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Introducing Cadallaca

4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 29 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SCD / K Records
  • ASIN: B00000BIBL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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1. Your One Wish
2. June -N- July
3. You're My Only One
4. Pocket Games
5. Night Vandals
6. Two Beers Later
7. O Chenilla
8. Cadallaca Theme
9. Firetrap
10. Winter Storm '98

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Move over, Shangri-Las. There's a new girl gang in town. They call themselves Kissy, Dusty, and Junior, but everyone knows that the girls in Cadallaca are Corin Tucker from Sleater-Kinney and Sarah Dougher and sts from the Lookers. Taking on new identities is a thematic strain for Cadallaca. Not only have they rechristened themselves, they have also gone far afield of their other bands. Cadallaca is a girl group in the old-fashioned sense of the word: close harmonies, Farfisa-driven tunes, and attitude applied like fresh red lipstick. But don't expect the same old brokenhearted subjects. "June-n-July" is a word-crammed story of brave young warriors, but as opposed to the Shirelles song, these soldier boys are girls! The creaky, haunted-house organ of "Night Vandals" sets the tone for this bizarre stalker's lament. Lo-fi production can be a burden on some bands, but here it is perfect for the retro appeal. Cadallaca: the world's first grrrl group. --Lois Maffeo

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I have to disagree with the other reviewer who gave this CD only one star...the magic of Cadallaca is that the women who are in the band are major talents in the own right (Sarah Dougher, and excellent songwriter; sts, a drummer on a number of albums including Dougher's Day One; and Corin Tucker, frontwoman of Sleater-Kinney). It seems that the ¨lo-fi¨ approach to music making that Cadallaca adopts is purposeful-- this is music that flows naturally from both voices and instruments. Its that special kind of music that is appealing to listen to and that doesn't require virtuoso performers to make it happen.
About the songs themselves: by and large they are sipmle yet catchy. The lyrics are witty and evocative in a number of places (¨don't condescend to me in starched white cuffs,¨ in ¨Two Beers Later¨ is a great line), and some of the songs are charmingly sensitive, such as on the final track of the album. ¨Oh Chenilla¨ is truly a ¨queer¨ song (the gay themes in this album are unmistakable). Even the ¨Cadallaca Theme¨, and instrumental track, is a catchy tune. There are a few songs that don't quite work as well as the others (¨June and July¨ causes this reviewer to reach for the fast-forward button). But on the whole, this album is well worth a listen to fans with eclectic tastes and who aren't put off by the low-tech approach to music making.
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Okay, when I first purchased this CD, I thought it would sound like Sleater-Kinney or Heavens to Betsy. Needless to say, my initial impression of Introducing Cadallaca was a bit low and I'd nearly dismissed it as being a goofy yet failed experiment.
Nevertheless I forced myself to put the CD on while driving in my car and, well, it just sort of grew on me--quick! Maybe it had something to do with the fact that it was summertime and the songs really do have a quirky, off-kilter, roll-down-the-car-windows-and-bounce-along-with-the-tunes quality to them. Whatever the reason, I now love this disc. The songs are purposely spare and garage-y retro (just listen to the synthesizer riffs! ) and the ladies (and one guy) sound like they had fun with this project. My favorite, perhaps, is "Night Vandals", which sounds like a 90's version of the Velvet Underground's "Murder Mystery."
Put simply, if you're looking for a fun record that's a good deal lighter than the guitar crunch of Sleater-Kinney, I highly suggest Introducing Cadallaca.
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It's really not too often that a band like this comes along. Refreshing, nostalgic, harmonious, and oh so fine! is how you could describe Cadallaca. This trio is like the drunk date you want no committment from, but you know you want to take her home for the night, and who could resist. The tale of Cadallaca all started with the farfisa organ that Sarah Dougher aquired. This organ is what gives the band its raw and organic sound, along with the heart breaking voice of Corin and the drumming of STS. What makes the band more wonderous is that they have all given themselves alter egos. Kissy, Dusty, and Junior are the alter egos of Corin Tucker (Sleater Kinney+Heavens to Betsy), Sarah Dougher and STS (formerly of the Lookers). From Introducing Cadallaca you will get the feeling that the girls of Cadallaca like to have fun. You will feel irresponsilbe as you let yourself go wild. The melodies and harmonies will stick in your head, leaving you desperate for some more of what Cadallaca has to offer. This is true rock & roll style. And if they ever break up, I know that the Cadallaca spirit will live on in all of us.
"Out West" Cadallaca's new album due out Dec. 7th 2000 on KRS records.
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When I put in this album on to hear it for the first time, my initial though was how the music on it could be comparable to the sparse, harsh and infectious sounds of heavens to betsy (with the addition of Farsifa organ and more vocal variety)...I could compare them to Sleater Kinney, but I always liked H2B better.
Maybe I should back up here a moment and fill you in on who Cadallaca is (in case you haven't heard the news). Cadallaca consists of three members: kissy -aka- Corin Tucker (of sleater kinney and formerly of heavens to betsy), dusty -aka- Sarah Dougher, and junior -aka- sts (who plays in The Lookers with dusty -aka-...well you get the picture). There must be an ongoing trend of all-star groups these day (see aislers set).... Well I'm not about to complain.
As I continued to let the album play, I noticed a more soft of an edge to the album than I initially suspected. The two tracks that struck me the hardest would probably be "your one wish" and "winter storm '98" which happen to be the first and last tracks on "introducing", respectively, and vary greatly in their mood. "Your one wish" has the sound I would expect from the members of Cadallaca (in a butt-kicking, sort of way), starting out with minimal bass and drum (no. it's not that wack techno "drum and bass" stuff) with harsh vocals brought to us by Sarah telling us about our "one wish that " we'll "never get" (actually the lyric goes "your one wish, you'll never get"...I don't really take it all that personally) and continues to rock from then on. The rest of the album blasts off with Corin and Sarah alternating vocals at times, at other times harmonizing, and part of the time showing off, solo style.
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