Saturday, January 28, 2012


Moonpools & Caterpillars are Kimi, Tim, Gugut and Jay Jay.

"Los's gonna happen" was the cryptic message posted on the Moonpools and Caterpillars official Facebook page on Jan. 28th. Which means that after 14 years, the Los Angeles band will reunite to play once again. OH YEEE-AAAH. Now, all we need to hear are dates and venues which they'll hopefully announce soon and I'll be first in line to grab some. Stay tuned for more details.

It began back in August of 2010, with rumors of a reunion show which was fueled by Moonpools and Caterpillars' own Facebook page revealing full-band practice sessions and the teasing a possible show at the intimate Hotel Cafe. And with that news, fans were foaming at the mouth for a chance to see Moonpools and Caterpillars one last time. Let's hope, at least for me who has never seen this band live, that this happens.

Comprised of Kimi Ward Encarnacion, Jay Jay Encarnacion, Gugut Salgado and Tim de Pala, Moonpools and Caterpillars' rise to fame was accidental. It's said that during one of their shows, an A&R representative from a record label went to one of their shows looking to sign a different band that was also performing that night. Well, the A&R guy got there early and caught Moonpools' set and loved them so much he signed them on the spot. As for the other band? Who knows?

Moonpools and Caterpillars last show at The Whisky A Go Go

Through the years, Moonpools and Caterpillars have grown a cult-like following by word of mouth, friends making copies for friends, listening to their songs on long car rides and singing along to their universal lyrics of life, proving that their albums hasn't aged through the years and their songs could easily play on radio today. Today, years later, I still listen to these albums and with the help of the internet, fans –new and old – can rediscover this band that continues to entertain. For me, this was basically the start of Picksysticks and my love for women-fronted bands began.

Check out their appearance on Disney's "Wish Upon a Star" which happens to be Katherine Heigl's very first movie.

Moonpools and Caterpillars performing "Hear" in the 1996 Disney movie "Wish Upon a Star."