Dollars to Tokens

by Cave Clove

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An ambitious followup to Cave Clove’s eponymous 2016 full-length studio album, Dollars to Tokens (slated for release 5.3.19) demonstrates a potent formula for why vocalist/songwriter Katie Colver and her band are on a fast track emerging as one of the Bay Area’s most compelling new acts. Dollars to Tokens presents five unflinching chronicles of Colver’s own emotional yet often existential triumphs and struggles. Set to psych-rock infused production brimming with electrifying guitars and a West Coast Americana songwriting sensibility, Colver explores what it means to follow one’s most fervent dreams, while addressing all of the risks and sacrifices that such a journey entails. Set aside some time to delve into these anthemic stunners while Colver and Cave Clove dive to the depths of her idiosyncratic psyche.

"This EP is about the dance between self-actualization and self-sabotage," Cave Clove frontwoman Katie Colver says of her band's new five-song release Dollars to Tokens. "A vigorous impulse to experience things as deeply and fully as possible has haunted me for my whole life. I'm quick to throw myself into the fire, push myself right to the edge of my comfort zone, or beyond, with a goal of becoming stronger. These new songs reflect a sense of recklessness and coming to terms with what’s sacred in this life."

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released May 3, 2019

Katie Colver- lead vocals, guitar
Brent Curriden- lead guitar, backup vox
Alisa Saario- bass, backup vox
Nick Moore- drums

Recorded/produced by Chris Daddio at Donut Time Audio, Oakland, CA.
All songs written by Katie Colver
Cover art photo by Ginger Fierstein
Cover design by Ray Larson

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Track Name: Edge of Emergency
We're standing on the edge of emergency
Staring at the face of it
Standing on the edge of emergency
Flirting with the face of it
And we have always had it all
We must embrace the crucible
And No one wants to be here when we fall

We’re standing on the edge, ready for the after-glow
Standing on the edge, ready to be overthrown
Standin on the edge of all we know

We're Standing on the edge of emergency
Staring at the face of it
Standing on the edge of emergency
Flirting with the face of it
And we've enchanted half of you
Thought we could phone it in its true
And no-one wants to tell us what to do

There is a thread of ocean within you
In it you'll find solutions to our battle wounds
Sometimes your sighs are cigarettes, & sometimes your tears are gin
Sometimes the sea will carry you straight home again
When we’ve taken our fall we can begin

Standing on the edge, ready for the after-glow
Standing on the edge, ready to be overthrown
Standing on the edge of a a all we know
Track Name: I'm Still Trying
I’m up here worrying about my man
Asking stars to appear
I’m up here waiting for answers
For the summer blues to clear
His was a story of war that night
And the silence smothered his speech
Well his wounds came out and knocked the wind out of me
Broke my heart and knocked the wind out of me

And i’m still trying
I swear I’ve been through this once or twice
And i’m still trying
My heart is doing the driving
I’m still trying
I’m telling us all to pray
I’m still trying
I see the light
Im still trying
Til we’re free

We lay down with our heads connected
Watched our bodies decay
We came back reborn and ready to face that glorious day
We saw things in the sky that night that I have no words to explain
Fill our bones with smoke and push out all the pain
Track Name: Sage Advice
So much for my fortune
I’ll gamble with all I’ve been given
I’ll have a new version of pride
When I see you again
See the king rising
All eyes are on spaces between us
And we’ll take back all of that doubt
And we’ll own this town
We’ll take back all of that doubt and bury it

And I’m not afraid to ask you
What would it be liiike not to have to choose
And I will internalize that sage advice
I will subscribe to that ancient sage advice

I’ve only continued
My dollars have all turned to tokens
At least I’ll be able to say I followed my dreams
At least i have people to sing with
You know I’ve been drinking
I’ll try to keep doin what I’m doing less Recklessly
I’ll try to keep doing what I’m doin til you choose for me

And I’m not afraid to ask you
What would it be liiike not to have to choose
And I will internalize that sage advice
I will subscribe to that ancient sage advice
Track Name: Rocked
Lay it on me
I'm rocked heavy
Pray for me please
I'll be ready
Look at all the times we've had
I don't want to slip away
Want you so bad
I'd start again today

A round or two is left in me
How can there be
a game with so much cheating
when very little's holding up the meaning
I cry peacefully while you lay sleeping

And the rain came down with messages
the rain came down on my restlessness
Force-feeding me my prayer
Mimicking my green eyes and how much they care

A drop or 2 is left in me
how can there be
A game With so much feeling
When I can’t feel a thing til morning's beating
I sit shamefully while you speak clearly
Track Name: Velvet Coat
When you’re wondering how you keep repeating, deceiving
Ask the man in the velvet coat
He’ll give your words new meaning
Don’t you know that your thoughts are things
It’s a joke, it’s healing

Why keep grumbling about the way
His time is spent on dreaming
Take his medicine with a sense
Of happiness and agency
Won’t you help me help you out
It’s a game, it’s healing

And I should have been worth your time
I should have made you check your pride
We’ll put our stones out on the nights of the full moons
Why do we have to suffer all the time?

And we can’t keep floating above it all
We need that fire to survive
We can’t attempt to destroy it all on our own damn timeline
The fire it will be warm for you
Warm for my baby
The journey will be effortless

I’m enjoying forgiving you
Working hard this evening
Planting seeds for a friend to come
And elevate the ceiling
Don’t you know that your thoughts are things
Its a joke, it’s healing

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