The People in Your Neighborhood: Matt Iwanusa of Caveman

11/02/2011 12:10 PM |

Thats Matt in the middle.
  • That’s Matt in the middle.

Here we have another installment of The People in Your Neighborhood, our series of guided neighborhood tours from notable Brooklynites with the goal of you realizing you frequent the same grocery stores as they do. Fingers crossed!

Today we hear from Matt Iwanusa, frontman for Caveman (formerly of The Subjects, if you’re keeping track), whose status as a “band to watch” has been promptly certified after a stream of raving CMJ reviews and buzz for their debut album, CoCo Beware, out November 15. In a live setting, Caveman’s hard-hitting, multi-person drumming tends to be the go-to talking point, but the best part might actually be how they refuse to let the wild thumping compromise their spot-on harmonies. Sounding like a more committed version of The Shins, they strike a careful balance between layers of vocals and heart-on-sleeve rhythms. See for yourself tonight at Brooklyn Bowl, where you can catch them play a free show with recent Merge signees Hospitality. But first, first let’s find out where Matt hangs out in Park Slope when he’s bored.

Neighborhood:
Park Slope!

Best place to people watch?
Prospect Park

Best place to drink?
The Bell House

Best restaurant?
Blue Ribbon Sushi

Best bookstore or record store?
Soundtrack (RIP! I worked there when I was 13.)

Best grocery store/farmers’ market?
Ace Supermarket

Best laundromat?
I got a place.

Best outdoor spot?
Gowanus Yacht Club

Best place to attend a show/view a piece of art/see a movie?
BAM

Best coffee shop?
The bodega dude down my block makes great coffee.

Best subway line?
B train

Best date spot?
I’m lovin’ the Prospect Park vibe.

Best person whose name you don’t know?
There is an awesome subway lady on the 7th Ave stop. Always nice! I make an effort to say “hi” every time. Lovely lady!

According to neighborhood folklore, are there any celebrities living in the area?
I dated a girl who lived in the same building as Chuck Schumer.

Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads or old men on stoops?
Strollers! I’m from Park Slope, my friend.

What’s missing from your neighborhood?
Not much.

What has been the biggest change since you’ve moved in?
Well, I’ve been here my whole life, so lots. Fifth Avenue is now a popular place. But Park Slope is my jam, it will always be the same.

It’s a Saturday night in November. You don’t feel like traveling very far but are antsy for a night out. Where do you go?
My dude Nick Stumpf [ed. note: he produced CoCo Beware] lives close, so if it’s a “not travel far night,” we usually go to this small bar on Flatbush. We talk about going to Brownstone Billiards but never end up doing it.