Thursday, April 25, 2013


Now: Moonpools and Caterpillars
photo via official Moonpools and Caterpillars Facebook

Moonpools and Caterpillars
Then: Moonpools and Caterpillars
The 90s are back!!! The Moonpools and Caterpillars reunion show has long been in the works since August of 2010 after rumors started swirling with the news that the Los Angeles based band started full-band practice sessions and then in January of 2012 when a cryptic post on their official Facebook page stated "Los's gonna happen!!!"

Now, over a year later, it seems all but official that the LA-based band will perform for the first time ever in 15 years after announcing on their Facebook page today "Hey Los Angeles!!! Grab a pen and paper and write down July 27th!!! Ya baby!!!!"  As to possible venues?  They teased The Hotel Cafe as a possibility in the past or they could play The Whisky A Go Go, the site of their very last performance on June 6, 1998. But who knows?  I just know a lot of fans are excited as I am.

"Colossal Youth" by Moonpools and Caterpillars

"Soon" by Moonpools and Caterpillars

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?

"Hear" by Moonpools and Caterpillars

"Polyester" by Moonpools and Caterpillars

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.

Also, check out their appearance on Disney's "Wish Upon a Star" which was also Katherine Heigl's feature acting debut!!

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