A Conversation with Andy Herrin of Cavo and Their Latest Single/Video "Lead On"


"Lead On" seems to be the perfect title for the band Cavo's latest single release, (actually their second release "Muscle Memory" came out early autumn) to keep that sound of rock in forward motion. Some might say Cavo's brand of rock is leading the band forward, onward to what their fans have come to expect and love. Their brand of rock clearly seeks to bring the listener to a whole other level of rock enjoyment, any Foo fan would immediately relish Cavo's sound as their music seems to work in that strength of solid '90s with a modern rock edge. We all are certainly looking forward to what the band will be bringing us all in 2021 as await their album, Under Bridges, Bright Nights, and Thieves. Meanwhile, "Lead On" is keeping us in the Cavo groove!

Saul Treno: You have had quite a year with Cavo haven't you? What was going on during the hiatus or "break" with Cavo?

Andy Herrin: The funny thing about the break we kinda took was even though we weren’t playing a lot of shows, we were working there the entire time. We spent a lot of time writing songs and sending each other ideas and I spent a lot of time driving up from Nashville to St.Louis to rehearse and write as a band. Time kinda got away from us in some ways I guess but overall it was a good thing because I personally feel like some of my favorite Cavo songs came out of that time period.

ST: How has the band managed to keep their sanity and passion going for music through everything going on?

Andy Herrin: I think having these releases to look forward to has really helped. Our bass player, Brian Smith, is really to thank for that. We shot all the music videos we have released this year so far, last November in 2019. Brian set up the release schedule and really pushed for it. We shot all the videos in two days. At the time, we assumed we’d be out playing shows right now, so when 2020 came and everything stopped, Brian’s decision to push us really helped keep us going. We were lucky in that we already had the releases set up WITH music videos already shot. I’m thankful for that because it’s so important to have something to be excited about and to look forward to these days.

"Lead On"

ST: Your decision to release "Muscle Memory" and now "Lead On what is coming up with these, will there be an album next year?

Andy Herrin: There are a few more releases coming out early next year, all leading up to a compilation we’re all really stoked about. And we’re planning a new EP as well. We have so many songs just sitting around, some unfinished even, and we’re all looking forward to finishing them together.

ST: How easy or complex is songwriting in general and when performing live have you ever forgotten the lyrics or melody, etc?

Andy Herrin: songwriting for us is always different. Sometimes one of us will come up with a music idea and we’ll build from there or sometimes Casey will have a vocal melody and we’ll build from there. We prefer writing together when we can, we’ve always been a real band in that sense. And luckily I don’t sing haha because IF I did I would most likely forget tons of lyrics. Our singer, Casey, never seems to have a problem with that, or at least not that I’m aware of. Maybe he’s just really good at faking it If he does forget haha.

ST: Thinking of playing live... Do you have a personal favorite track you like to play live? Is it different sounding from the studio, or do you all keep true to both sides?

Andy Herrin: We try to toe the line of making it a live experience when we play the song and keeping it true to the original for the people that wanna hear it. There’s nothing worse than seeing a band play the song you’ve been waiting to hear and it’s some different version haha.
For me, I love playing “Let It Go” because I’ve just always loved the lyrics in that song and I also love playing “Straight To The Bottom” off our last record because the drums are really big and fun on that one and there’s a lot of space to go crazy live.

ST: Talk to us about the recent release "Lead On".Take us on the road it traveled.

Andy Herrin: We knew right away when we recorded “Lead On” it was going to be one of the later in the year releases. We all were fans of the song and felt it was special. Then we shot the music video and we felt the same way about the video so we knew we wanted to release it towards the end of the year. It’s a rock song but lyrically I felt Casey really hits on something with this song.

ST: Is there normally any band discussion before a song is being recorded that you all go through on how you all wanted to approach and produce?

Andy Herrin: Absolutely. We always make a list and then narrow it down song-wise. One thing that’s important to us though is we always wanna sound like Cavo. We don’t really look into any certain direction or anything like that, we just wanna make sure it sounds like us and we like it. If we’re not excited about a song, why would anyone else be ya know?

ST: What does Cavo have on track for this New Year? And plans coming with more music, touring, a book?

Andy Herrin: I guess we’ll see if shows come back fully next year because we’d really love to be out playing shows again. As of right now, we’re hopeful and we can’t wait to play again.
We’ll be releasing the compilation album and then an EP of new music to follow most likely later in the year is the plan.
Also, a book sounds like a great idea haha. 

ST: How do you feel about doing covers? Any particular song you have always wanted to do?

Andy Herrin: I’ve always felt covers can be really cool or fall really flat. It has to be that perfect mix of making a song your own but also kinda keeping it close enough to the original to pay tribute to the song.
I’ve always wanted to cover “Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth, With Money In My Hand” by Primitive Radio Gods for some reason. I love that song and it’s so strange and has this cult following I think some people would freak out but some would just be confused haha. But for some reason, I’ve always wanted to cover that song.

ST: Curious, knowing you have traveled with some pretty cool bands around the world and played... is there a "dream" tour you would love to package?

Andy Herrin: So many dream packages come to mind when you ask me that haha.
I’m gonna say The Eagles and Foo Fighters w/special guests CAVO.
Can you imagine? I’d wear that laminate for the rest of my life around my neck.

ST: Sign us off this year with some of your reflective thoughts over 2020. 

Andy Herrin: 2020 has been something else that’s for sure.
I mean if anything I think we’re all learning as people, that anything can just go away and be taken away at any time. Who would’ve thought even a year ago, that live music would be gone, that you’d have to wear a mask to go anywhere, that you couldn’t have a proper funeral for your loved ones? We never would’ve even been able to understand that less than a year ago.
I’d say life is short and we’re lucky to live this life at all. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed so be thankful and happy you even got to experience this crazy thing called life at all and hopefully we all come outta this stronger than before. Here’s to 2021 and hopefully, it’s a return somewhat to normal life.