Touring on sounds born in the bedroom
For a band based so heavily in electropop, it’s surprising that Caged Animals’ development results from connections made through a psych rock project. Now finishing a national tour with Darwin Deez, Caged Animals was initially just Vincent Cacchione’s exploration in digital sound. Locally Amped chatted with Cacchione on how his original band, Soft Black, led to Caged Animals, networking in Brooklyn and touring nationally.
Metro: How did Caged Animals begin?
Vincent Cacchione: Caged Animals was originally a solo side project. Soft Black was more traditional — [creating songs by] writing words to music — and Caged Animals was more an experiment with making songs on the computer. It was never expected to be a live act.
Metro: And then what happened?
V.C.: I’m good friends with Darwin [Smith, lead singer of Darwin Deez]. I met him seven or eight years ago. He had been discovered by [UK label] Lucky Number. Through that Zachary Cole [Smith, of DIIV], who was playing with Darwin at the time, flipped them Caged Animals. They were serious about putting it out, and I was like ‘are you serious?’ It was just something I was working on on my computer.
Metro: Sounds like you had a lot of people on your side. How did you develop connections in Brooklyn?
V.C.: For the last 11 years, I lived mostly in New York and I’ve been playing in different bands for all of that time. Me and Cole used to be in Soft Black, and I used to play guitar for Shilpa Ray. I’ve been working on this shit for years and so I know a lot of people.
Metro: You’re currently touring in support of your sophomore album, “In the Land of Giants.” How does this effort differ from Caged Animals’ first release?
V.C.: [On the first,] I used a lot of software and I felt like it was lacking songs that had anything to say. I was trying to make this record more sustainable: more emotional and a little more direct. The goal of this record was to forgo throwback sounds and use a guitar-based sound with updated production.
Metro: Caged Animals is just finishing up their second run of national dates opening for Darwin Deez this year. How has the second tour differed from the first?
V.C.: It’s been a lot quicker — we’re pounding America in our 2006 minivan. The one was spread over more time and so it was easier. We’re getting out here, playing songs to people… everything you’d want in a tour in terms of the actual shows.
Listen to the single off their sophomore album, “In the Land of Giants” and catch them Sunday night opening for Darwin Deez at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.