“Cavina is like a bomb ready to explode and that reminds me a lot of the beginning of Guns,” is how Doug Goldstein (former Guns ‘N’ Roses manager in the golden era) described them to Rolling Stone Magazine Brazil, who, alongside Rock Brigade and Road Crew, got triggered by their sound and headlined them in their magazines. Cavina was also considered this year one of the best eleven Brazilian bands of the new generation by Wiki Metal, one of the biggest metal websites in Latin America.
Since the band moved to London in 2016, Cavina’s name has been spread out in the rock and metal scene, with gigs across the city, some more to be announced. Recently they won first place in the first phase of the Metal 2 the Masses competition for Bloodstock Festival 2017 and the band passed through to the semi-finals.
On 9th July the band released a brand new EP titled Part Of You, which they premiered at The Monarch, opening for Metalworks. No surprises, we were there! Matteus took the time to answer our questions.
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
South America: Eduardo and myself (Matteus) are from Brazil and Javier is from Bolivia.
How did you meet?
Eduardo and I are brothers, so since we were born :) Then we found Javier (drums) when we moved to London last year.
How long have you been playing as a band?
With Cavina, five years I think.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
It’s our real surname. We like how it sounds and it’s easy to speak in every language.
What are your influences?
We came from the blues of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson to bands like Metallica, Pantera, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and The Black Crowes.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music is for real, as we are.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Well, there’s a concept behind all our songs.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our show is like a big party where you can set yourself free. About how many shows we’ve played… I can’t tell you for sure but we’ve been playing a lot since we started the band.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Mosh… especially Eduardo. He is always doing this at the wrong moment!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
For me “less is more” so I just use Laney GH 50L (head), Wha Hendrix Dunlop and BC Rich Mockingbird guitars. Eduardo uses Gibson Grabber bass, Ampeg amp and Big Muff pedals
and Javier has a crazy mix of brands on his drum kit.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
Playing more gigs and fests in the UK, record a full album, get signed and touring around the world with the boys!
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
I’d love to open for Metallica, AC/DC and Iron Maiden the same day with all our mate’s bands jamming with us.