Daimian Holiday Scott (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, loop pedal, etc), Matthew Souther (trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, melodica, vocals, etc), Johnny Major (drums, vocals, etc), Andrew Thomas (upright bass, electric bass, mandolin, vocals, etc), Annabel Ibanez (violin, trumpet, etc)
Indie-baroque-folk. Discography to date includes Conversation Music (2007) and All These Slippery Things (2010).
Comparing themselves to the similarly diverse strains of Modest Mouse, Beirut or Neutral Milk Hotel, Il Gato describe their sound as “folk with a reggae down beat, harmonious rap, lavish modern-classical instrumentation, emotionally charged vocals with a floating delivery and group singing.” It would seem there’s also space for baroque elements too, as a great deal of their work finds itself embellished by full horn and string sections, piano, upright bass, drums, banjo, accordion, harmonica and melodica.
Listing their influences as “early Country-Folk-Blues, Talking Heads, Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead acoustic, Led Zeppelin acoustic, Modest Mouse acoustic, Ethiopiques: Vol. 4 & 5, Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Cat Power, Phillip Glass, Enya, Otis Redding, Pearl Jam, Bon Iver and Blind Melon”, the Il Gato boys have performed their emotionally charged brand of music at some of the most prestigious venues in California, combining a thirst for success with a mellowed outlook on life in general. “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,” they muse.“Maybe it is even a beautiful thing.”
While their first release ‘conversationmusic’ was actually a solo effort from frontman Damian, the follow-up ‘All These Slippery Things’ saw the band fully formed and working at the renowned Tiny Telephone studio with luminaries such as Ian Pelicci (Deerhoof, Rogue Wave, Hauschka, etc.) and Roger Seibel (Broken Social Scene, Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver, The Dodos, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, etc.