Don Caballero, What Burns Never Returns (1998)
I was playing a gig once, a few years ago and after we played this amazing music filled the room (note: after we played, not during). I had to know what it was. Turns out it was Don Caballero – it was the first time I heard the name. I worked in a music store at the time, so the next day it was off to work and straight to the import-service to order a couple of Don Caballero albums, including this one. A great album. I turned a lot of people on to the band, as is only right when you’ve been turned on to great new music yourself (the sound-guy at the gig had been playing the album; I remember asking him what the name was – he did me a favour, I passed that on to others). A few years on I saw this on vinyl – double LP: $10. I’ve been playing it a bit (again) just recently. This band would, in a sense, go on to become Battles. Or components of Battles. John Stanier is great, of course. And to me he is a big part of what makes Battles. But Damon Che is what makes Don Caballero. Those other guys got lucky twice then eh; playing with two great drummers.
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