Callado | Firefly EP

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Firefly EP

by Callado

Low Punk
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Herman
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2. Eradication Erection
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3. All the Other Bugs
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4. The Pedophile
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5. Firefly
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6. Ways to Burn a Bridge
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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If you want to know about Callado, listen to the music. You don't need to know anything personal about the band: where they come from, who they are, what they do.... Just listen. The band's name implies it: Callado (pronounced kay-ado like kay-ak) means 'silent' in Spanish. If you want to know about Callado, listen to the music.

"Can you hand me that lighter?"

The band's eponymous Firefly EP is a dark, brooding, uncomfortable, raw, six-track ride that leaves you feeling left of center. Maybe further. Evocative, minimal, disturbing (and on occasion down right awful) the EP perfectly captures brief moments of the dirty undersides of an increasingly fractured post-modern society. The band prefers the term 'low punk'.

Independently produced and recorded in Nashville, TN by the band, the Firefly EP brings together elements of jazz, noise, ambient and punk together in a way that circles fit into squares. Keith states the impetus for the EP: "The whole mood of the EP was based on this rape and murder of a TSU (Tennessee State University) student in 2009. It happened in my bedroom and that's why I rented the place. I researched what I could about the murder and felt like I should create that soundtrack. It started there in my house on Herman street. The rest just came from a little dirty place inside Andrew and I." And with that he smiles.

The Firefly EP has the lingering theme of death.... Death of people, relationships and any adherence to musical structure, principal or tuning... of something not right. The songs are loose, jagged, abrasive, spatial and methodic. "We definitely wanted it to sound raw," Andrew describes recording the EP, "We used only a couple of mics, one or two takes, no EQ. We did most of it at my house and Keith did a few things at his like demos and stuff. You know we really like punk and cassette tapes and stuff that doesn't work, so we really liked it that way."

The opener "Herman" is like like listening to a mantra on mushrooms. The harmonium balances somewhere between harmony and dissonance while the vocals are a dirge; "Eradication Erection" is as outlandish as the title. Heavily distorted guitars and synthesizers drive the screaming of a victim; the band briefly touches a psychedelic moment with "All the Other Bugs" while bleeding into "The Pedophile", which uses music more than lyrics to describe such a person by a cat-chasing-a-mouse stereo assault; the political "Firefly/Arab Spring" creates a reserved space with sparse organ and piano and a meditative vocal round to question why; the EP closer "Ways to Burn a Bridge" is a musical onomatopoeia: it sounds like someone burning a bridge... or some other large structure.

"It was a dark time when we did it. I live in a dark area of town, some people got killed at Andrew's house, too. There is definitely a certain atmosphere {on the EP}. We let life into the record. It's like a hang nail: if you feel bothered, then we did our job." The band appears to take what they do very seriously but they also seem to think the whole thing is a crapshoot.

Callado and the Firefly EP can't be played once. It demands to be listened and played over and over. That's how you love music like this: you have to listen to it.

If you want to know about Callado, listen to the music.


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