Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Local drummer Benji Lee joins national act Caveman

The band will play SXSW on Wed. March 16

Posted by Kelly Rae Smith on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 12:40 PM

LIBBY WILLIAMS
  • Libby Williams

You may remember Benji Lee from this City Paper feature last year revealing his return to music amid an ongoing battle with depression. Since then, Lee has been unstoppable behind the drums with everyone from FALINE and Grace Joyner to Jump, Little Children and Slow Runner. And now the musician, who relocated to Charleston from Brooklyn a year ago, has joined up with national indie-rock act, Caveman.

The Brooklyn-based band — comprising Lee, frontman Matthew Iwanusa, lead guitarist James Carbonetti, bassist Jeff Berrall, keyboardist Sam Hopkins, and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Prescott Clark — is in pretty high demand at the moment. With a busy tour schedule ahead this summer, they're set to perform at several high-profile music festivals, including Austin's SXSW, Shaky Knees in Atlanta, and New York City’s Panorama.

Last month, the release of Caveman’s new single ,“Never Going Back,” and third album, Otero War, was announced by Billboard and described as “something of a mainstream breakthrough for the band.”

So how did the addition of Lee come together?

“My friend Albert DiFiore produced their record that comes out this summer,” Lee says. “Their drummer recently left, so he gave me a call and recommended me for the gig. I went up to NYC for the first time since I left a year ago, and it felt like a great fit, musically and personally. I’m pumped to be a part of it. I feel like big things are coming their way, and I’m honored to be a small part of it.”




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