The real roots of the Cavern though were punk rock. We had promoted bands like FUGAZI, HOLE, VERBAL ASSAULT at various venues under the monicker HOMETOWN ATROCITIES, but ultimately needed a dedicated venue (due to the limited appeal of bands like Econochrist for your average Exeter landlady!.) The local band scene at the time was small but active - The Hometown Atrocities crew consisted of Martin Edmunds and myself (who went on to be in Annalise), Thom Yorke from Radiohead, Shack from Lunatic Calm, and Paul Symes who went onto form Dead Inside. Recent Exeter based bands who have dominated the scene include Muse, Kids Near Water, Tyler, The Buffseeds and Appliance. (Also if you were around in the late 90s you would have seen Chris Martin and Coldplay frequent the Cavern on a number of occasions.)
Pippa Wragg started a punk/indie night in '97 called THE PIXIE CLUB which became FREAKSCENE in 1999 . There have been many great Freakscene shows including Fugazi, Idlewild, Jets To Brazil, Snuff, Hundred Reasons, Bluetip, A, Rival Schools, Samiam, Burning Airlines, Koufax, Ensign, Sick Of It All, Converge, Clutch. In 2001 we started Freakscene records and have put out releases by Tyler, Cars As Weapons, Shoe and Lamb Quartet.
Recent years have seen the wheel turn full circle with Tom Capone and Walter Schreiffels from Quicksand (the first band to step on the Cavern stage Valentines Day 1991) return with their new bands Rival Schools and Instruction.
We've made loads of good friends including Hell Is For Heroes, Reuben, Lucky 13 .... and Hundred Reasons of course - who gave us an awesome secret show in March 2003 where they played their new songs for the first time live to a select audience.
So, we've put on around 10,000 bands since we started up all those years ago - here's to the next big show!
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