Description: What if you were stuck in a freight train travelling slowly across Missouri at dusk? You might start humming songs like you were in a band called Cantalouper.
Bio: It started as some drawings by a five year old boy but was later put away and that was that. Some years later it became a story that inspired an idea for a song. The song was not good but eventually it was worked out to more songs recorded on a four track player. Those were reworked and then put with some new songs. These songs were much better but not ready to be anymore than demos. The next bunch of songs became an EP and a full length. These are the keepers. Cantalouper is a band from the midwest and as such their sound reflects that point of view. But there is more to it than that. They seem to care a lot for Flannery O'Connor, the only way a name like Cantalouper could exist. Their love for reverb and big sounds with both acoustic and electric guitars is very apparent. The band states they believe in the "DIY" way of making music, still recording on four track from time to time. They have been booking shows consistently and appear anxious to tour. They had the honor of having David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) and T.W. Walsh (Pedro the Lion, Soft Drugs) work on their first EP and Kramer (Butthole Surfers, Ween, Galaxie 500) work on their first LP. --Seth Davison
Press Release: With the release of their debut full-length recording, Columbia's own Cantalouper (named for a short story written by front man Levi Dolan) reveal themselves to be an intensely moody, melodic group of real substance. Eschewing such common tactics as comically aggressive performance and novelty-filled presentation typical of many of today's musicians, Cantalouper is instead confident enough to depend on honest, dense songwriting and layered instrumentation to gradually bring you to a devastating climax that lingers in your thoughts days after the last note has faded into silence. It's the difference between a sports car flashing past and a freight train gathering momentum: one turns the head for a moment, but when they meet at the railroad crossing, which do you think will remain intact?