Pittsburgh math rockers Don Caballero were one of the first bands to expand on the work of genre innovators like Bastro, Bitch Magnet, and (especially) Slint. Their music was entirely instrumental, and while their guitar interplay was as complex and dissonant as any of their peers, the real driving force behind their precisely calibrated attack was virtuosic drummer Damon Che. In essence, it was Che's manic explosions and stop-on-a-dime shifts in time signature that mapped out the trail his bandmates followed. His whirlwind of percussion helped pace the crashing din of the rest of the quartet, yet they also had a firm grasp of dynamics and often slowed things down into a heavy dirge. And despite the influence of jazz, there was no improvisation -- all the group's compositions were carefully structured, no matter how chaotic they seemed. Don Caballero recorded several albums for Touch & Go over the '90s to generally positive critical response, before going their separate ways in 2001.
June 22nd, 2006 The Note Chicago, IL.
01. Mmmmm Acting, I Love Me Some Good Acting 02. Sure We Had Knives Around 03. I Agree..... No!.....I Disagree 04. World Class Listening Problem 05. In The Abscence Of Strong Evidence To The Contrary 06. Palm Trees In the Fecking Bahamas 07. Haven't Lived Afro Pop 08. And And And, He Lowered The Twin Down 09. I'm Goofballs For Bozzo Jazz 10. Railroad Cancellation 11. Encore Break (applause) 12. Fire Back About Your New Baby's Sex 13. Cold Knees [In April]
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