Meat: The Cleavers
When Wheels Were Square
By Jon Whiten
Over the past half-year, as I've thrown myself into being the de facto "music editor" here, I've been more than pleasantly surprised at how alive and interesting the independent music scene all over the state really is. Jersey Beat's Jim Testa recently noted, in Tris McCall's 2006 Critic's Poll, that the "Most Welcome Surprise" for him last year was "the resurgence of New Brunswick's underground music scene." Judging by the songs and bands I've heard coming out of the Hub City and surrounding areas, I'm inclined to agree with him. And what's more, this isn't your older cousin's New Brunswick scene -- all variations on the theme of Lifetime -- the range of bands and musical styles coming out of the central Jersey area is impressively vast.
Meat: The Cleavers is a part of that resurgence, if by nothing other than the virtue of geography. The band is essentially the solo project of New Brunswick's Chris Caccavale. His is a common story -- he had a bunch of songs, so he went ahead and recorded them, turning the songs into two releases (The Emmit Brown EP and Evacuate the Village). Now Caccavale's got a full-length (six songs, about 41 minutes) that's about to be released, When Wheels Were Square.