Caged Animals are the ne plus ultra of artistic vulnerability. The band’s sound is therapeutic but their message comes from a place of pensive angst. Caged Animals channels a unique brand of honesty that makes their music relatable and highly infectious. In fact, the band’s name is more than a name, it is human existence defined in two words.
Lead vocalist, Vincent Cacchione, knows pain, but not in a brooding Kurt Cobain sort of way. Cacchione is an optimistic fellow whose easygoing, and occasionally cheerful demeanor is anchored by a painful awareness of life’s highs and lows. While most of us batten down the hatches when a storm comes, Vincent Cacchione stands in the rain and writes a song. Cacchione writes to the rhythm of ruin but promotes a sense of renewal, like the storm that devastates, but allows us to rebuild.
Caged Animals’ sound is walking on sunshine despite being near death. Their sound is a mixture of optimism and fear–picture pop music with a knife in its back, upbeat but hardly naive about its plight. We sat down with lead vocalist, Vincent Cacchione, to discuss his inspirations and Caged Animals’ latest project, In the Land of Giants.
Akeem is our founder. A writer, poet, curator and profuse sweater, he is responsible for the curatorial direction and overall voice of Quiet Lunch. The Bronx native has read at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, KGB Bar, Lovecraft and SHAG–with works published in Palabra Luminosas and LiVE MAG13. He has also curated solo and group exhibitions at numerous galleries in Chelsea, Harlem, Bushwick and Lower Manhattan.