Don Caballero — World Class Listening Problem
(Relapse RR - 6693-2, 2006, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2007-03-01
Don Caballero is one of those bands that is probably better off not being categorized. They’re often thrown into the post-rock or math rock bins, though if you ask me, what they play is pretty much prog rock. My theory is that the indie press likes them, and they hate prog, so it can’t be prog no matter what it sounds like. Anyway, this is another winner from Don Cab, full of complex, hard-hitting instrumentals characterized by off-kilter rhythms, dissonant chords, and wandering arrangements. The drums sometimes give the impression more of jazz than rock, and the guitars sometimes indulge in the kind of repeating patterns King Crimson is known for, though in this case they’re played with messy distortion rather than pristine precision. One of the techniques they use in a number of compositions is to have parts seemingly out of sync with each other that eventually come to make sense. Time signatures change relatively often. This is mostly a two guitar, bass, and drums affair; keyboards appear sparingly, such as the random notes splashed about in “I Agree…No!...I Disagree” (gotta love those titles). The way the two guitar parts fit together is intriguing, with all sorts of different kinds of interaction. And it comes in at just under forty-five minutes, so you’re left wanting more. To borrow one of their phrases, it’s fecking brilliant, and I don’t see why fans of King Crimson, Djam Karet, or French TV wouldn’t love it.
Related artist(s): Don Caballero
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more