Cave In Brings Eclectic Sound To Lollapalooza

Considering Cave In's style runs the gamut from hardcore to prog/metal to more standard "alternative" rock fare, guitarist Adam McGrath tells Billboard.com the group is right at home..

Considering Cave In's style runs the gamut from hardcore to prog/metal to more standard "alternative" rock fare, guitarist Adam McGrath tells Billboard.com the group is right at home as a second-stage act for eight dates on the equally diverse Lollapalooza tour.

"This tour is a very good opportunity to play with some very good and different types of bands, and kind of expose us to a lot of new people," says McGrath. "It's kind of like an alternative tour. There is the Summer Sanitarium Tour, and there is Ozzfest 2003, but I think Lollapalooza is a little more special. You have a lot of different types of rock bands on there, and I think the world needs that right now."

Cave In came together in the shadow of Massachusetts' hardcore/metal scene, which the band was hoping to join. Eventually, as the young act began to evolve, so did its music, which broadened significantly to incorporate more alternative and theatrical elements with a less aggressive feel. Despite the maturation, McGrath says the metal influence remains.

"Definitely, I would say a song like 'Stained Silver' [from the group's recent RCA debut, "Antenna"] has an aggressive rhythm section," McGrath says. "It's not your typical indie rock. And a song such as 'Rubber and Glue' is bending chords kind of in the vein of Black Sabbath. It's so aggressive."

Although first single "Anchor" topped out at No. 34 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks airplay chart, the group got a visibility boost when it was handpicked by Dave Grohl to open recent dates for Foo Fighters. McGrath says he learned a valuable opening band trick that he is sure to exploit over the next few months.

"When you are playing in front of 17,000 people, you have to rethink things a bit because there is kind of a lack of intimacy with your audience," says McGrath. "So, you have to find ways to get them excited and basically, we find if you swear a lot or if you yell the headliner's name, people start to get real excited."

After Lollapalooza, Cave In will play the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds Festivals in late August. A second single, "Inspire," will hit rock radio outlets later this summer.