One of the San Francisco music community's most celebrated indie-rock bands of the last two decades, Creeper Lagoon, is coming out of retirement for a special one-time only Los Angeles show at The Echo. The core lineup - consisting of Ian Sefchick, Sharky Laguana, David Kostiner and Dan Carr - haven't been on stage together since 2001. Their critically adored debut album, I Become Small and Go, was released in 1998 on Nickelbag Records, the now defunct label run by producer team, the Dust Brothers. SPIN named them the Best New Artist that same year. Watering Ghost Garden followed two years later, and Take Back the Universe And Give Me Yesterday was issued on Dreamworks in early 2001. The band broke up in 2001 having just completed tours with Guided By Voices, Spoon, and Dinosaur Jr.
Caitlin is a loyal Californian, and Californians are always willing to honor a dare. In 2005, her husband Johnny from the beloved band Far dared her to write songs to match the beauty of her voice. The songs she wrote were good enough to be recorded by her friend Robert Cheek at the Hangar studio in Sacramento, with Johnny and Rusty Miller (Jackpot, Jason Lytle, Kelly Stoltz) filling out what would become the band Two Sheds. That album, Strange Ammunition, was self
released 2006. They followed with an EP, released by Filter Records in 2007, and spent the next few years touring.
In 2010, Caitlin took a hiatus from Two Sheds to join Release the Sunbird, the solo project of Rogue Wave frontman Zach Rogue, and had the opportunity to share the stage with Peter, Bjorn & John, Death Cab for Cutie, and the Flaming Lips.
Two Sheds resumed when Caitlin and Johnny moved to Los Angeles in 2012. Caitlin was duty-bound to respond to another dare, this time a challenge from a friend to write twenty songs in one day. Caitlin took that dare three different days, in fact, and ended up with enough solid songs to record a new album with Johnny and drummer Josh Barnhart (Release the Sunbird, Port O’Brien, Sparrows Gate). The resulting album, Assembling, was engineered by Eli
Thomson (Delta Spirit, Richard Swift, Everest) at New Monkey Studio in Van Nuys, CA (Elliott Smith’s former studio). Tracking was performed mostly live over a 5-day session to capture the songs with the same immediacy with which they
Two Sheds' music takes the tender and direct pop mindset of someone like Liz Phair straight to the top floor. Caitlin's voice may remind listeners of Kristen Hersh or Mazzy Star, sounding like she's weeping in the sad songs and smiling in the happy songs. The band takes the California rock-soul of comrades like Mother Hips or 90s indie wizards Pavement, driving to the essence of a song in the shortest path possible. They are pushing themselves to dig down to the still-
genuine heart of rock and roll, where true love still resides, away from the false promises of the searchlights. They will dare you to not be enamored.
Five members... Five gut punches, five empty whiskey bottles.
The Knitts. Frantic creative energy, marked by a coming out soiree, a dirty debutante ball, a not so sweet 16 party... a band of petulant, whip smart yet delinquint, melancholy yet jolly, obscenity laced sweet and tender hooligans whose brand of anti-emo garage post punk anglo pop defies lazy comparison.
Drawing from a vast range of influences that belie their tender ages, The Knitts are a calling card for what is to come.
The Knitts, they’re not on the grid, don’t play to click tracks, don’t know how to work a sampler or program a drum machine. They don’t growl or scream, they sing. They’re not choreographed, they move. They don’t pose, they just smile and laugh.
Now, the fully-formed Knitts are leaving the safety of the practice room and building a following around Los Angeles and beyond.