Comprised of Alan Croft (vocals), Austin Logan (guitar), Paul Jones (bass), Steven Taylor (guitar) and Gareth Dawson (drums), the Liverpool-based quintet Cavalry have quickly caught the attention of major tastemakers such as BBC Radio 1′s Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 6′s Tom Robinson and BBC Radio 2′s Janice Long, all of whom played some for the band’s earliest tracks; and the attention of blogosphere across their native UK for a sound that has been influenced by Paul Simon, The National, Fleetwood Mac, Villagers, The Beatles and Bon Iver. Adding to a growing national and European profile, the British alt-folk quintet has opened for the British Sea Power, The Antlers and Stephen Malkmus. And amazingly enough, the band has achieved this in an incredibly quick period of time.
But when you hear Cavalry’s latest single “An Understanding,” you’ll see why and how the Liverpool-based band won national attention so quickly. Consisting of strummed acoustic guitar, chords Croft’s ethereal vocals, and a propulsive rhythm section the song reveals an incredibly self-assured band that has an uncanny gift for writing gorgeously lush melodies reminiscent of Travis’ The Invisible Band, Starsailor’s Love Is Here and Husky’s Forever So – but it also reveals that this quintet can also write a love song that has a plaintive, earnest longing at its very heart.