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Band Bio

Caulbearers are a Manchester-based collective of musicians, but with contributors also hailing from around the UK and Europe.

Based on the songs of producer and vocalist Damien Mahoney, their sound has been described as “archaic funk fables and soul migrations… bittersweet songs of the self, soul and society” and “roots music from the rainy city… psychedelic soul with poetic, social observation.”

The 8-piece ensemble weave together elements of hip-hop, funk, dub, soul and jazz, with plenty of grit and discord in the mix. Caulbearers’ rhythms, arrangements and soundscapes are hugely inspired by many forms of electronic music but are solely channelled through the use of live instruments.

The lyrics and sound worlds invite the listener to explore the frailties and contradictions of our minds, the difficulties of the societies we create and inherit, yet also the celebration of this existence, of each other and what it can mean and feel like to be human. This music reflects Manchester’s melting pot of culture and unashamedly draws from that rich heritage, but its influences and inspirations extend out globally.

With previous releases via Jack To Phono Records and Single Cell Collective, brand new material is due out in 2020 with a full album to follow in 2021. Incredible singer Ruth Blake joins Damien on vocals throughout the album, which also features appearances from members of Cinematic Orchestra, The Breath, GoGo Penguin, Homelife, The Earlies, Cherry Ghost & Beats & Pieces Big Band, amongst others.

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“This is music worthy of top-dog soundtracks…Caulbearers strut in with a sonic funkadelic swagger”

Spill Magazine


“If Grace Jones and Massive Attack were one being, it would sound like Caulbearers”

Quenched Music




Released: 25th February 2022

Released: 4th December 2020

Released: 29th April 2021

Released: 3rd June 2013

Released: 10th June 2011



Synching (Bubbling Spring Remix) – Official Music Video

Synching (Bubbling Spring Remix) is the B side to the ‘Twisted Cord’ single by Caulbearers, released on February 25th, 2022.

Twisted Cord – Official music video

Video directed by Ben Taylor, Damien Mahoney & Latent Variables.

Filmed by Ben Taylor. Video editing, post-production and visual fx by Latent Variables

Solid Supposed (Featuring Ruth Blake)

Released as the B-side of the Burst Through The Borders single. Originally from the More Lie Deep EP, the track is given total revamp with brand new lead vocals by Ruth Blake.

Burst Through the Borders – Official music video

The official video for our single Burst Through The Borders.

Over Comes A Cloud – Official Music Video

Video by Stirzocular.

Over Comes A Cloud – Live

A stripped-back, deconstructed version of the Caulbearers single, recorded live at OTY Creative Space on November 4th, 2020. Vocals: Damien Mahoney. Guitar: Anton Hunter.