All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington, which features 100 DIY and indie artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond (put together by our friends at the Inlander). Our Spokane team will be on the ground during Volume on June 2 and June 3, but we wanted to dive into these artists ahead of time.

Who are they, where do they come from, and what can we expect? We turned up the Volume on each artist for a little preview palaver.

Cathedral Pearls @ Terrain, 6/3, 11pm

Where are you from and how did the group come together?

We are from Spokane and have played together for about seven years. Caleb and Karli were starting a new band and were looking for a bass player. Max’s wife, Carrie worked with Caleb and mentioned that I played bass. The rest, as they say, is history.

What’s your favorite song to play live and why?

We have some new songs that we haven’t played for an audience yet, but feel like they have really great energy and are excited to debut them at Volume this year.

What goes into the making of a great setlist?

How we start and end the set feels like the first thing we try to figure out—how are we going to catch people’s attention and what will we leave them with? After the beginning and end have been established, we kind of try to work towards the middle to keep a momentum going and hold people’s attention through the set.

While at Volume, who are you most excited to see perform?

It’s always great to see our buddies, the Echolarks.

What are your plans for the rest of the year? Writing, recording, touring?

We’re sitting on about 14 new songs, so we really want to get going on recording and releasing new music this year. We just finished and released a single called “America’s Child” and the whole process of recording it felt very exciting and natural so we’re looking forward to continuing to put these new songs to tape.

Answers by Max Harnishfeger. Follow Cathedral Pearls on Facebook. Get Volume tickets here


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