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10/10 Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College
10/11 Madison, WI @ The Sitting Dutchman
10/16 East Moline, IL @ Mixtape Records
10/18 Macomb, IL @ The Loft
10/21 New York, NY @ Original Sessions Art House La Di Da Di Rock Da Party
10/22 Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan University
10/23 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
10/24 Morgantown, WV @ 424 Clark St. w/ Mose Giganticus
11/15 St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
11/19 Austin, TX @ Beauty Bar
12/12 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
12/13 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Fugue
CAW! CAW! is what you get when you raise three boys in an ice cavern on a diet of hot chocolate, fried chicken and ambrosia. And then give them guitars. Originally formed in 2001 as a punk rock quartet, half a decade of playing, recording and evolving together in an attic on the north side of Chicago has honed these young men into something made from many different things-a bit of desperate naïvete (plastered with impudent guitar textures) and a healthy dose of earnest rock and roll (propelled by a smart, booming rhythm section). They play dreamily, hugely, furiously and meekly.
Over time, their original punk outfit grew into a woodsy cosmic pop band, then into an ambient experimental trio, and has presently settled on a sonic palette which maps the common ground between all these sounds and more. CAW! CAW! makes music that shakes, wails, explodes and then crawls groggily into bed, only to emerge now and then for a few quick, wistful breaths conjuring fuzzy and mysterious images of old men and children floating in space. Some of CAW! CAW!'s songs are about departure and boyish fantasies. Others are about friends and seafarers.
In the six years they've been around, CAW! CAW! has played all over their native city. of Chicago. In high school, the boys decided to hold a concert in the art department's Men's Bathroom. It went over pretty well. Both the Principal and Vice Principal came! They have also played in more conventional local spaces like Subterranean, The Note, Martyrs', The Bottom Lounge and South Union Arts. They are preparing for their first national tour.
CAW! CAW! is the stargazer, the crude cowboy, the truth teller, the hypocrite and the wild sexless child you want to be again. They play for everyone, but specialize in earth songs for space explorers, time travelers, pill-popping lovers, miniature golfers and teenagers making out. If you are any one of these, or just some kid somewhere, this may be the band for you.
IN THE PRESS
“... a band of surpassing intensity.” – Andy Downing, Chicago Tribune
“… after years of relentless practicing and gigging in and around Chicago, they have morphed into a grand pop-rock outfit with deft textures and sound execution.” – Fig and Mint Magazine
“The local trio doesn't appear to be influenced by birds at all, though its pensive, twitchy rock - especially on tracks like ‘Organisms,’ off the Wait Outside EP - inspires a nervous, avian-like wobbling of the listener's head from side to side.” – The Onion A/V Club
“Excellent drumming and unconventionally rich singing carry the mix of rock and some more experimental noise with an energy that is high and human.” – Claire Rabkin, Chicago Maroon (University of Chicago)
“These fellows performed original music in the style of U2 and David Byrne with gentle humor and irony.” – Dale Suderman, Hillsboro Free Press