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Knocking back a few at Habits with SLC’s Cavedoll.

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Tuesday night is ladies’ night in South Salt Lake. There’s only one lady rollin’ with our crew, but it’ll do for a Fubar (the irregular feature wherein we take a band out to a club for chat and drinks; this episode brought to you by Natalie of Future Brands spirits distribution and Level and Absolut Vodkas'product placement achieved).

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Salt Lake City’s Cavedoll have one “official” album (The Harbor) and more than 100 MP3s available online at Cavedoll.com, singer/guitarist/songwriter/recording engineer Camden Ray and bassist/singer Janet Marie combining elements of glam, electronic and indie-rock for glittering pop confections that refuse to leave your head and may even cause cavities. Fubar sat down with the duo amid plates of chocolate strawberries and pole-dancing demonstrations last week at Habits (832 E. 3900 South); the following ensued:

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City Weekly [Level Rocks]: Welcome to Habits, Cavedoll'how are you enjoying being a lady tonight? [“Fergalicious” pumps in background]

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Camden Ray [Long Island Iced Tea]: Well, I am feeling pretty sexy.

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Janet Marie [Rum & Red Bull]: I think I might try the stripper pole if I drink a few more of these. Keep an eye on me.

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CW: You recently lost your drummer, right?

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CR: I wouldn’t say we lost him. We know where he is'we just chose for him not to be with us anymore.

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JM: Sharon Osbourne once said that there’s something amiss in your head if you want to beat the shit out of things for a living.

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CW: [Absolut Blue Blush]: So how did you get involved with Cavedoll?

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JM: [another Rum & Red Bull, seat-dancing to Prince]: I scoured City Weekly’s musician ads for over a year to find something that appealed to me. I was being really picky. I could have wound up in Las Vegas playing car shows'luckily, that gig didn’t come through. After that close call, I thought, “OK, I have to do something I really love.” I saw Camden’s ad, went to the Website and listened to the songs'I was dialing his number after 30 seconds.

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CR: [another Long Island]: She sounded kind of nervous and excited on her voice-mail message. She just said, “Uh, I’m calling about the ad'call me back.” But she didn’t leave a name.

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JM: I didn’t leave my name? I was really excited and nervous, because I loved the music and wanted a chance at it.

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CW: Was it because Cavedoll’s music is so super-poptastic, almost like there’s glitter coming off of it? [Shakira cranks, dance floor floods with women]

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JM: Yeah, I like that'I like glittery things.

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CR: [another Long Island]: It’s strange to say, but I owe it all to Mark Kendall of Great White [currently an Ogden resident]. For years, my favorite stuff to listen to has been The Beatles, anything with great pop songwriting. That’s kind of what I’ve been aspiring to. But nothing was clicking; I was trying to make things too complicated. Then I met Mark while recording a local hip-hop project'one of the guys was his cousin and he came to record some guitar parts. He heard some of my stuff and liked it; he co-produced half of Harbor. He’d say, “Here’s an idea: rhyme once in a while.” [Laughs] He gave me a lot of good advice, helped me focus. I’d never even heard a Great White song before.

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JM: I had one of their albums … when I was 14.

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CW: [Absolut Greyhound]: With all of the recording work Cavedoll does, is playing shows much of a priority?

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JM: [another Rum & Red Bull]: It generates interest that we wouldn’t otherwise get. Not everybody surfs the Web; some people actually go out and have lives. [Laughs, curiously eying the stripper pole]

CAVEDOLL
ttUtah Arts Festival
ttMain Library 400 S. 200 East
ttFriday, June 22
tt9 p.m.
ttuaf.org

Brewskis
tt244 25th Street
ttOgden
ttSaturday, June 23
tt10 p.m.
tt801-394-1713

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