Troy Oftedal (2nd from left) and fellow Cave Bastards
The only known San Diego casualty caused by Hurricane Harvey was Cave Bastard’s August 26 show in San Antonio.
The extreme metal band’s tour of nine southwestern cities intersected with the catastrophic storm. They learned on the road their Faust Tavern gig in San Antonio was canceled.
- Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 9 p.m.
4746 El Cajon Boulevard,
“We were following the storm on Doppler radar,” said bassist Troy Oftedal. “Luckily we had been talking with the [San Antonio] promoter and we just decided that the show was not going to happen. He promised us a makeup date.”
The killer downpour notwithstanding, Oftedal says he missed touring. This was the first Cave Bastard tour since the band formed three years ago. He spent 11 years among San Diego’s internationally famous hardcore thrashers Cattle Decapitation. Oftedal was going on up to three U.S. tours a year when he left the band in 2009. “I needed a break for a while. I got a little sick. I had to deal with some gut problems.”
Cave Bastard in Long Beach, 8/3/16
He says Cattle sometimes got a bad rap for being militant vegans. “Our message really was that the majority of people suck and animals are fucking awesome.”
Oftedal, who remains a vegetarian, recalls getting ribbed by the meat-eating metalheads he used to tour with in Cattle. “They would say, ‘Hey, look guys, there’s a whole field of grass. Do you want to pull over and get a salad?’”
He says three-fifths of Cave Bastard don’t eat flesh, which can be a challenge while touring Texas. “There are a lot of Waffle House stops.”
Playing on three dates of this current Cave Bastard tour was Blk Ops, an Austin band that just released a split 12-inch 45 RPM record with Cave Bastard on Accident Prone Records. Each band got four songs per side.
“I knew Accident Prone because it released some Cattle albums,” says Oftedal. Accident Prone was launched in Escondido 20 years ago. Owner Gary Bahen and his label moved to Portland in 2004.
Bahen explains that Cattle Decapitation is signed to the huge Metal Blade label, but, “I got to release some of Cattle’s stuff on vinyl before everyone was on the vinyl train…. I got to release ¡Decapitacion! which was three songs from [album] Homovore re-recorded in Spanish. It was pressed as a seven-inch with the three colors of the Mexican flag. It sold out immediately.”