Don Caballero

Don Caballero

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 Damon Che and was noted for it's odd-timed rhythms and intricate and complex guitar interplay. Also of note was guitarist 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 Pat Morris, and guitarist Mike Banfield, with Ian Williams joining as second guitarist a year later. The group signed to 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 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 Eric Emm, who was a member of Williams' side-project, Storm And Stress. Mike Banfield left, too, after some touring for the record and was replaced by 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 Relapse Records and issued "World Class Listening Problem" 2006. "Punkgasm" followed in 2008.

Don Caballero Discography


Don Caballero For Respect (Album) Touch And Go US 1993 Sell This Version
Don Caballero Don Caballero 2 (Album) Touch And Go UK & US 1995 Sell This Version
Don Caballero What Burns Never Returns (Album) Touch And Go US 1998 Sell This Version
Don Caballero American Don (Album) Touch And Go US 2000 Sell This Version
Don Caballero World Class Listening Problem (Album) Relapse Records US 2006 Sell This Version
Don Caballero Punkgasm (Album) Relapse Records US 2008 Sell This Version
Don Caballero Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live (Album) Joyful Noise Recordings US 2012 Sell This Version
Don Caballero Five Pairs Of Crazy Pants. Wear 'Em: Early Caballero (Album) Chunklet Magazine US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Don Caballero Unresolved Karma / Puddin' In My Eye (Single) Broken Giraffe US 1992 Sell This Version
Pop Bus 005 Don Caballero The Lucky Father Brown EP(7", EP) Pop Bus Records Pop Bus 005 US 1992 Sell This Version
Don Caballero And And And And And And And And And And (Single) Third Gear Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Don Caballero Our Caballero / My Ten Year Old Lady Is Giving It Away (Single, Maxi) Touch And Go US 1993 Sell This Version
Don Caballero Waltor (Single) Chunklet Magazine US 1996 Sell This Version
TG181 Don Caballero Trey Dog's Acid(7") Touch And Go TG181 US 1997 Sell This Version
Don Caballero Got A Mile, Got A Mile, Got An Inch (Live) (Single) Joyful Noise Recordings US 2016 Sell This Version


TG184CD Don Caballero Singles Breaking Up (Vol. 1)(CD, Comp) Touch And Go TG184CD US 1999 Sell This Version