Moonpools & Caterpillars

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Moonpools & Caterpillars was a Filipino American rock band based in California. The band was most popular in the 1990s.

They released three albums commercially, The Pink Album (self-released), Lucky Dumpling (1995, Elektra Records), and 12 Songs (self-released). Lucky Dumpling was produced by Richard Gottehrer.


Lead singer Kimi Ward Encarnacion is known for being very energetic on stage. Jay Jay Encarnacion gave Moonpools & Caterpillars their distinct guitar sounds, which varied from ethereal chorusing to large, wall-of-sound distortion. Bassist Tim DePala and drummer Gugut Salgado were the other two members of the band.

Their first album, The Pink Album, was a recording of a live show at Los Angeles's Whisky a Go Go where many of their early shows were played

The band's music was featured in the movies The Baby-Sitters Club (1995), Wish Upon a Star (1996), and Frozen Stars (2003). Their song "Hear" was used in a 1996 VW Drivers Wanted commercial.

In part because three of the members of the band were Filipino, the band always had a presence on the Pinoy rock scene. In 2014, after a return to Whisky a Go Go, the band returned to the Philippines after a seventeen-year absence and were met by enthusiastic crowds.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Moonpool's Mania Hits the Philippines and I’m Loving It Up." Honey of California. Accessed November 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Reunions are made of these" by Katrina Stuart Santiago. Manila Times. June 14, 2014. Accessed November 9, 2015.

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