Guava Belly

Guava Belly

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Mix a rock singer/songwriter with solid reggae drums. Add two lab PhD scientists on the bass and keys who break into funky math-rap and sampled quantum physics lectures. Finish with a tasteful lead guitarist who will solo on the crowd’s demand. You get a refreshing sound coming from SoCal.

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Biography

Guava Belly is more than the sum of it's parts. This is good because it's parts consist of five idiots and their respective noise making machines of choice. Five musicians, with five different stories and five different voices come together on one stage to form one sound of passion, fury, sweetness and fun. Remember when the robot cats from Voltron came together to form a giant invincible robot? Guava Belly is like that.... in music.

These are our stories...

Dan Hammer Guitar, Lead Vocals

Good at singing. Good at yelling. Good at drinking. The perfect front man. From Seattle, Dan brings a sensitive ear for melody which is apparent in his tasteful guitar and vocal melodies. He's also dumb enough to sometimes reject taste altogether in favor of a fiery display of rock infused noise and fury. Which is good because Guava Belly doesn't tolerate pansies. With an associates degree in audio production from the Art Institute of Seattle, when Dan talks about his monster-sized rig of effects pedals he really understands what he's talking about, and in that respect he stands apart from most musicians. A natural song-writer, Dan's lyrics betray hints of depth that belie the band's shallow and simplistic appearance. Dan grew up listening to wide range of music which incorporates everything from The Beatles to Zepplin to Disney music. It shows.

Aaron Giffin Drums and Percussion

Never trust someone who hits things for a living. Aaron is no exception to this rule unless you need somebody to lay down a beat with some bounce. In this respect he is a metronome. Granted a metronome that gets louder and faster as it gets more excited, but that's how Guava Belly likes metronomes to be. Hip-hop, jazz, rock, polka.... whatever. Giff plays them all with a rock-steady groove that often is the one thing maintaining order in the band, when live shows go awry. Giff played jazz and rock back in upstate New York before coming to San Diego to pursue a career as a teacher. Somehow he messed up and wound up as a rock-star instead. Future generation's loss. Present generation's gain. Giff likes to steal drum riffs from Wilco, The Grateful Dead and Phish.

Mike Pritchard Keys, Synth, Samples, Vocals

Pritch brought the funk. Didn't matter that nobody asked for funk. Pritch just brought it. And the band was never the same again. Pritch took the well-trodden path to rock-god status by pursuing a physics degree in his hometown of Toronto. After graduation he spent two years building computer models to describe the formation of glacial ice sheets and somehow convinced the University of California San Diego that they needed an expert on ice sheets. They bought it and he's been surfing ever since. In between surf breaks he builds computer models to couple meso-scale cloud formation processes to global climate models, he writes mad rhymes, he plays a sick keyboard and he brings a touch of class to the band. He's inspired by Herbie Hancock, RJD2, the Herbaliser, the Navier-Stokes Equation, madvillain/madlib/lord quas, Bill Evans, MCH4, James Brown, potential vorticity, giftofgab & Herve Salter from Blackalicious, Ollie McGill from Cat Empire, Stevie Wonder, isentropic coordinates, and the Shredder from TMNT.

James Traer Bass

The touch of class Pritch brings to the band... James spends everyday trying to counteract that. Not much of a fan of music, James plays in the band for the free beers and does his best to drown out his fellow band-mates with screams, growls and any noise he can extract from the battered and splintered bass that has accompanied him from the underground punk scene of Edinburgh, to the beaches of San Diego, via a brief stint with Cambridge based rock-band Hamfatter. He currently pursues a PhD at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (along with Pritch) studying the propagation of sound through the ocean and developing new algorithms for mapping the ocean and sub-ocean sediments from ambient noise. While he hates most of the bands you like, he does have a grudging appreciation for the storytelling of Tom Waits, the fire, skill and vision of Primus and Avishai Cohen, the audacity of the Beastie Boys and Frank Zappa, the showmanship of Prince, the grandeur of Sibelius, the irreverence of the Dead Kennedy's and the Presidents of the USA, the contraptions of Thomas Truax and the hypnotic quality of jingles from TV advertisements.

Mike Villemaire Lead guitar, Vocals

Every story needs a hero, and every band needs a great guitarist. This story and this band have Mike. More comic relief than a hero, Mike is fortunately an incredible ninja master of the six-string. A blackbelt in shredjitsu. Mike is so good this band couldn't contain him and he must front the progressive-epic-power-duo Ninja Love as they battle marine mammals on stage on a weekly basis. Possibly the greatest musical creation to come from the woods of Vermont, Mike would really r

Lyrics

Time for innocence

Written By: Dan Hammer

Step by step one after the other
Everyone I know, they come from a mother yeah
No matter the entrance you were given the world
So keep a forward eye while you’re stepping… boy and girl

There’s a time for love and a time for death
A time for fear when nothing makes no sense
A time for innocence
Well, step by step you keep your head
Everything comes and goes in the end
What will you make while you can

Do anything you want with no bother
Money comes and goes, this you’ll discover yeah
So follow a dream cause that’s the way of the world
Wealth it comes from loving… so give it a whirl now

