Exclusive Song Premiere: ‘Stay Home Tonight,’ Cains & Abels

Published February 1, 2012

ABOVE: DAVID SAMPSON OF CAINS & ABELS

It’s Wednesday post-lunch and we’re succumbing to the midweek slump.  In an attempt to fight it off, we’ve been listening to some new music—namely, “Stay Home Tonight,” the first single from Chicago folk-rock three-piece Cains & Abels’* upcoming LP. We’d recommend the band to any fans of the Sufjan Stevens, Deer Tick, Grizzly Bear wave of the late 2000s. With their guitar-based, steady drum beats and natural imagery, Cains & Abels is a little less energetic than Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, but a little less subdued than Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. They’ve has been described as “more fall/winter/spring music than summer music,” and they’re okay with that.

The band’s biblical name is perhaps a reflection of front-man David Sampson’s conservative upbringing; Sampson was raised in a house so conservative the Beatles were considered subversive. We wonder what his parents would think of today’s emerging acts such as Tyler the Creator… This will be Cains & Abels second full-length LP; their first, Call Me Up was released in 2009.

*Not to be confused not to be confused with screaming metal-core band, Cain & Abel. Seriously, do not make this mistake.

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