Jobless and divorced, Jeremy Cavan was thrown into a creative hiatus near the end of 2016 due to financial struggles. After pawning off some of his belongings to rid himself of student debt, Cavan continued to write new music, and he had eventually written albums for three different bands.
Upon hearing “Sunbather” by Deafhaven, Cavan had a new vision, and he then set out to create The Long Dark Road.
After going through four different guitarists and three different drummers, in addition to a multitude of other setbacks, the band settled on two permanent members (Jeremy & Rufus Cavan) alongside Jeremy’s brother Toby playing drums; the band was finally able to start working on their project.
Trouble would come, however, and Cavan was eventually forced to record, engineer, and mix the album himself.
In a push to be innovative, Cavan saw it necessary to add melancholy to Black Metal Hardcore, so he stylistically mirrored the vocal & musical effects of bands like Nirvana, Nomeansno, and Propagandhi. Soon enough, his brainchild was finished.
In the first of the four songs, The Tragedy of the Commons, TLDR references private ownership of human necessities: water, air, and soil. Interestingly, the song builds tension throughout, transitioning from melancholic to enjoyably aggressive in the end.
The EP’s halfway point, “I Will Follow”, addresses the human desire to fit in, and it does it in the vein of Canadian band Ninjaspy. TLDR does well in creating a brooding atmosphere throughout this track through the use of bass and strategically-placed moments of silence. “I Will Follow” is arguably most accomplished track on the EP, which says a lot given that the other three songs are excellent as well.
The title track demonstrates the music diversity of TLDR as it traverses through Hardcore and Punk, as well as Psychedelic Rock influences suggestive of David Gilmore. Essentially, the track serves as a perfect metaphor for the tribulations of life. Good moments are often followed by sorrow or disappointment, as well as anguish. However, TLDR is sure to end the EP on a good note, and the ending of the track can be considered “a light at the end of the long dark road.”
According to Jeremy Cavan, this EP “saved [him] from the bottom.” Though he is financially drained (as he admits), he believes that the album is a “complete art piece” that he is excited to share with the world.
Luckily for him, the world is also excited to listen.