El Gato Dice dates back to 2009, when Bob Crews and David Jesitus were in a post-punk project in SF that needed a reboot. David dusted off some old punk and shoegaze tracks he had in his arsenal, and Bob folded in his parts. Suddenly a new band was born. They recorded “Uno”- a 7 track EP, in Berkeley in 2010 and played locally with bassist Ugur Pece. It was a little bit Smiths, a little bit Superchunk. Nice.
Life invariably happened and the gang took 2011 and 2012 off. But it wouldn’t go away. A 2012 radio interview (TMG) reignited the fire live, on-air. In 2013 David went back to Berkeley to create the acoustic “Clean” and “Walk A Mile” tracks and the response was excellent. So Ugur joined full time and “Dos” was worked on 2014-2015 and released summer 2015. This led to college radio, great press, and shows upon shows. Probably the biggest show was in support of Sub Pop’s Kyle Craft at the Bottom of the Hill in 2016. And that acoustic take of "Walk A Mile" is still their biggest Spotify track.
Life happened again. Ugur relocated and Alexis Blair (Mystic Priestess) stepped in on bass for another nice opening gig (Cymbals Eat Guitars), and just like that- they’re off and running. Summer 2018 sees the release of the ambitious 10 track “Tres”, with lots of pop, punk, glam, garage, and other unidentified ingredients. “Tame” is the lead single, offering a glammed-up Pavement sound. "Someday Soon" and "Simplest Design" also made the college rounds, charting on KXSF and KZSU. Daily interest at WJCU also led David to do an impromptu Ohio show. All this time, the band was also cruising to the Elite Eight in NMI's March Madness battle. (thanks, voters!)
2019 sees a singles movement, with wistful "Nothing" leading the way, already on air in SF (102.5fm.) The band plans a slew of singles this summer, to lead to an eventual (probably sweet AND cathartic) full release in 2020. Watch for "Calle Perfecto", "Mania", and "Half Way" on a radio dial (ET or ground) near you soon. You can't keep a good cat down. EGD is no exception.
But don't take our word for it. Check out the reviews (Devil Has the best Tuna, KZSU Time Traveler, NMI, NuFutur, and our favorite Indie Band Guru.)