Don Caballero Punkgasm
- Released: August 25, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Relapse
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.49"The guitar sounds like it's being played inside out over some seriously dexterous drumming, which is never a bad thing."
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Don Caballero: Damon Che.
Personnel: Don Caballero; Damon Che (drums); Eugene Doyle, Jason Jouver.
Audio Mixer: Al Sutton.
Recording information: +- Studios; Rustbelt.
Photographer: Matt Dayak.
As the second album by the new incarnation of Don Caballero, led by the last remaining original member, drum virtuoso Damon Che, Punkgasm finds the band searching for a new direction. Some of the old sensibilities remain, but here they rifle through various styles outside the realm of syncopated interplay, even (gasp!) incorporating songs with vocals, and it's interesting to see them try to break the holding pattern of intricately carved polyrhythms. "Why Is the Couch Always Wet" swims in My Morning Jacket reverb and harmonies, "Celestial Dusty Groove" mimics the choppy indie rock of Jawbox and Shiner, and the titular song that ends the album is a '70s punk throwback to the Fall and P.I.L., complete with snidely squeaked vocals. These songs are actually executed quite well, and the group seems to have a chameleon-like ability to impersonate. Otherwise, the instrumentals that highlight pinprick guitar picking and syncopated beats have moments of technical brilliance, and they still comprise almost half of the album. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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