IL GATO is an indie-baroque-folk band from San Francisco, California. Their recent independent release, "All these Slippery Things" (July 2010), is the band’s first studio album and second full-length release. It was recorded and mixed at the renowned Tiny Telephone (with overdubs recorded at home), engineered by Ian Pelicci (Deerhoof, Rogue Wave, Hauschka, etc.) and mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering (Broken Social Scene, Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver, The Dodos, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, etc.).
The core ensemble of musicians consists of guitarist/harmonica/vocalist Damian Holiday Scott, pianist/trumpeter/vocalist Matthew Souther, upright bassist/vocalist Andrew Thomas, and drummer/vocalist Johnny Major. With a pop sensibility, their sound incorporates folk with a reggae down beat, harmonious rap, lavish modern-classical instrumentation, and emotionally charged vocals with a floating delivery. Common associations include Modest Mouse, Beirut, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Arcade Fire.
"All these Slippery Things" is a grand departure from IL GATO’s first release, "conversationmusic" (2007), a solo singer/songwriter recording by Gainesville, Florida native and former architect Damian Holiday Scott. With the help of some of the Bay Area’s finest indie musicians, "All these Slippery Things" is embellished by full horn and string sections, piano, upright bass, drums, banjo, accordion, harmonica and melodica, hence putting the "baroque" in indie-folk.
IL GATO writes emotionally complex songs about life and love and loss and how if you are going to be a lover in this world you are undoubtedly also going to be a loser and how maybe that isn't such a bad thing. Maybe it is even a beautiful thing.
IL GATO has been on the bill with Castanets, Tom Brosseau, The Felice Brothers, Frank Black of the Pixies (almost), The Ferocious Few, The Shants, Annie Bacon, Wolf & Crow and other quality acts.
Additionally, IL GATO songs have been played on radio stations (Indie 101.3FM, KALX, SomaFM, etc.), listed on blogs (LargeHearted Boy, The Bay Bridged, The Deli, etc.), and enjoyed by many.
"All these Slippery Things" is available for purchase at ilgato.bandcamp.com.