Origin: Clairton, Pennsylvania, USA  
Genres: Instrumental
Last update/review: February 22, 2015

Don Caballero

Excepting the guitar-hero bands, all-instrumental groups are a rarity in the rock/metal world, and those that do exist are often quirky groups off in their own world. Don Caballero is precisely such a band. Throughout their career they have experimented with various styles (metal only being one of many), with the result being a complex, often dissonant sound, sometimes likened to the term "math rock". Hard to pinpoint, not an immediate listen, but pretty interesting -- there really isn't any other band that sounds much like this. The band broke up in 2001, but two years later drummer Damon Che resurrected the name, recruiting members from a Pittsburgh group called Creta Bourzia to form a new version of Don Caballero. Though the band hasn't recorded or toured since 2009, the band is still technically active, at least according to a 2014 interview.

Current Members

Gene Doyle


Jason Jouver


Damon Che


Former Members/Guests

Ian Williams


Mike Banfield


Jeff Ellsworth


Pat Morris


Matt Jencik


Eric Emm



For Respect  
1993 Touch & Go
  1. For Respect
  2. Chief Sitting Duck
  3. New Laws
  4. Nicked and Liqued
  5. Rocco
  6. Subdued Confections
  7. Got a Mile, Got a Mile, Got an Inch
  8. Our Caballero
  9. Bears See Things Pretty Much the Way They...
  10. Well Built Road
  11. Belted Sweater
  • Ian Williams
  • Mike Banfield
  • Pat Morris
  • Damon Che

Don Caballero 2  
1995 Touch & Go
  1. Stupid Puma
  2. Please Tokio, Please This Is Tokio
  3. Dick Suffers Is Furious With You
  4. Cold Knees (In April)
  5. P, P, P, Antless
  6. Repeat Defender
  7. Rollerblade Success Story
  8. No One Gives a Hoot About Faux-Ass...
  • Ian Williams
  • Mike Banfield
  • Matt Jencik
  • Damon Che

What Burns Never Returns  
1998 Touch & Go
  1. Don Caballero 3
  2. In the Abscence of Strong Evidence to the...
  3. Delivering the Groceries at 138 Beats Per...
  4. Slice Where You Live Like Pie
  5. Room Temperature Suite
  6. The World in Perforated Lines
  7. From the Desk of Elsewhere Go
  8. June Is Finally Here
  • Ian Williams
  • Mike Banfield
  • Pat Morris
  • Damon Che

Singles Breaking Up  
1999 Touch & Go
  1. Lucky Father Brown
  2. Belted Sweater
  3. Shoe Shine
  4. Unresolved Kharma
  5. Puddin' in My Eye
  6. My Ten Year Old Lady Is Giving It Away
  7. Our Caballero
  8. Andandandandandandandandandand
  9. First Hits
  10. No More Peace and Quiet for the Warlike
  11. If You've Read Dr. Adder Then You Know...
  12. Trey Dog's Acid
  13. Room Temperature Lounge
  • Ian Williams
  • Mike Banfield
  • Pat Morris
  • Damon Che

American Don  
2000 Touch & Go
  1. Fire Back About Your New Baby's Sex
  2. The Peter Criss Jazz
  3. Haven't Lived Afro Pop
  4. You Drink a Lot of Coffee for a Teenager
  5. Ones All over the Place
  6. I Never Liked You
  7. Details on How to Get Iceman on Your...
  8. A Lot of People Tell Me I Have a Fake...
  9. Let's Face It Pal, You Didn't Need That...
  • Ian Williams
  • Eric Emm
  • Damon Che

World Class Listening Problem  
2006 Relapse
  1. Mmmmm Acting, I Love Me Some Good Acting
  2. Sure We Had Knives Around
  3. And And And, He Lowered The Twin Down
  4. I Agree..... No!..... I Disagree
  5. Palm Trees In the Fecking Bahamas
  6. World Class Listening Problem
  7. Railroad Cancellation
  8. Theme From Bricktop Clowns
  9. Savage Composition
  10. I'm Goofballs For Bozo Jazz
  • Jeff Ellsworth
  • Gene Doyle
  • Jason Jouver
  • Damon Che

2008 Relapse
  1. Loudest Shop Vac in the World
  2. The Irrespective Dick Area
  3. Bulk Eye
  4. Shit Kids Galore
  5. Celestial Dusty Groove
  6. Pour You into the Rug
  7. Challenge Jets
  8. Lord Krepelka
  9. Why Is the Couch Always Wet?
  10. Slaughbaugh's Ought Not Own Dog Data
  11. Dirty Looks
  12. Who's a Puppy Cat
  13. Awe Man That's Jive Skip
  14. Punkgasm
  • Gene Doyle
  • Jason Jouver
  • Damon Che

Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live  LIVE
2008 Relapse
  1. Fire Back About Your New Baby's Sex
  2. And And And, He Lowered The Twin Down
  3. In the Absence of Strong Evidence to the Contrary, One May Step Out of the Way of the Charging Bull
  4. Delivering The Groceries at 138 Beats Per Minute
  5. Don Caballero 3
  6. Let's Face It Pal, You Haven't Lived Afro Pop
  7. Belted Sweater
  8. Palm Trees In The Fecking Bahamas
  9. I Never Liked You
  10. From the Desk of Elsewhere Go
  • Jeff Ellsworth
  • Gene Doyle
  • Jason Jouver
  • Damon Che

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