Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Don Caballero - Our Caballero EP

Don Caballero's original lineup (now very much deceased) gave us a member of one of today's finest bands; Ian Williams of course going on to form the uber-great Battles. There are however many people who would say that Battles, claimed by so many to be the kings of the current *spit* math rock scene, can never live up to the legacy of Don Cab. I'm not one of them, but i'm still a big fan of the previous bands work. They release five records on Touch And Go from 1993 to 2000 (they'd formed in Pittsburgh in 2000), each one utterly spastic in their flailing combinations of jazz, rock and hardcore. My personal favourite is probably 2000's Albini-produced American Don, but lots of others would rate 1995's Don Cab 2 or even 1998's What Burns Never Returns as their peak. That original lineup split in 2000 due to conflicts between Williams and drummer Damon Che (rumour has it this is down to the utter insanity of Che), and Williams has apparently vower never to work with him again. This was very apparent when Che 'reformed' Don Cab around himself and a bunch of newcomers in 2003, and signed up to Relapse to release a new record.

Our Caballero was an EP made up of the title track taken from their 1993 debut album (For Respect) and three exclusive bsides. Enjoy.

Don Caballero - 01 Our Caballero
Don Caballero - 02 My Ten Year Old Lady Is Giving It Away
Don Caballero - 03 Unresolved Karma
Don Caballero - 04 First Hits


Blogger David said...

ian williams wasn't in the original line up of don cab. they did a single or two before he joined.

the tour diary of their last tour makes for interesting reading. worth searching for online.

10:05 pm, November 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, and sorry to be an arse, but by American Don and the time they split, Che was the only original member in the band.

2:19 pm, November 23, 2007  

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