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Sometimes you have to delve deep among the roots of a band to truly understand where they sit today. And searching for the origins of Brighton five-piece Cave Painting requires a burrow into their previous incarnation – a learning curve they wouldn’t be so fully formed or layered now without having experienced (and cast off). So it was that singer Adam Kane, keyboard player Sam Simon, guitarist Harry Smallwood, bassist Richard Snabel and drummer Jonathan McCawley came together from cities and towns scattered around the country to Brighton, formed a band, called it Rob The Rich, and promptly began writing and playing together.

 
This group of friends soon hit on something that felt right – but not quite right quite yet. “It was… focused on the live show,” Rich explains of the first band’s untethered, frenetic sound. A moderate amount of ears were pricked, tours undertaken, a brief froth of hype. And then things changed. Or rather, they grew.
 
“We’d written some new songs, and our previous manager didn’t like them,” laughs Rich. “He gave us an ultimatum,” adds Adam. “It was, ‘Do it the way I think you should do it, or that’s it.” And so, that was it. ‘It’ being the real birth of Cave Painting. This new batch of songs saw them shedding the more immature clatter of that first band into something more epic, confident and classy. They locked themselves in Brighton’s Electric Studios, where a couple of them also worked on and off to pay the bills. Over a period of six months away from sunlight, something special blossomed. “We just learned about atmosphere,” Sam sums up, succinctly. “We just had the rest of the day after working until 11am to have fun.”

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