront and come to terms with. Drawing upon an extremely wide range of musical influences, from modern metal bands such as Converge to classics like Billy Joel, it is almost unbelievable that Cavalier, this Tacoma, Washington based 6-piece band, ended up sounding more along the lines of Third Eye Blind and Ben Folds. "The bands we had all been in previously sounded exactly like what everyone else was putting out...we just had to look back at what made the bands we loved growing up so great and start from there,' explains front-man Stephen Lloyd. "When we first started [Cavalier], we wanted to establish a style of music that was open to a lot of creativity and change as the band progresses and grows,' stats drummer and co-songwriter Sam Franklin. This winter, Cavalier has done just that. With their 2006-quasi-self-produced-debut-EP-release (in-hale) "Your Honest Answer', they achieve an impeccable new heartfelt and driven sound that still manages to retain that integrity and odd sense of familiarity that touches you and seems to stick. 'We pretty much wrote and recorded this EP between the hours of 1-4 AM for a couple weeks straight last winter in a Shurgard Storage unit,' recalls Lloyd. Mastering of the record was done by Troy Glessener (Underoath, Acceptance, Pedro The Lion) at Spectre Studios and then sent off to be pressed along with their artwork designed completely by the band itself. With ages ranging from 18-22 the members have all been playing music at school or in bands since their early teens yet have only been playing shows together as Cavalier since summer of 2005. They all share the same goal of not only making this band a career, but more importantly to them making a sound that pushes the pop envelope along with the broad boundaries of indie rock.