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Don Caballero 2

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Stupid Puma
  2. Please Tokio, Please THIS IS TOKIO
  3. P, P, P, Antless
  4. Repeat Defender
  5. Dick Suffers Is Furious With You
  6. Cold Knees (In April)
  7. Rollerblade Success Story
  8. No One Gives A Hoot About FAUX-ASS Nonsense


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  • Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019KZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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How to describe Don Caballero's sound? There isn't much like it to provide a frame of reference, so it's not easy. Well, here goes: throw the sounds of Helmet, Mogwai, Slint, Drive Like Jehu, Sonic Youth, The Mars Volta, and Shellac into a blender, remove all vocals, add a mad genius of a drummer who sounds sort of like Elvin Jones (of John Coltrane fame) on methamphetamines, and you'll get a fair idea. With 2, the virtuosos of Don Cab created a monster of an album, one that bends minds as easily as it bends genres with its highly distinctive blend of fusion, metal, and prog. The compositions ("songs" doesn't quite feel like the right word, thanks) here veer between extended, multi-faceted epics that straddle the ten-minute mark and shorter, sharper pieces, but no matter the track length 2 showcases some dazzlingly complex structures that never fail to make heads spin with their consistent unpredictability.

Now, before I go any further, I should stress that whatever else it may be, 2 is not an exercise in gratuitious technical wankery a la the more grandiose moments in Dream Theather's catalogue. And despite the band's all-instrumental approach, this in no way falls into the post-rock category that's become so fashionable of late; the sheer intensity of this recording would be more than sufficient to blast the likes of Explosions in the Sky into submission (not to say EITS aren't a good band; they very much are). At all points, 2 is a focused, aggressive, and measured display of technical wizardry that's at least as much about creativity as virtuosity. If your brain isn't engaged while listening to this stuff, you might've hit the "off" button on it by mistake.
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I am a huge fan of unorthodox music, expecially the music that is so tight and precise that it blows your mind. All I have to say about this album (and really this band in general) is JESUS CHRIST!!! Never have I heard such precision, even though and first listen it is total noise. Listen more, you will unlock so much s*** it is ridiculous. AMAZING ALBUM, easily in my top 5 all time.
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I confesss, I didn't know how to take the song structures at first. The guitars meander and stray sometimes from what most would consider melodious. Things get confused, tempetuous, but then drummer Damien Che manages to solve the equation. At this point the head nodding (or scratching) begins. Some songs are just plain heavy "instrumetal" and you may just feel like banging your head instead. I recommend this for anyone that's into "math rock", indie, or metal.
When comfortable with "II", move on to my favorite, "What Burns Never Returns". The first track on "WBNR" begins with the exact same drum beat that Don Caballero II closes with. It would have been like an epiphany to you when you first discovered this, but I couldn't resist spoiling it for you...
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3 1/2

The fearless instrumental group of experimental math-rockers blazed a small but distinct trail across this subgenre, layering drumkit assaults after angular riffs in a more intimidating way then most of their peers could ever imagine. Even early on, when the group often felt more controlled experiment then experimental control, a rhythmic complexity, anchored by an amazing, ever-questing drummer, never eludes the at-times fascinating interplay. The last few tracks helped rein in these overwhelmingly spastic hardcore jam sessions with a little more melodic development, hinting at further greatness to come.
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I love this album. As the person from Seattle said, it is technically amazing. They pretty much blow everyone else out of the water when it comes to playing in odd time signatures. If I surmise correctly, they tune down to A on some #'s(that's pretty deep). That in itself gives the album another interesting texture also. If your looking to hear something different for a change, this album is it. The songs on this album are like classical fugues on amphetamines. It's all over the place, but done with intelligence and precision.
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Simply put, there is not, nor will there ever be, anything quite like this band.

What amazes me most is, at the level these musicians seem to be, both individually and collectively, how they don't waste a note wanking their egos on this entire album.

For this type of music (which is pretty scant), I'm torn between this one, Don Cab's What Burns Never Returns, and Battles' B EP. This one is the most raw and primal of the three, which gives it a little edge.

Watch for Don Caballero's (reunion) album, World Class Listening Problem, on May 16.
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Nothing quite prepared for me the brutal assault of this post-progressive music. I thought I was prepared though - I still listen to Egg and Henry Cow for crying out loud. At any rate, although brutal, this was also an exhilarating and rewarding listening experience. Indeed, Don Caballero 2 (1995) is certainly one of the most creative rock albums I have heard in over 25 years and acknowledges the heaviest 1970s progressive rock while remaining firmly planted in modern times. This stuff is, well, mind blowing.

The lineup of this Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based outfit is centered on bandleader and drummer Damon Che Fitzgerald, along with Ian Williams (electric guitar), Matt Jencik (electric bass guitar), and Mike Banfield (electric guitars). The ensemble playing is superb and revolves around Damon's explosive and virtuosic drumming, which deftly weaves in and out of time signatures seemingly at random. The guitarists emphasize the use of a heavily distorted tone played at a crushing volume throughout, yet back off a tiny bit here and there - for this "old" guy, my ears appreciated the brief rest. In addition to the core of bass/drums/guitar, ear-splitting feedback sustained for several minutes and found sounds are employed, including a recording of a circular saw blade getting pinched as it cuts through a piece of wood.

The nine instrumental tracks range in length from 3:43 to 11:18 and are arranged into four suites ("I" - "IIII"). Total running time equals 59:01. Overall, this music blends aspects of American avant-garde, industrial, King Crimson (1974 and 1981), minimalism, and hardcore heavy metal (or whatever it is called nowadays - metalcore?). Meter shifts occur at the tip of a hat and are frequent - just about every odd time signature under the sun is used.
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