Cave States Livestream
April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave States is an American indie-band, formed by Chris Grabau, Danny Kathriner, and Todd Schnitzer. The St. Louis-based band often interweaves introspective lyrics, orchestral arrangements and experimental soundscapes.
Veterans of the St. Louis Americana music community, songwriters Grabau, Kathriner, and Schnitzer have led or supported some of the regions best known bands including Magnolia Summer, Half Knots, Nadine, Colonel Ford, Wagon, and Waterloo. However, Cave States marks their first collaborate partnership.
In 2013, the trio quietly released their first album, The Great Divide, to international acclaim. While Eleven Magazine (St. Louis) stated, “It’s collaboration at its finest… a seamless wave of harmonies punctuated with the squeak and chirp of fingers on strings that never venture into the darkness the bands’ name implies.” Americana UK called Divide, “an album to savor and revisit,” while other reviews likened the band’s music to The Jayhawks, Will Oldham, and Jason Molina.
In 2016, the band released their second album, True Life to more critical praise. The album marked a notable evolution of the band sound while retaining many of the same aesthetics established by the bands’ debut. While American Songwriter tagged the bands evolution as, “Wilco-esque Americana,” No Depression praise the album as “engaging as it is inspired. It would be hard to find a better example of songwriting skills and adept elocutions all combined within the same set of songs.” Americana UK noted the album “rewards the listener over multiple spins… it’s catchy, it’s incisive, and it sounds fabulous.”
After the release of True Life, Cave States’ live presence evolved into a 6 piece band. They performed regionally as well as a series of house concerts. However, in 2018 the band retreated back to Schnitzer’s Popscreen Studios to work on a new album. While the process has taken over three years, Cave States reemerged in 2020 with a 3-song EP based on the single, “The End is Around the Corner.” Their latest release, an “Julie Says” is an EP set to be released in May 2021.