At the very front of The Cavalcade’s record collection is Felt’s The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories. Right behind it would be Suburban Light by The Clientele, Before Hollywood by The Go-Betweens, The Sun A Small Star by The Servants and Love Resistance by Apple Boutique.
The self-released debut ep by this Preston trio, Meet You In The Rain, is full of cascading Spanish-style guitars that, surely, only Maurice Deebank, Alasdair Maclean of The Clientele and some elderly gentlemen in the foothills of the Sierra Morena could replicate.
While The Cavalcade have many of the same influences as The Clientele –Lou Reed’s bleak romantic ballads, particularly – they have a demonstrably stronger indiepop side to their aesthetic; Voices, for example, nods to Honeybunch’s Hey Blue Sky! while the ep as a whole suggests what Johnny Marr was doing in 1983-4 before he decided that, actually, The Smiths were going to be a rock band.