Review: Don Caballero – World Class Listening Problem (III)


Pittsburgh’s finest return from the ashes of American Don and six years of near-silence with an almost entirely new lineup and 10 songs whose pounding post-rock refrains and bone-buckling rhythms may owe as much to the stomping grounds of Chicago’s underground scene as they do the complicated experiments of the infamous Don Cab side project Storm and Stress.

Drummer Damon Che — the group’s only original member — continues to lead the assault with figures and fills whose force can border on the arrhythmic but the interplay of guitarists Gene Doyle and Jeff Ellsworth with bassist Jason Jouver helps propel tracks like “And And And, He Lowered The Twin Down” and the dissonant punch of “Mmmmm Acting, I Love Me Some Good Acting.” – Linoleum, June 2006

About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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