King Wasabi

King Wasabi


King Wasabi promise you the white knuckled ride of your life enflamed with wild tales of mental black magic set against a musical backdrop of polka, swing, klezmer, and surreal soundtracks for the imagination. A musical adventure guaranteed to change your body chemistry.


The story thus far… KING WASABI

Existential hi-jinx and surreal soundtracks for the imagination.

King Wasabi was formed by Perth singer/songwriter/drummer, Hugh Veldon aka Martin Moon. The band released the debut CD/EP “Man and his Cymbals” to critical acclaim in 1998 and was chosen by the Editor of Xpress Magazine in Perth as CD release of the year. The CD launch featured an 11pce band which included a string quartet. A host of musicians from the art, indie, rock, and jazz scenes have collaborated and recorded with King Wasabi.

In 1999/2000, Hugh Veldon performed solo in London and Paris. In 2001 he returned to Perth, reformed King Wasabi, and released an album entitled “When Sharks Smell Love” again to critical acclaim and played on Triple JJJ, Triple RRR, RTRFM, PBSFM, and ABC Radio National.

In 2002, King Wasabi supported the likes of David Byrne, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Sodastream. In 2004 King Wasabi played the Perth International Arts Festival with French artist Francoiz Breut and in November of that year supported Sydneysiders Karma County.

The band started 2005 playing with festival favourites Doch Gypsy Orchestra from Brisbane. In October King Wasabi performed as part of The Totally Huge New Music Festival 2005. In February 2006 King Wasabi performed with The Antonio Forcione Quartet at the Perth International Arts Festival.

A new album “Like a Monkey’s Wedding” was launched and released in August 2008 and received extensive airplay on RTRFM, Radio Fremantle 107.9FM and ABC Radio National.

In October two songs from the new album were nominated in the Mixed Bag category for the WAM Song of the Year 2008. In December King Wasabi performed at Crossmass 2008 at Kulcha in Fremantle.

In February 2011 King Wasabi performed in the world famous Spiegeltent as part of the opening party celebrations for Fringe World in Perth WA. In September the band returned to the stage for the Sundays @ Subiaco Concert Series.

As of October 2011 King Wasabi is recording a new album.

Expressionistic cabaret, cinematic backdrops, and torched folk songs.


Man and his cymbals CD EP 1998

When sharks smell love CD 2001

Like a Monkeys Wedding CD 2007

New album being recorded in 2011...