Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan
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Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan


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"Blurb from CMJ about our first CD"

"WXYC [in Chapel Hill, NC] has been spinning Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan so much lately that we had to get a copy for ourselves and check it out. It was easy to see why the station likes the CD so much."

--Brad Maybe - CMJ

"Review of our first CD"

"This is more than organized noise. The jarring, often discordant rhythms of CG&J land somewhere between the power of their dizzying live show and the cerebral stylings of the NASA channel.... A must-have."

--Lauren Hooker - The Independent (NC weekly)

"Blurb about our newest CDEP"

“'We Are Not At The Opera' the latest EP from Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan is a snarling and jagged beast, that stomps out of the speakers, all aggression and skewed riffery. Mainly instrumental in constructions, the music consists of bass, drums, guitar and sax, the tunes swirling and scrambling across each other like rats on a banqueting table. Finest tracks include the avant-punk speed fest of 'Stronger Than Dirt' and the Pere Ubuesque 'Rescue Dog', but it is all worth hearing."

--Steve Pescott -

"Show review"

"Big on shifting gears, controlling volume to the low and high extremes and shifting tempos in dramatic and exciting ways, CGJ bring a free jazz sensibility to their rock, splattering gobs of shattered notes against the walls like some abstract expressionist painters."

--Chris Toenes -

"Review of split 7" (with The Nien)"

"A full-on, charged attack not far from the Minutemen. With punk being left shattered, soaked on the floor, this is post-punk the picking up and reassembling of angular, tossed aside shards of kinetic pieces. Cantwell, Gomez and Jordan have achieved the gluing together and harnessing of a brilliant stained glass window of wild, flailing energy. Artsy, time-shifting post-punk. Yes!"

--Chaz Martenstein -


1) Self-titled long-playing CD on Chapel Hill, NC's Hypno-Vista Records. (2003)

2) Split 7" with The Nein on Chapel Hill, NC's Sit-n-spin Records (2005)

3) "We Are Not at the Opera" CDEP on Durham, NC's 307 Knox Records (2006)

4) "Hot Licks and Rhetoric" CDEP on 307 Knox Records

...and several compilation appearances, including WXYC's "Bandwidth" and Pox World Empire's "Compulation Vol. 1."



Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan is made up of veterans of the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC music scene, dating back to before its alleged heyday of the early 1990's.

We have played in bands like Analogue, Polycarp, Special Agents of Her Majesty's Secret Cervix, Cold Sides, BeatlesS, and Blue-green Gods. But, we've played together as CGJ longer than we were in any of these groups.

CGJ sounds like a (possibly imbalanced) combination of all our previous projects: kind of a spastic, complex, fast, dynamic, occasionally free punk rock: sort of a synthesis of The Minutemen, US Maple, X-Ray Spex, and Raymond Scott.

Over the years, we've been lucky enough to play over 150 shows around the south and east coast (mostly in North Carolina), and with almost every important noise/postpunk/avant garde band of the last several years: US Maple, Arab on Radar, Xiu Xiu, Wolf Eyes, Deerhoof, Battles, Sightings, Les George Leningrad, Parts & Labor, The USAISAMONSTER, Nautical Almanac, Erase Errata, Des Ark, Need New Body, Ex-Girl, Eugene Chadbourne, Cerberus Shoal, Cheer-Accident, White Mice, Pit Er Pat, Orthrelm, Mike Watt, Ahleuchatistas, Numbers, Tyondai Braxton, Kingsbury Manx, Coughs, Extreme Animals, and tons more.

We love to play shows; that's where we shine. Please contact us if you'd like us to come to your club/bar/house/record store/radio station/whatever.