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Clikatat Ikatowi – Demo

January 29, 2010

Clikatat IkatowiThis week’s download is a set of early recordings from San Diego’s Clikatat Ikatowi. The band existed for a few years in the mid-90s and were part of Gravity Records’ roster. Via their MySpace:

Clikatat Ikatowi was one of San Diego’s most celebrated bands. They helped maintain the city as the art punk capital of world. They created twisted yet naturally flowing works in a broad range of styles.

Ranging from lightning fast and huge, to stripped down, spacey, and lethargic, Clikatat’s songs were always engaging and mesmerizing. It wasn’t just their excellent compositions which made them everyone’s favorite band but also their superior musicianship.

Mario Rubalcaba, who has gone on to play with Black Heart Procession, Rocket From the Crypt, etc is simply one of the best indie drummers around. He plays unbelievably fast and complex parts with taste and style.

Guitarist Scott, who previously played for another Gravity band, Heroin, often conducted meandering, noise-filled experiments without compromising structure. He also always knew when to keep it simple, and to compliment the other members. Cutting-edge yet organic, they were one of the best.”

(Taken from This profile is dedicated to our bass player Ryan Noel, R.I.P. bruther…

Ryan Noel died of a heroin overdose in 2004.

I got interested in the band a few years ago and found this package on Zen In the Art of Face-Punching via the magic of Google. Tim’s got good taste in music, and it’s a shame he doesn’t update his blog more often. From the original post:

Know this: 4 Unreleased tracks, 3 later released on Orchestrated and Conducted By…Slinty tendencies are highly visible on the first two tracks, “Saxby’s Gail” and “Meatho”. “Librarian” is pure punk. “Off To Here” is the closest thing to a pop song they ever wrote. Close is still a million miles away, but peep the jangly, indie style guitars. The other three didn’t change much from the originals. The recording is fairly decent.

Download Clikatat Ikatowi’s demo from Evilmp3.

Tracklist after the jump.

  1. Saxby’s Gail
  2. Meatho
  3. Identity Crisis
  4. Librarian
  5. Off To Here
  6. Transmission
  7. Affirmation
3 Comments leave one →
  1. catano permalink
    February 6, 2010 9:51 am

    Is this the cassette? I don’t remember the songs on the cassette, but I remember it being pretty awesome. Randomly, I was just watching Clikatat footage on the youtubes last night.

    • February 8, 2010 7:46 am

      It might be the cassette, I actually have no idea. I ran across the blog I originally downloaded this from because I was trying to figure out the correct spelling of the band’s name… “Clikatat” vs “Clikitat”

  2. August 22, 2010 10:35 am

    I don’t have a cassette player anymore, but I’m pretty sure the Clikitat demo I have (which is on cassette) is this same one. It was a Gravity releae correct? It’s a cassette, the cover is a red nebulous/astronomy photo. My tape matches the song list you posted. i’m pretty sure it’s the same.

    Once i get my hands on a cassette player i’ll figure it out.

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