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Ultimately, every struggling rock band wants the same thing out of life… To become big stars, to have their music heard by millions, and most importantly, to have their passion become their profession. But as the members of CAVO can attest to, the journey is a difficult one. And the effort comes at a price. What began late in 2000 as a hobby quickly became more of a serious obsession for Chris Hobbs, Chad La Roy, and Casey Walker, the founding members of this St. Louis rock band. After the release of their debut EP, A Space to Fill in 2003, some regional airplay and lots of self-belief, CAVO thought that the time had come for their shot at stardom. But it didn’t happen…
And then things started to fall apart. Their producer went AWOL. Substance abuse took its toll on one member. The marriage of another fell apart. At rock bottom in their personal lives, and just about to give up on their passion, the band decided to lock themselves away for as long as it took to focus on getting their lives together and creating new music based on their real-life experiences.
Now, nearly 3 years later in 2006, CAVO has emerged as a refreshed band, losing one member and gaining Brian Smith on bass, a new outlook and a refined sound that is sure to garner some national attention. While their second independent release, The Painful Art of Letting Go, paints a dark and desolate picture from the title of the CD, vocalist Casey Walker explains that the name only reflects one side of the multilayered album.
“There are definitely songs on this record that show the harsh realities of life and trying to keep your head above water,” he says. “Songs like ‘Awake,’ ‘Nameless’ and ‘Painful Art’ (from which the CD’s title originates) came to fruition as the band dealt with several internal and personal struggles. Those were some of the darkest times we’ve ever faced.”
He adds, “But through those struggles comes a growing process. In the end, all healing comes from ‘letting go.’ All great art comes from a place of honesty, and we weren’t satisfied by being dishonest with ourselves any longer. Songs like ‘Gone’ and ‘Waiting for Silence’ kind of wrote themselves as we came to that realization.” “The Painful Art of Letting Go provides a unique balance of opposites: happiness and sadness, shallowness and depth. Even though we’ve all experienced loss and disappointment recently, it’s made us who we are today, and we’re quite proud of what we’ve become as a band. We’ve brought closure to those issues together as a family,” concludes Walker.
So what does CAVO want out of life now? Without a doubt the answer is the same as it was in the beginning. The passion is, will always be, an obsession. These four guys have emerged on the other side, stronger than ever, and will stop at nothing to fulfill their dreams. The members of CAVO have learned a lot about life… To take things as they come, and to never lose sight of what’s really important: family, friendship and most of all, the music.
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