Caveman Shoestore

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Caveman Shoestore
OriginPortland, Oregon, U.S.
GenresRock in Opposition, art rock
Years active1991–2005
LabelsTim/Kerr, Build-a-Buzz
Associated actsCurlew, Tone Dogs
Past membersFred Chalenor
Amy DeVargas
Elaine di Falco
Henry Franzoni

Caveman Shoestore was an avant-prog group founded in 1991 by bassist Fred Chalenor, percussionist Henry Franzoni and keyboardist/vocalist Elaine di Falco.


Bassist Fred Chalenor and drummer Henry Franzoni had frequently collaborated since 1976, most notably in the band Face Ditch.[1] While Chalenor and Franzoni were playing at a music festival in Portland, OR, when they met vocalist Elaine di Falco, who was performing in the punk group God Wads. The trio decided to form Caveman Shoestore and recorded a ten track cassette titled Rock in 1991.

Their debut studio album, titled Master Cylinder, was released by Tim/Kerr Records in 1992. The album drew from a wide range of influences, including Conlon Nancarrow and Black Sabbath, and was compared to Discipline-era King Crimson. They followed up that album with 1994's Flux, which featured Amy DeVargas on vocals. The band collaborated with Hugh Hopper for Caveman Hughscore, released in 1995.[2] After a ten year hiatus, the band reunited and released their third full-length album Super Sale in 2005.[3]


Studio albums


  1. ^ Franzoni, Henry J. (2012). "Face Ditch: The Northwest Alternative Music Pioneers Re-Emerge". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Rusch, Bob (January 1996). "Caveman Shoestore". Cadence. Cadence Magazine, LLC. 22 (1): 33. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Lynch, Dave. "Caveman Shoestore > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved June 1, 2018.

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