There’s a time for love and a time for death
A time for fear when nothing makes no sense
A time for innocence
Well, step by step you keep your head
Everything comes and goes in the end
What will you make while you can
There’s a time for love and a time for death
A time for fear when nothing makes no sense
A time for innocence

Cabs Of Manhattan

Written By: Dan Hammer

The suns hidden as summer rains come again
The weather filling up the only well
Sitting, reflecting on what has come and gone
Living on the top of a mountain

When the matters we must confront
Break the back bone of
What we really want
Oh it’s only love
It’s only love

The streets are paved over what was lush
A piece of the puzzle, just one in a million
Sitting reflecting on what was built and lost
It’s unique as a cab of Manhattan

When the matters we must confront
Break the back bone of
What we really want
Oh it’s only love
Yeah it’s love
The matters that we confront
The matters that we confront

Change…
Don’t change for me
Don’t change for me
Don’t change for me

The suns hidden as summer rains come again
The weather filling up the only well
The streets are paved over what was lush
It’s unique as a cab of Manhattan

Empty Whiskey Bottle

Written By: Dan Hammer

My whiskey’s running dry
Reflection like a river in the spring time
Working back from the end is this reminiscence
And I’m trying, trying to remember
When our love died from our selfish pride

It’d been a trip around the sun since our last face to face discussion
We went to the bluffs by the ocean and our favorite restaurant
And creating, creating some dreamlike companion
But it looks like this dream will wait a while

Just Wait

Written By: Dan Hammer


Sweeping the floor, old skin going as we grow old
We know but do we act like we could go
I hope that we don’t. But death and taxes is certain for sure
The day you’re gone I’m dead inside of course

That’s when I know, that love calms every storm
Could it reverse the earth if that was needed too?
When you leave this world, take me won’t ya girl
Don’t run me over with that rogue

Take my hand and run with me my baby, my baby
Take my hand and run with me my baby, my baby yeah
I believe like, when the water’s falling down
It’s always gonna be you and me yeah
I believe like, when the water’s falling down
It’s always gonna be you and me

Staring through the pane, the pane of glass that’s stained
The colors red, blue, purple coming through the light
Bells they just rang, when you walked down through the crowd so proud
Now returning in a case you left this place

That’s when I know, that love puts peace in war
Could it reverse the earth if that was needed too?
When you leave this world, take me won’t ya girl
I won’t be long if you leave first

Take my hand and run with me my baby, my baby
Take my hand and run with me my baby, my baby yeah
I believe like, when the water’s falling down
It’s always gonna be you and me yeah
I believe like, when the water’s falling down
It’s always gonna be you and me yeah
I believe like, when the water’s falling down
It’s always gonna be you and me
I believe like, when the water’s falling down
It’s always gonna be you and me

Just wait, just wait
I’m leaving out my front door
Just wait, just wait
I’m leaving out my front door
Just wait, just wait
I’m leaving out my front door

Just wait, just wait
We’re leaving, leaving this world

River View

Written By: Dan Hammer

I took you away, away from the everyday world
We went to a place, a place that makes it hard to return
Oh and just endeavors to feast, to lay our heads down to sleep
And naked instincts, you take a seat on me staring down a narrow running sea

River view

So what does it mean, oh when the hours are moving so peacefully
Like this constant stream, that spears a mountain in two
It’s just me and you, a love that’s more true than true ever knew
And it’s only the truth that we take this for granted more than we should

River view

So take a little bit to take whole of it, surroundings overwhelming
You paint the pics I strum my six the breath of wind gentle as a whispering
So take a little bit to make the most of it the end seems always certain
You show a little bit arouse my every sense, together older growing

I took you away, away from the everyday world
We went to a place, a place that makes it so hard to return
It’s just me and you that will spear my heart in two
It’s only the truth that we take for granted more than we should

River View

Discography

"It's Guava Belly" - FEB 2009

(for CD quality versions please contact: contact@guavabelly.com)

***ALBUM INFO***

Mastered by Grammy winning Gavin Lurssen
http://lurssenmastering.com/

Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Jeff Berkley
http://www.berkleysound.com

Set List

Originals:

Ballad of Pete Klimik
BBQ Grease Water
Buena Vista
Cabs of Manhattan
Cashing out
Chumper Nickel Muffin
Empty Whiskey
Funk Jam
Human Destruction
Just Wait
Manatee
Overlook
People All Around
Road Trippin'
River View
Sidewalk
Somewhere in S.A.
That Settles It
Time for Innocence
Time Tells All
When Will I know
White Cake
Worlds Collide
You'll Never Know
Your Intent

Covers:

40oz. to freedom - Sublime
All along the watchtower - Bob Dylan
Character Zero - Phish
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Here we go - Dispatch
Ghost Buster's theme song
My Name is Jonas - Weezer
Nutshell - Alice in Chains
Owner of the World - Oysterhead
Peaches - The Presidents of the U.S.A.
Say it ain't so - Weezer
Stir it Up - Bob Marley
The Wall Part 2 - Pink Floyd
Thriller - Michael Jackson