|Origin||Glasgow, Scotland, UK|
|Genres||Alternative rock, electronic music, experimental rock|
|Labels||Timshel Records, Autoclave Records|
Calamateur's first record was 7" single White Light Unknown / Inhabit which was released in 2000 and received airplay from John Peel and BBC Radio 1's Scottish Evening Session. It received high praise a number of music magazines. This was followed up with Autocity EP in 2002, a four track EP that sampled reports of car-accidents, and received airplay from John Peel and Radio 3's Late Junction, garnering praise in In This Music? and Rough Trade.
In 2003, Calamateur released the eight track Son of Everyone EP and ten track mini album Tiny Pushes Vol.1: How to be Childlike. Both received high praise from the press. Tiny Pushes Vol.1 is notable as the first of Calamateur's releases to be made available for free when released.
2004, saw Calamateur build on the success of Son of Everyone EP with The Old Fox of '45. This album lost some of the acoustic stylings that had been present on earlier release in favour of richer electronic sounds, and features a full-band opening track, Half Truth, and a Blue Nile cover, Automobile Noise. 2004 also saw the release of Deep Peace a compilation album curated by Calamateur that features Aerogramme, Oldsolar and a slew of other artists. Deep Peace was released in order to raise public awareness for Trident Ploughshares.
Over 2005 and 2006 Calamateur had two releases. In 2005 Tiny Pushes Vol.2: All the Wrong Buttons was released as a free album and received good reviews from Diskant and Is This Music?, also receiving airplay on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. In 2006 Sergeant Howie's Holy Stamina Test was released on a track by track basis; all of the songs appearing on the EP were recorded over a ten hour period, though they were edited before being released. Calamateur collaborated with Steve Lawson in 2007 to produce a nine-track album, Calamateur vs. Steve Lawson.
Jesus is for Losers was four years in the making and was released in 2008, it received positive reviews from the press. It was released on a track by track basis with each track being accompanied by a blog post explaining a little about the song. In 2009 a follow album with five tracks was made available to people who bought Jesus is for Losers or helped to promote the album. Calamateur's latest release is a compilation of tracks commissioned over 2008 and 2009.