Cavanaugh – “Typecast” (Feat. P.O.S., Hemlock Ernst, & Busdriver) (Stereogum Premiere)

Hip-hop artists Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti tackle contentious issues in their new group Cavanaugh, and they’ve enlisted a small army of muscular talent to help. P.O.S, Busdriver and Hemlock Ernst (the rapping alter-ego of Sam Herring from Future Islands) are all featured in their latest single from forthcoming concept album Time And Materials. “Typecast” is menacing and tense. A ghostly sample moans beneath the word-slinging trio of rappers while ominous synths rise and fall around the verses. The group touches on the ideas behind the song and this project in their bio:

In a new urban development on the far west side of Detroit, Florida, it’s mandated by a 5 to 4 city council vote that a new housing structure be erected that has both luxury condominium units available for private ownership and section 7 housing in the same building. Via separate entrances, the Cavanaugh building services two very different populations. And though the lifestyles of the residents vary, each unit relies on the same system of pipes and wiring and are serviced by the same crew. Mike and Dave have a combined 14 years of experience in Cavanaugh maintenance. They usually work drunk, mumbling greetings to the residents, soaking up all the disdain that the higher and lower income inhabitants have for each other. They talk shit to each other all day. Complaining about their home lives, spinning passive aggressive tales where they pretend to be angrier, stronger, more expressive men.

Listen below.

Cavanaugh have also announced a string of tour dates:
11/21 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
11/22 San Jose, CA @ Back Bar
12/03 Bowling Green, OH @ Clazel Theater
12/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
12/12 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress (Outdoor)
01/14 London, England @ Birthdays
01/15 Vienna, Austria @ Rhiz
01/16 Geneva, Switzerland @ La Graviere
01/18 Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
01/19 Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden
01/20 Hamburg, Germany @ Wagenhalle
01/22 Lyon, France @ Sonic
01/23 Bristol, England @ Start The Bus

Time and Materials drops at midnight 11/19 via Mello Music Group. Pre-order it here.