Cass McCombs

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Cass McCombs
Cass 2008 sm.jpg
Chicago, 2008
Background information
Born 1977
Genres Rock, Folk, Punk
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, various
Years active 2001-present
Labels Domino Records

Cass McCombs is an American songwriter and performer.


McCombs was born in Concord, California in 1977. McCombs spent time developing his songwriting abilities in New York City, until the events of 9/11 (coupled with running out of money) sent him back, via Greyhound bus, to San Francisco, where he recorded his debut E.P., entitled Not the Way E.P. It would be released by the small Baltimore-based Monitor Records in 2002. After relocating there, his first full-length album, A, was released early the following year on Monitor in the U.S. and in Europe and the U.K. by 4AD. McCombs and his band spent much of 2003 and 2004 touring, performing everywhere from the All Tomorrow's Parties festival to house shows. McCombs otherwise divided his time amongst the Pacific Northwest, England and Baltimore. After a week of recording in Michigan, his second LP, PREfection, arrived in spring 2005.[1] Later that year, he decamped to Southern California to begin work on his third full-length, Dropping the Writ, which was released on October 9, 2007, by Domino Records and later named one of’s Best Albums of 2007.[2] Following a period in Chicago, he returned to California to record Catacombs before its eventual U.S. release on July 7, 2009. The album was named one of the top 50 albums of 2009 by Pitchfork Media.[3] His fifth LP, Wit's End, was released by Domino on April 26, 2011.[4] It was followed by another LP, entitled Humor Risk and released on November 8, 2011 - less than 7 months after the release of his previous LP. Like Catacombs and Wit's End, it was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and McCombs.[5]

He has performed or toured with Honeyboy Edwards, Mike Bones, Band of Horses, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, White Magic, Cat Power, The Anomoanon, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Andrew Bird, Blonde Redhead, Modest Mouse, Casiotone for the painfully alone, Girls, Sleepy Doug Shaw, Beach House, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Peter Bjorn and John, Papercuts, Fiery Furnaces, José González, The Shins, Iron and Wine, Arboretum, Deerhoof, The Walkmen, John Webster Johns, Lightspeed Champion, The Donkeys, OXES, Gang Gang Dance, Convalescent Surprise, Frank Fairfield, Michael Hurley, Jana Hunter, Lower Dens, Thurston Moore, Mt. Egypt, and The War On Drugs.

His songs have been featured in films including Thomas Campbell's 2009 surf film The Present[6] and Ralph Arlyck documentary Following Sean,[7] as well as notable skate videos featuring Jason Dill,[8] Jerry Hsu[9] Chima Ferguson and Dylan Rieder.[10] His song "Bobby, King of Boys Town" appeared in HBO show "Girls" (Season 2, Episode 9 - "On All Fours").[11]

McCombs has stated that his tombstone will read "Home At Last."[12]





  1. ^ RCRD LBL
  2. ^ Best Music of 2007.
  3. ^ Pitchfork Staff (December 17, 2009). Pitchfork: Staff Lists: The Top 50 Albums of 2009. Pitchfork Media.
  4. ^ Domino USA (January 27, 2011). Cass McCombs Returns With a New Album. Press Release.
  5. ^ Domino USA (August 17, 2011). Humor Risk. Press Release.
  6. ^ JettyGirl Surf Movie Review - The Present, a film by Thomas Campbell. Retrieved 1-28-11.
  7. ^ Following Sean - Production Credits. PBS. Retrieved 1-28-11.
  8. ^ Dill, Jason (12-27-08). Jason Dill DVS Skate More.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Hsu, Jerry, (03-29-07). "Sacred Heart" by Cass McCombs.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ Rieder, Dylan (08-24-10). dylan..  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ [1] Retrieved 3-31-13.
  12. ^ Vigil, Delfin (November 22, 2007). "Cass McCombs: Cagey singer-songwriter coughs up a few words". San Francisco Chronicle

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