Watch: cagework – ‘Modesty’

Check out this killer new track from Cagework. This is next level cool. Cagework is a new project fronted by Sam Bedford. A three-piece formed in South-West England, they draw inspiration […]

Check out this killer new track from Cagework. This is next level cool.

Cagework is a new project fronted by Sam Bedford. A three-piece formed in South-West England, they draw inspiration from odd lo-fi indie, post-hardcore, early emo and smatterings of avant-garde folk. The band have been together less than a year, playing shows in South London and beyond, releasing one single. And now…

Coming in at 16 minutes, the self-titled debut album is as direct as it is vibrant. Dissonant, atonal, yet somehow hook-driven, its confidence and self-assuredness demonstrative of a band long into the game, not a group only beginning so recently. As Bedford explains, “It seems strange to want to draw a line under such a short period of time, considering we’ve been a band for less than a year,” says Bedford. “But we were looking ahead and really wanted to have these songs documented, with so many more being written all the time.”

Cagework were spotted by Justin Lockey (Mastersystem/Minor Victories) who was immediately keen to produce and release the album on Physical Education, a label he co-runs. Evidently, the production on the album has been left as abrasive and raw as Bedford intended:  all big drums and Albini influenced discord. 

Cagework released first single Simmer in April 2018, receiving praise and support from the likes of So Young, Clash and Rough Trade, with repeated spins from Huw Stephens, Gideon Coe and Amy Lamé. 

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