Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
We started jamming a band in 2012, in my parents garage. We've been playing together as people since we were kids, though.
We grew up in Venezuela and lived there for a little over 20 years; then I moved to Miami and G followed suit 4 years later. We played a bunch of gigs with bands of all sorts of styles; but after doing that for a few years we decided to get together for real and start writing music for the first time. That's how Cave of Swimmers started.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
It's really groovy. We really focus our songs to the point where they groove the most and feel the best. We used to listen to all the big bands of the 80s and 90s, so you can guess the usual suspects right off the bat. Metallica, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Sepultura... but also we listened to a lot of latin music, classic rock, hip hop, jazz, you name it; all of which influence our sound and attitudes.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
So they can listen to something different and have their minds opened up a little bit. We have a really unique sound that can be shocking to a lot of people, but we pull it off in such a way that it sounds fresh while paying respect and drawing elements from the bands we listen to as kids and in the present. Also a lot of metal bands have an aggressive and negative tinge to their lyrics. Our message is a bit more hopeful and positive.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We put out a cassette back in 2012 under the band name "The Tunnel"... That was our introduction to our audience; we played those songs at every show! Then we changed our name to Cave of Swimmers and re-released that album under the new name. The feedback is always outstanding. Everywhere we play people come up to us expressing their joy and telling us how much they dig the sound.
The new album hits even harder than our debut. Our sound has grown and matured, and the fans love it too. We released a free single "The Prince of the Power of the Air" and a lot of people have told us it's their favorite song we've ever put out.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Our live shows are crazy. We bring a lot of raw energy and have fun, while including everyone in the audience and making them feel at home. We usually play for 30 minutes which is a short time to get the point across. That's why we bring forward a good mix of fast and slow songs to give the fans a taste of what we're about.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We're a duo formed by two Venezuelan kids who met in the 4th grade. We're writing and playing at our best ever and have a new vibe and a fresh sound that people love.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Touring this summer up and down the east coast!
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?