Podcast: El Valiente on 10 years as a band

The Madison instrumental-rock institution will play its final show on April 9 at the Crystal Corner Bar.
 

El Valiente members Joe Bernstein (drums, glockenspiel), Eric Caldera (guitar), and Kris Hansen (bass) at the WORT studio this week.

El Valiente members Joe Bernstein (drums, glockenspiel), Eric Caldera (guitar), and Kris Hansen (bass) at the WORT studio this week.

As we reported in March, Madison instrumental-rock outfit El Valiente has announced that it's playing its final show on April 9 at the Crystal Corner Bar. The band's members—guitarist Eric Caldera, drummer/glockenspiel player Joe Bernstein, and bassist Kris Hansen—say they're having trouble finding the time to both craft new material and stay on top of the complex, sprawling songs they've already written. All three joined me at WORT this week to talk about the band's 10-year run, their three albums, and what's ahead for them in projects including Oedipus Tex, The Kissers, and Building On Buildings.

Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and catch WORT-FM's weeknight news show In Our Backyard, which partners with us to produce these. Thanks to Dylan Brogan for producing this interview.