Corto Maltese

Corto Maltese


Corto Maltese mix the angular wit of Bowie, the lush instrumentation, complete with guitar adoration, of Queen and the futuristic Eidos of Thom Yorke in an undeniably unique rock'n'roll package. Devotees of melody and intrigue, they'll be a band to watch in 2009.


Corto Maltese formed in film school when three members began meeting to play jokey covers of their heroes in their friend's bedroom, their favorites being David Bowie, Blue Oyster Cult, and Van Halen.

Eventually they got serious and made a three song EP called "Providence".

Meanwhile, "Providence" went into heavy rotation on local radio shows like 101X's "Next Big Thing" and NPR's "Song of the Day."

Their latest EP titled "Answer, Answer" was released in March 2009. It received rave reviews from local publications The Chronicle and Austinist, as well as heavy rotation on KBGA in Missoula and Austin's 101X and KUT 90.5, where it was featured in their "Texas Music Matters" segment.

They were also recently featured on's "Future Sounds" and the Daytrotter blog, and are currently part of RCRD LBL's artist roster.


Providence EP (2007)
Answer, Answer EP (2009)

Full length due late 09 early 10.

Set List

A typical set is 45 minutes to an hour. The songs we play live are:

Man Alive
Never A Waver
Answer, Answer
The Heat Death Of The Universe
The Kiss Off
Permanent Basement
Anna's Boots

We do covers of Television's "Evil", Q Lazarus' "Goodbye Horses", and Warren Zevon's "Exitable Boy."