Cave In – Lost in the Air / Lift Off

5 out of 5

Label: Hydra Head

Produced by: Paul Q. Kolderie, Sean Slade

One of the two mini-releases Cave In offered up before their major label debut and, to many followers, a likely indicator of what to expect from all their claims of wanting to mix U2 stadium rock with Radiohead artsiness.

…Which ended up being a fairly accurate description of Antenna, but could’ve used some rock-n-rollier comparisons for this single, which strips their Jupiter sound of its navel gazing for straight-up riffing glory.  Really, it’s the best moments from Antenna (the A side did indeed make its way onto that album…) but with a less radio-ready mix, which ends up sounding right in yer ears and awesome.  Stephen Brodsky’s lyrics are still cheesy as heck, but the momentum of each track and their inherent catchiness make that cheesiness a singalong factor instead of eyeroll worthy.

I was hyped when this single happened, and it might be the only Cave In experience (from any era) that I instantly glommed to.