RIYL: Yaphet Kotto, Saetia, pg.99, Majority Rule
Label: Repeater Records
It’s pretty rare that bands which have been broken up for almost a decade and a half come back to release new music to their almost cultish fan base. For a band that only existed between 2000 and 2003 and only released one full length record along with a small handful of singles and EPs, City of Caterpillar’s influence has been greater than most. Every once in a while a band helps define a genre and City of Caterpillar is one that did exactly that for the “screamo” genre despite guitarist Jeff Kane’s assertion that, “I’ve always thought of us as a punk band.”
City of Caterpillar was different. They explored a sound with the urgency of their sister-band pageninetynine (pg.99) yet also showcasedÂ their post-rock influences fromÂ emerging artists at the time like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, and even Sigur RĂłs. This past year they played their first run of reunion shows that sold out fast and featured crowds of 30-something year old fans like myself and also a fresh batch of younger fans that only discovered City of Caterpillar long after their unfortunate break up. It’s kind of amusing when you think about it especially when they were used to originally playing shows for “probably a room of 50 people; half in a living room, too” back when they were still an active band. “We never expected that level of interest in the slightest. We truly had no idea this interest was so strong and spanning,” says vocalist Brandon Evans. “The internet was just coming about into the common life as we disbanded. We still had this mystery that carried charm from the world just prior; I feel maybe that was a factor attributing to the cult energy that built around us, perhaps.”
Returning with “Driving Spain Up A Wall,” a track that was only recorded in February but has made it’s way around the internet over the years in grainy YouTube videos and spoken about by fans for at least a decade or more now. The song was one of a handful that was written for an album that was never fully completed. The track itself, which is over ten minutes long, was rarely even played live before they disbanded. Apparently these few appearances were more than enough and fans absolutely took notice. Then again, for a song that would basically take up half of their typical 30 minute sets, I guess this lasting impression shouldn’t come as much of a shocker.
Now nearly 15 years later, the ten minutes and 35 seconds of screamo history has received the studio treatment it deserves along with a much anticipated physical and digital release. The song is accompanied by “As The Curtains Dim; (Little White Lie),” which is a song recorded in the same session as their ground breaking self-titled LP back in 2001 which would’ve been destined for a split ten-inch record with Yaphet Kotto which also never came to be. Both songs perfectly illustrate the tone and quality that City of Caterpillar possessed and still possess.
You can listen to the track here, pick up a physical copy of the EP for yourself via Repeater Records (USA) and Adagio830 Records (EU) or a digital one from The Archivist. The band is currently touring Europe for the first time and more US dates will occur in the fall including a series of west coast shows and a few stops along the east coast as well. They’ll even be making an appearance at The Fest in Gainesville with longtime friends and tour-mates Majority Rule who will be performing for the first time in over a decade as well. Don’t miss out!
A1. Driving Spain Up A Wall
B1. As The Curtains Dim; (Little White Lie)
07/14: Kopenhagen @ kraftvĂ¦rket (with Harasser) – Event – Tickets
07/15: Hamburg @ Goldener Salon (with Cetacea) – Event
10/16: Antwerp @ Kavka – Event – Tickets
07/17: Amsterdam @ Occii (with Skylark, Lawine, Zahrada) – Event – Tickets
07/18: Paris @ Point Ă‰phĂ©mĂ¨re – Event
07/19: Darmstadt @ Oettinger Villa (with Birds in Row, Mercy Ties) – Event
07/20: Vienna @ Bach (with Hauna) – Event – Tickets
21.07: Rokycany @ Fluff Fest – Event
10/19: San Diego, CA @ The Soda Bar w/ Thou $15 – Tickets
10/20: Santa Barbara, CA @ The Hard To Find w/ Dangers $10. Tickets
10/21: Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center w/ Litany for the Whale, Sabertooth Zombie, Holy Wood $15
10/28: Gainesville, FL @ The Fest w/ Hum, Majority Rule, Iron Reagan, etc – Tickets & Info
10/29: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Majority Rule, Deep State $15 – Tickets
10/30: New Orleans, LA @ Zeitgeist w/ Majority Rule, Thou – Info
Note from Repeater Records: This is a pre-order. Records are estimated to be ready by late July/early August.
Repeater Records (USA) pressing:
300 Blue vinyl
700 Black vinyl
Note from Adagio830 Records: This is a pre-order. All pre orders will ship July 10th.
Adagio830 Records (EU) pressing:
150 Swamp Green vinyl
850 Black vinyl
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive