EP Review: Future Cavemen – 1

Future Cavemen is an artist that I’ve been enthralled with since I discovered him through his track Chalk Lines back in September. The track, along with the follow up single Flowers, features on his new EP 1, so I knew I had to give it listen.

By Graeme Smith

Feature Photo by Sojan

The man behind Future Cavemen is Joe Tennant, a Somerset-based singer songwriter who is something of a one-man band. Whatever he is, he creates a rich and frenetic rock sound that is steeped in lyricism and political commentary.

The EP starts with the Jimmy The Breezy, a biographical track that explores mental health through a machine-gun like arrangement. Drums, bass and guitar combine to create a relentless sound that back up Joe’s expressive vocals. The lyrics are packed with small details that brings the track’s story to life. It’s a strong start.

The aforementioned single Chalk Lines comes next and it’s still the banger I remember it to be. It starts more delicately than Jimmy The Breeze, giving Joe’s poetry room to breath and its surrealism is utterly compelling. I don’t think anyone has captured what it’s felt like living through the last thirty years better than he has.

Track three is Flowers, a track that intertwines mental health with the natural world which I had the pleasure of reviewing as a single last month. It’s melodic indie rock in the style that first came to prominence in the ’90s and has made a recent resurgence. It’s the EP’s gentlest moment.

The EP closes with Don’t Remember Me, its only track that has not been previously released. It acts as a wonderful bonus treat for those who have already been following Joe’s music. It brings a bit of a punk rock edge with its guitar riff, but there are unexpected folk moments too. It’s so difficult to pigeon-hole and I think that’s what I like most about Future Cavemen’s style.

Future Cavemen is an astonishing act, still new to the scene but with such a developed and unique sound. This EP serves as a great collection to introduce Joe’s music to the world. I can’t wait to see where he takes his sound next.

You can hear 1 below.