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Calla was formed in New York City in 1993 by Aurelio Valle (guitar, vocals), Sean Donovan (bass, keyboards, programming), and Wayne B. Magruder (percussion, programming), adding Peter Gannon in 2003 and Sean Donovan departing in 2004. However, the band’s origins can be traced to Texas in 1993, where Valle, Magruder and Gannon began performing together in the Denton band, The Factory Press. The Factory Press relocated to New York in 1995, recording The Smoky Ends of a Burnt out Day with producers Kid Congo Powers and Matt Verta-Ray. The group split in 1997 and the album was not released until early 1998, by which time Valle and Magruder were pursuing new musical ventures. Most notably, Magruder worked with Bowery Electric and Windsor for the Derby. A four-track demo was completed in 1998, generating interest from the Brussels label Sub Rosa, which released the band’s first album to critical acclaim in 1999. Calla’s self-titled debut prised apart traditional song structures and reconfigured the components into subtly apocalyptic, cinematic pieces, at times evoking electronically processed Ennio Morricone soundscapes. Calla subsequently made the transition to performance, a process that gave Valle, Magruder, and Donovan their first taste of playing together outside a studio environment. Playing live had a significant impact on the band’s sound and direction.


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  • GreyComa

    like it

    17 Jun 9:04pm Reply
  • Floriane_M

    love calla immediately, bastards!

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ekesner

    Televise THE best album of the 2000s.

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • gentleandkind

    this band is so underrated

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
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    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • flyx

    i so wish they would get together for a new album! :) amazing band, way too little listeners for their quality!!!

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • vectoralgebra

    @irishtim yes, they are still together. I read about them on their facebook account. It is said that: "Hello Everyone, It's been a while since my last post. We were able to raise money to get into the studio and I'll be finishing recording hopefully very soon. More offerings will be posted on the site once I'm done recording and prepare to release some music. Thanks for all your continued support. Looking forward to sharing more work and music with you all soon. -Aurelio"

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • irishtim

    Are they still together? Haven't heard anything about them in years.

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • derekdavalos

    Collisions by Calla in my car, on constant play. Love the guitar riffs.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • violet01

    Nice guys are the nice guys <3

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ekesner

    Where has one of my faves gone?

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • paternof

    Great band. Where did they end up?

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • trashtechnology

    just so damned sexical

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Floriane_M

    everytime i push play button the chest seems too tight for my burning heart. i'm hypnotized. that's what calla does to me.

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • irishtim

    Glad to see a different avatar picture. The other one was up there for like 3 years.

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • grendll

    great live "in studio" performance recorded in 2007:

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • flyx

    please come back to belgium one of these days.... willing to help with promo or whatever....

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • AnthonyCasper

    Just amazing music

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • dernierefois

    each time i put televise on i get goosebumps as if i was listening to it for the first time <3.

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • fanntastic

    I miss Calla. it's been years since I listened to them.

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
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