Concrete Caverns are a four-piece indie rock outfit who formed in North London in 2014. Joe Driffield (lead vocal and rhythm guitar), Zach Stone (backing vocal and lead guitar), Liam Banga (backing vocal and bass), and Adam Strain (drums and percussion), deliver high energy indie rock inspired by bands like Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, and Catfish and the Bottlemen. In a recent review of a performance at NME award winning venue, ‘The Horn’ in St. Albans, Indie Underground described their sound as, “messy gritty indie rock with a refreshingly unique edge, and this sets Concrete Caverns up on a different level to most bands out there currently.”
The band frequently perform at The Horn in Liam’s hometown of St. Albans, where they have supported emerging artists including October Drift, BlackWaters, Strange Bones, and Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles. As well as regular support slots here, they also played Independent Venue Week 2016 and 2017. Their polished performances have prompted the likes of Big Jim Cambo from Tom Robinson’s, ‘Fresh on the Net’, to comment, “I look up to all you musicians, but the bass player from @ConcreteCaverns (excellent live) takes metaphors to a new height.”
Frontman, Joe, is a live wire on stage. His raw vocals and animation never fail to captivate an audience. When he’s not on stage, he can be found busking in London, or at rallies promoting peace, love, tolerance and equality. Joe captures these ideals in his songwriting with tracks like “Unforgivable”, a plea to ‘Save our NHS’.
Bass player, Liam, is the band’s other main songwriter, scripting tracks like “That’s Why”, a passionate story about the stress of a long-distance relationship. Indie Underground wrote, “Tracks like That’s Why have the potential to become huge indie rock anthems, with the heavy guitar giving them an edge over lots of the bland indie rock out there”.
Zach’s intricate guitar work brings melodic enormity to Concrete Caverns. His solos were singled out for praise by the judges at the 2016 “Rock the House” awards, a national competition that the band went on to win in July 2016. Adam is the band’s backbone and heartbeat. After his arrival in early 2017, Concrete Caverns were confirmed to play the main stage at Wilkestock Charity Music Festival, where they share the line-up with Vant, Razorlight, Carl Barât and The Jackals, The Wholls, The Sherlocks, Yak, and 485C.
In June, Northern Exposure listed Concrete Caverns as one of their “25 Upcoming Bands You Need To Know”.