When he was young, Joe Innes found and subsequently buried a dead rat in his garden. This event is the subject of Pet Cemetary – the opening track of his debut album The Frighteners, and is a good example of the offbeat observations that litter his songs like a bin lorry rolling down Solsbury Hill.
Joe has been playing shows in London for years, gaining support for his own personal brand of anti-folk, and finding himself supporting artists like Caitlin Rose, Sea of Bees, Alessi’s Ark and She Keeps Bees. At the end of 2011, a band was put together to record and make a bigger noise with. Thus, The Cavalcade was formed, a garage-folk outfit that has been compared to Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard and The Pogues. The band consists of drummer Chris Mitchell, guitarist Sam Simon-Norris and violinist Amy Smith.
Very little time passed between the band forming and the album being produced, a record that ended up being funded partly by a huge stack of comic books, traded in to record at East London’s The House of Strange with producer Ash Gardner, who has worked with Emmy The Great, Summer Camp, Mumford & Sons and Noah & The Whale.