In 2015, Daniel Caballero (illustrated, right), singer-guitarist for Tampa psych-rock quartet House Of I, teamed back up with his best friend, Sergio Rubio to try and whip some music together after regular life circumstances stopped them from doing so in 2010. After 10 years of trying, the new duo, called Blonde Gentlemen, has released “Catapult.”
“We finally told ourselves that if we don’t release the music now, we never will!” Caballero told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
The debut release doesn’t even come close to the psychedelic storms conceived by House Of I. The single came about when Caballero was messing around with a Smiths-channeling guitar riff; he and Rubio decided to expand on that riff, and add synthesizers.
The only other person besides Caballero and Rubio who assisted in making this song happen was producer Jordan Esker, of Jordan Esker And The Hundred Percent. Rubio took on lead vocals, bass, and scribbling out lyrics, while Caballero did all the rest.
A video for the track was filmed entirely on both Caballero and Rubio’s iPhones, from different parts of Florida. Rubio, who plans to move to Tampa once this pandemic calms the hell down, filmed his bits from Miami, where he and Caballero met in elementary school.
Blonde Gentlemen apparently has enough material for an album, which is currently “waiting to be released,” according to Caballero. Hopefully, when Rubio moves to Tampa, the two will get together for some live shows to promote it. He’s the reason Caballero started playing music, so without him, there’d be no House Of I. Thanks, Sergio.
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