Don Caballero

Members of Don Caballero: Damon Che, Eugene Doyle, Ian Williams, Jason Jouver, Jeffery Ellsworth, Jon Fine, M. Eric Topolsky, Matt Jencik, Matthew Taylor (2), Mike Banfield, Pat Morris
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Discography of Don Caballero:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Don Caballero 2 8 Audio 1995-09-19 Touch And Go
2 Trey Dog's Acid 2 Audio 1997 Touch And Go
3 American Don 9 Audio 2000 Touch And Go
4 What Burns Never Returns 8 Audio 1998-06-09 Touch And Go
5 Singles Breaking Up (Vol. 1) 13 Audio 1999-01-12 Touch And Go
6 American Don 9 Audio 2000-11-22 Touch And Go
7 Don Caballero 2 8 Audio 1995-09-19 Touch And Go
8 What Burns Never Returns 8 Audio 1998-06-09 Touch And Go
9 World Class Listening Problem 10 Audio 2006-05-16 Relapse Records
10 Our Caballero / My Ten Year Old Lady Is Giving It Away 2 Audio 1993-06-10 Touch And Go
11 Punkgasm 14 Audio 2008-08-19 Relapse Records
12 Punkgasm 14 Audio 2008-08-19 Relapse Records
13 Punkgasm 14 Audio 2008-08-19 Relapse Records
14 Punkgasm 14 Audio 2008-08-19 Relapse Records
15 World Class Listening Problem 10 Audio 2006 Relapse Records
16 World Class Listening Problem 10 Audio 2006 Relapse Records
17 Waltor / Shuman Center 91 4 Audio 1996 Chunklet Magazine
18 World Class Listening Problem 10 Audio 2006 Relapse Records
19 World Class Listening Problem 10 Audio 2006 Relapse Records
20 And And And And And And And And And And 2 Audio 1993 Third Gear Records
21 For Respect 11 Audio 1993 City Slang
22 Don Caballero 2 8 Audio 1995-09-19 Touch And Go
23 The Lucky Father Brown EP 3 Audio 1992 Pop Bus Records
24 Our Caballero 4 Audio 1993 City Slang
25 Unresolved Karma / Puddin' In My Eye 2 Audio 1992 Broken Giraffe
26 Our Caballero 2 Audio 1993 City Slang
27 Waltor 4 Audio 1996 Chunklet Magazine
28 What Burns Never Returns 8 Audio 1998 Touch And Go
29 Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live 10 Audio 2012-11-27 Joyful Noise Recordings
30 Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live 10 Audio 2012-11-27 Joyful Noise Recordings
31 And And And... / First Hits 2 Audio 1993 Third Gear Records
32 Punkgasm 14 Audio 2008-08-19 Relapse Records
33 For Respect 11 Audio 1993-10-10 Touch And Go
34 Don Caballero 2 8 Audio 1995-09-19 Touch And Go
35 Five Pairs Of Crazy Pants. Wear 'Em: Early Caballero 11 Audio 2014 Chunklet Magazine
36 Look At Those Ellie May Hands Go 11 Audio 2014 Chunklet Magazine


Don Caballero is an instrumental rock band formed in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1991. They are considered one of the pioneering forces in "math-rock", although the members are said to despise that particular term. The band's sound was dominated by the "lead drumming" of [a=Damon Che] and was noted for it's odd-timed rhythms and intricate and complex guitar interplay. Also of note was guitarist [a=Ian Williams] guitar-playing, which relied heavily on a finger-tapping approach used for the rhythm playing (there are no solos in Don Caballero's music) and heavy use of a delay pedal. Despite an appearance to the contrary, the group's songs are not improvised jams but are structured works.

The founding members of the group were Damon Che, bassist [a=Pat Morris], and guitarist [a=Mike Banfield], with Ian Williams joining as second guitarist a year later. The group signed to [l=Touch And Go] in 1993 for their first LP, "For Respect" and remained with the label for 3 more full-length albums, a couple of singles, and one compilation. Morris left the band after the release of "For Respect". Several bassists rotated in and out of the group, with [a=Matt Jencik] appearing on the group's 2nd LP, "Don Caballero 2". Morris returned for 1998's "What Burns Never Returns" but left the group for good after it's release. He was replaced by [a=Eric Emm], who was a member of Williams' side-project, [a=Storm And Stress]. Mike Banfield left, too, after some touring for the record and was replaced by [a=Jon Fine]. By 2000's "American Don", the band was down to a trio. The album was their last for Touch And Go. The group split in 2001 following van accident while on tour, although increasing tension within the band, particularly between Che and Williams, contributed heavily to the break-up.

After the split, members wandered off into different groups. In 2003, Che decided to revive the Don Caballero name. Although he invited both Mike Banfield and Pat Morris back into the group, he vowed never to work with Ian Williams again. Banfield and Morris both declined, and Che instead regrouped with members of Creta Bourzia, also from Pittsburgh. The band signed to [l=Relapse Records] and issued "World Class Listening Problem" 2006. "Punkgasm" followed in 2008.


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