Inner El Camino
Inner El Camino is a true labor of love. Produced over the course of the last year and a half, the record's thirteen songs are as intoxicating as they are melancholic. Fueled by the group's penchant for improv, Inner El Camino's pockets and left turns carve edges around the split-psyche lyricisms of Jonny Don't. There is anger, there is bliss, and there is hope for redemption in every corner of the record. Recorded predominantly at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone, 2007's INNER EL CAMINO features Tom Waits' onetime horn virtuoso, Ralph Carney, as the band expands their indie rock palate to incorporate jagged new-wave romps, crusty psychedelica and their trademark no-fi balladry. A notoriously eclectic bunch, The Don't's spend several hours a week improvising in their studio adjacent to a glass factory in San Francisco, retaining hundreds of hours of experimental recordings since forming in 2003. After their sophomore self-release INNER EL CAMINO hit the streets in early 2007, The Don't's were named CMJ/Sonicbids Artist of the Week, SF Deli Magazine's Artist of the Month, and were selected to showcase at CMJ 2007 in New York as well as Noise Pop 2008 as one of Sonicbids' featured artists. In April 2005, the band self-released MISC RADIO LEAKAGE, a binaurally recorded foray into the depths of love and commerce. Leakage found the four pursuing darkly melodic passages inspired by the likes of Can, The Fall, Talking Heads and The Flaming Lips. Along with INNER EL CAMINO, both records have garnered acclaim from an array of local and national print and online press. The Don't's are presently working on their third record and will be road testing selective material along the West Coast in Spring/Summer 2008 before setting it to tape. ************** "Fusing 90s alt-rock with Talking Heads quirkiness, The Don't's create a truly eclectic sound." - CMJ "The Don't's have refined the art of teetering at the splintered edge of disaster, embracing just the right amount of abandon..." - Flavorpill "Edgy and wildly creative... a fantastic indie rock record.' - East Bay Express "Inner El Camino is an indie rock fun house... simultaneously off-kilter and embracing." - Nascent "The Don't's have created an unusual indie-rock blend... lots of noise with plenty of spacious quiet moments..." - In Music We Trust "The Don't's pour down smart, angular and snappy songs that have deep roots somewhere between early UK post punk and the more accessible works of Sonic Youth." - Left Hip Magazine "San Francisco indie rockers The Don't's are the apple of the local music press' eye." - San Francisco Chronicle "Peppered with spacey blips and bleeps, The Don't's have produced a very organic, authentic sound." - The Owl Mag "The Don't's make great sense out of a couple of decades of indie-rock... hectoring Fall vocals, extended Can jams, and tense but eloquent Modest Mouse guitars..." - Delusions of Adequacy "The Don't's sound like Can meets the Replacements. It makes me almost wet myself." - Tiny Mix Tapes "The Don't's take the knotty melodies and fractured rhythms of icons like Wire, the Fall and Gang of Four and bring them into the new millennium." - High Bias.