Alabama rockers, Cavalen and House of Curses joined Hawthorne Heights for a sold out show at SideTracks (Huntsville, AL) on 11-3-17. Flyunder Entertainment brought along Tennessee artists The Persuaded and Artifas to join the night’s line up.
Cavalen’s lead singer (and quite possibly a legitimate siren) Shellina Ryals, started the set by proclaiming to the crowd that she believed, “If you pay damn good money, you better have a damn good time.” And that we did. Cavalen is a five piece out of Birmingham, AL with a bold approach to classic rock. Drummer, Brad Hardin, drove the band so hard that his bass peddle actually split in half! Thanks to a stellar road crew, it was quickly remedied and Hardin never slowed. Cavalen keeps it in the family with husband and wife duo, Steven (guitar) and Shellina. The couple, along with, Jesslyn Parmley, once performed under the name, Two State Nation. Cavalen has already produced, not only a local buzz, but overseas as well, such as the UK and Australia.
Between crunchy, stand-out guitar riffs (“Guns”/”Little Cheap Love”) to power hungry bridges (“Scream in Whispers”), Cavalen can definitely support the soulful stamina behind the vocals. Reminiscent on stage of such greats as Janice Joplin and Grace Slick, you are lured into a captivating moment in time. I would personally love to see a Marmozets and Cavalen ticket pairing in the future. Shellina makes it a point to perform sober which is refreshing and all too rare in this industry, not to mention, she also performs barefoot. These small facts add to the genuine feel created in their live performance. Be sure to check out their self titled EP, out now, that includes their singles “Viva Adore” and “Delicate Side.”
Cavalen: Shellina Ryals, Steven Ryals, Jesslyn Parmley, Brad Hardin and Alan Light
House of Curses takes their own spin at brutally, beautiful metal from their northern Alabama home base and beyond. Their upcoming album is currently being mixed in New Jersey at Architekt Music, home to many artists, including Sevendust. 3/5ths of the lineup have completed a full tour run with Sevendust under a previous creative endeavor. The album is tentatively set for an early 2018 release but the group isn’t holding back while they wait. House of Curses can already boast an endorsement with Jericho Guitars and a partnership with Amplify Apparel and have more in the works.
With a style that gets frequent comparisons to a harder hitting Deftones (Chino Moreno), House of Curses vocalist, Daniel Stockfisch is proving he is so much more with his unique sound. Daniel provides both clean singing and guttural, wrenching screams. Intense vocals are prominent in their tracks “Demons” and “Streetmeat” in particular. House of Curses proves their range with their more melodic side on “Moose.” What it misses in screaming, it more than makes up for in dynamic music. “8” is the one for our string fans and shows off more than the standard walking bass line.
Both Cavalen and House of Curses are driven musicians with lofty goals for 2018. They are perfect examples of the wide scope of talent emerging out of Alabama. I look forward to saying, “I knew them when…”
House of Curses: Daniel Stockfisch, Josh Thompson, Joshua “J2” Smith, James Parker and Brad Long