- Joe Adamik
- Jim Becker
- Ben Massarella
- Tim Rutili
- Red Red Meat
- Ugly Casanova
- The Fruit Bats
- Modest Mouse
- Tim Kinsella
Califone is a critically-acclaimed experimental post-rock band from Chicago. The band is named after Califone International, an audio equipment manufacturer.
Califone will release an album and feature film in 2009, both of which are titled All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. The album was released October 6, 2009 on Dead Oceans. The feature film will be submitted to festivals in 2010, and the band will play a live soundtrack to the film during their tour.
All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's Roots & Crowns, which The New York Times called "enthralling." The first single released for the album is called Funeral Singers.
After the breakup of his former band Red Red Meat, frontman Tim Rutili formed Califone as a solo project. Rutili's solo effort soon became a full-fledged musical project with a regular and rotating list of contributors, including many former members of Red Red Meat and some members of other Chicago bands.
According to Rutili, Califone started as a home project: "The statement of intent would have been 'easy listening' compared to what we were doing with Red Red Meat. This was supposed to be making little pop songs out of found pieces. It was supposed to be just a little home project, and it slowly grew from there. Now it seems like just about anything goes."
Califone's sound is a combination of Red Red Meat's blues-rock and experimental music, with inspiration drawn from early American folk music, pop, as well as electronic and groups like Psychic TV. Listeners familiar with Red Red Meat can quickly tell that Califone is not an attempt to revive the old band; elements from a number of musical styles contribute to their distinctive sound.
Califone's current lineup includes Joe Adamik (drums), Jim Becker (banjo, violin), Ben Massarella (percussion), and Tim Rutili (vocals, guitar, keyboards). Each member is a multi-instrumentalist.
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