Monday, November 10, 2008

Bands in the Neighborhood: Caracara

By Robyn Mincher

Caracara is a multifaceted term. “Face face” (Spanish), “from from” (Japanese), a type of orange, and a bird of carrion - the term unites stutterers, fruit fans, and bird watchers alike. It’s also indie rock outfit Caracara, a band with an amalgam of many sounds (like its name).

Mt. Pleasanter Jeremy Borrego moved to the Columbia Heights area two years ago with indie rock ambitions, finally realized after pulling in bassist Isaac Weiser, drummer Rob Rifkin, and lead guitarist Izzy Miller. They’ve quickly established themselves in the neighborhood music scene, winning the hearts of rock fans (with shows at Dahlak and The Red and The Black), frat boys (first band to ever play at Adams Mill) and biker bad-asses (at a car show in Manassas). Jeremy Borrego talks with us.

How did you all come up with the band name?


The band name was actually my stage name from my last band, Man Eagle. In that band everyone had a bird name and since I'm Mexican I was the Caracara. We liked it though for this band because it is so ambiguous.

How did the band form?

I moved here after college and needed a musical project. I put up a Craigslist ad and responded to a bunch of ads myself. Eventually I found some sassy dudes with similar enough tastes to start making music…and now we have a demo.

Do you play any gigs in CH?

Our first show in Columbia Heights is at the Wonderland on November 26th with Basshound at 9pm. I'm stoked about that show too because I really like the singer/songwriter shows the Wonderland has on the weekends and also when they have blues/country bands playing in the beer garden

What are your band's influences?

A lot of older country-blues stuff like the Stones and Zeppelin, more modern Indie stuff like the Arcade Fire and early Modest Mouse with a fair amount of darker fare like the Mars Volta and the Kings of Leon.

What’s your take on the local music scene?


Mt. Pleasant has these really cool, underground shows at La Casa from time to time and I've seen some great acts there…like the Apes and Ra Ra Rasputin. There's so much good music floating around DC, I just wish there were more of a central stage for it all. Dahlak's is kind of trying to do that and there are a bunch of cool open mics around, but I wish more venues were open to local bands.

And if you had to rename your band for something in Columbia Heights, what would it be?

There's already a rapper named Sticky Fingers and the glory of the Wonderland Ballroom cannot be surpassed, so I'd have to go with the Red Derby. It's a great name, I love that bar's vibe, and sometimes you need a beer in a can!


Are you in a band in the neighborhood? Let us know. newcolumbiaheights(at)gmail.com

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