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Sprung from the creatively fertile streets of Denver, Il Cattivo mixes its melodies with heavy rock, unsuspecting soul and promises nothing more than to get you moving.
Formed in 2009 with Brian Hagman (Black Lamb), Matt Bellinger (Planes Mistaken for Stars and Ghost Buffalo), Jed Kopp (Ghost Buffalo), and Holland Rock Garden (Machine Gun Blues) and after a string of revolving bassists, Matty Clark of Denver's Taun Taun stepped into play on their 2011 debut full length, To Bring Low an Empire.
After Empire's release in June, Il Cattivo went on a short midwestern tour with Peoria, Illinois' Lark's Tongue. In December of 2011, Matty Clark and Holland Rock Garden left the band to focus on other endeavors ushering in the newest Cattivos: Arj Narayan (Black Acid Devil) and Matt Cavanaugh (Burn Sand Burn) . The newly banded IL CATTIVO spent the subsequent months writing and writing in anticipation of recording again with the talented Chris Fogal at Black in Bluhm studios in April 2012.
With a new album in hand, Il Cattivo hopes to find both local and national support to help get their music to a wider audience. Much like the bands who inspired them and bands they've shared a stage with, Il Cattivo unapologetically bears their soul with every hard-hitting song. They are a band because they have to be - they weren't made for anything else.
Il Cattivo songs are an obvious catharsis, an exorcism, a sacrificial offering - a desperate way to wring out all of that love, hate, loneliness, passion and insanity that is worn on the sleeves of the hardened hearts.
Husker Du, Afghan Whigs, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Flag, High on Fire, Motorhead, Fugazi, Quicksand, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, The Cult, Leatherface, Naked Raygun, Jesus Lizard, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and the list goes on and on..
BANDS THEY'VE PLAYED WITH:
Quicksand, Torche, The Bronx, Red Fang, Fucked Up, Cursive, Mike Watt & The Missingmen, Ume, Buzzoven, Melvins, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Larks Tonhue, Men Of Fortune, Warlock Pinchers, The Photo Atlas, Hawks and Doves, Git Some, Tweak Bird and more.