Cool Cavemen is a French groovy rock seven-piece band featuring Vince (singer), Steve Canett (guitar), Dam (guitar), Guiguit (bass), Raph (bass), Tomasito (sax & percussions) and Tomasson (drums). Full of energy, humour and infectious good vibes, these crazy but ingenious dudes will throw you in a frenzy you will not be able to resist! For their 10 years of existence, they released a brand new album,"Funkloric Trip" on Jamendo. We went to their cave to discover how cool they were, and unsurprisingly they are, very much so!
- Hi guys! Our readers wanna know more about your band story! How did you all meet? When did you start making music together?
Tomasson: Greetings pals! We met at a conference in Cancún about the number 6.4, back in 2004; Since we were all dressed in leopard print, we knew that we had to make noise... umm... music together. But seriously, most of us met in college, before we were bald and grumpy middle-aged men.
Tomasito: And this year is special because it has been 10 years since we created Cool Cavemen. We released the album on our anniversary date, isn't that romantic?
- Who’s taking care of the writing process, the composition process and the production process, etc.? Is the work distinctly divided between each of you?
Raph: In fact, we mostly work together and the result is a joyful mess... After that, the best of us (you must know who) lock ourselves in with all these dicks for weeks and come back with some real music!
Steve Canett: Hum, I think Raph was talking about his other "band"... Lyrics in French are mostly written by our singer Vince, English lyrics are usually written by the other members and then our Oxford dictionary representative (and sax player) Tomasito cringes while he tries to make our sentences work!
Vince: As for the music, usually our guitar player brings a melody and then we sit in a room for 4 hours fighting over how to arrange the song! On this album, other members of the group tried to bring melodies too, and we find it has worked quite well!
Dam: For the production, our drummer Tomasson has built a professional recording studio in the North of France (the Sound Up Studio) where we recorded the album. He dealt with the mixing and mastering, so we can say the record is self-produced from start to finish!
Cool Cavemen is all about fusion, an explosive magma of many genres (rock with funk, jazz, hip-hop or folk…). You must have a lot of different influences! What are they? What do you guys listen to at the moment?
Raph: Each of us in the band has their own mix of influences, and we try to put all of it together in our music!
Dam: We like to discover music from across the board, from brutal metal to smooth jazz, including international folk music and old baroque.
Tomasson: During this interview, i’m listening to "The Circle in The Square" by Flobots, amazing!
Tomasito : And I have Amy Winehouse's first album on repeat on my mp3 player.
- Going through your discography (3 albums & 2 EPs on Jamendo) and your music videos, we feel a strong sense of friendship and a great bond between all members of the band. But most of all, your music sounds crazier and crazier! Will you always try to keep that humorous touch in your musical universe?
Steve Canett: I don't understand... We just try to make something absolutely serious and with a worthwhile message : my jacket's got a neon green feather with laces, so I can fly in the dirt. Does it answer anything? No...
Guiguit': Hum... We've been playing for more than 10 years together, so it's only natural to feel some friendship in there! As for our craziness, our doctors at the mental institution agree with us.
Your new album Funkloric Trip shows Cool Cavemen at the top of their game, kind of like your “Greatest Hits”! We really feel that every one of you enjoyed making this album. Can you tell us more about the story behind it?
Vince: Oh wow, thank you! Well, we were going to call the record « Greatest Tits » but thought our moms wouldn't like that… No, really, for this album we wanted a strong concept that would be common to all songs and as we love music styles from around the world, we thought a travel-themed album would be perfect.
Dam: We started composing with that in mind from the beginning, and tried to import as many foreign rythm and melodies we could find: Polka, Samba, Country & Western, Irish Folk music… Yes, truly, we really enjoyed recording all of this!
- Your live performances must be pretty wild, we bet you have plenty of crispy anecdotes! What was the craziest performance you had?
Tomasito: Hard to decide, we have tons !
Steve Canett: One time, there was a real buffalo in the audience, and they made him crowdsurf, and he climbed up to the stage to roar a song about a banshee... After that I woke up, behind my drums……I was really... reaaaalllllyyyy.... drunk.
Guiguit': Once someone climbed onstage and started getting naked, then he turned into a buffalo and tried crowdsurfing… and… then my cat started lecturing me about the dangers of alcohol consumption.
What’s coming next for Cool Cavemen? Any plans for the future?
Tomasson: Actually, some of us have formed new bands... I'm a part of Trapped In Freedom, and I have a new project with Raph the bassist (K2). Tomasito has had his project, Omashay, for several years now. As for Cool Cavemen itself, we are on standby, concentrating on the release of the album at the moment.
Last question: If you had the opportunity to choose an unconventional place to play live, what/where would it be?
On top of one of the biggest mountains! Ideal for the climbers we have in the band...
You're more than welcome! See you next time!