The Ginger Ninjas

The Ginger Ninjas

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These extreme eco-adventure hedonists live what they play every day: mind shaking love groove folk funk roots rock explosive international pedal powered mountain music for a pleasant revolution. Wanna know how that feels? Then catch them if you can...

Biography

In 2007, the Ginger Ninjas became the first band in the history of rock and roll to tour by bicycle, unsupported by automobile. On a 5000 mile odyssey from their home in Northern California to the pyramids of Southern Mexico, they promoted transportation cycling while also exploring the frontiers of pedal-generated electricity, using their own bikes to power a hyper-efficient sound system. The audience took turns getting on stage to pedal the bikes to make the sound, taking crowd participation to a new level. Originally conceived as a one-time adventure/statement/experiment, the band became addicted to low impact touring, and now has its sights set on a world tour.

"Before the Mexico tour, I honestly didn't know if what we were setting out to do was even physically possible," says front man Kipchoge Spencer. "A couple of months in, we realized that it wasn't just possible, but there was something easy about the rhythm of it (despite the grueling uphills with 200 pound bikes), and the next logical thought was, 'let's tour the world this way.'"

The Ginger Ninjas' mobile human-power stage is the first of its kind in history. Coupling super efficient digital amplifiers, lightweight components, and generators attached to working bicycles (as opposed to purpose-built stationary bikes), the system allows a band to play off-grid anywhere, wall outlet or no, and to also carry the system to a gig on the same bicycles (Xtracyclesport utility bicycles, a company started by Spencer). This enables a new kind of completely self-sufficient bicycle touring, sans automobile support. On the band's most recent tour, the system and touring style enabled them to avoid generating close to 60,000 pounds of CO2, or 95% of what a similar sized band creates in a similar tour.

They call their style "mind shaking love groove folk funk roots rock explosive international pedal powered mountain music for a pleasant revolution."

An award-winning feature film of the first tour—"The Ginger Ninjas Ride Mexico"— is currently touring the festival circuit.

Shows, tours, press:

Opened for:
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Michelle Shocked
Leftover Salmon

TV Coverage:
-Band’s bicycle lifestyle was featured in 6 episodes of an MTV show

Past Performances at:
Wirikuta (Mexico)
Tsziget (Hungary)
Vive Latino (Mexico)
Rock for People (Czech Republic)
Gaia Festival
Trinity Tribal Stomp
Fusion Festival (Germany)
Harmony Festival
Annual Bicycle Music Festival
Oregon Country Fair
Whole Earth Festival
Headliner at Girdwood Forest Festival
Dancing Dragons
Interbike
Outdoor Retailer
Greenfest
Natural Products Expo
Headliner of Clif Bar 2-Mile Challenge Tour 2007;
6 dates on New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat;

Coverage by every major Mexican newspaper and TV network (see samples in press section)

Tours in: California, Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Guatemala, Europe, Canada

Lyrics

How Much (spoken word)

Written By: Kipchoge Spencer

How much?

How much
How much do I care
About Peace?

Do I care
Enough about Peace
To ride
My bike to work
To not say, "It's too far"
And instead,
Just move closer?

And quit when I get there
Say enough is enough is
Enough
I will not work for the Man
Anymore

Do I care
Enough About Peace
To ride and ride and ride
Cleaning my mind
Until I find
A real job
Working for everywhere, everyone,
Everything
Else in the world?

Not real like 9 to 5
Real like keeps me alive
Not real like Peter Jennings
Real like Amy Goodman
Not real like "Somebody's gotta do it"
Real like Earth Island Institute
Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty
International, Global Exchange
South Yuba River Citizens League
Real like if I don't do it
Who the hell will?

Do I care
Enough about Peace
To admit
That all inactions are actions
And all actions are votes
Not voting
Is Voting

To vote
With my mouth
With my conscience and wallet
And my ballot while I'm at it?

To Buy
All organic
All the time, always
From sheets to roses to
Underwear to sprouts?

To cause
A commotion at Safeway, say
Let me know when you make the transition
And I might reconsider my decision
To never shop here again

To dig up
My chemically dependent
Heavy drinking lawn and
Replace it for good
With a permaculture garden
To share
With my neighborhood

To UPS
Forty pounds of corn
And 5000 gallons of water
To my refugee pen pal in Rwanda
Every day for a year
Before eating one more mouthful of
Chicken, pig, or cow?

To build my house out of straw
Make it small
Fill it with compact fluorescents
Superinsulate the water heater
Make certain
Every splinter of wood is
J. Butterfly Certified?

And once I've built it
To stay home
To not fly
To forsake air travel
And its suicidal tendency
To heat
Up the planet, its
Insatiable greed
For being there and
Here, on the very same day
And Fuck those little plastic cups
Anyway

To let
My fingers
Do the walking
Right out the door of
The businessasusual yellowpages
And into the National Green Pages
Every time the American in me
Can no longer resist
The urge
To consume

Do I care
Enough about Peace
To de-cumulate?
To sell half,
Of my shit,
Then give half of what's left away
Today? Except for the television
Much like a landmine
Must be destroyed
Before maiming the mind
Of one more little boy

To have
Just one child

To adopt
Between one and eighty eight
And to meditate
On the origins of
Impatience, anger and hate
So that I may never yell
At any of them
Or anyone else I love
Or don't yet love

To spend
As much time with them
As I do sending
Interoffice email
At my job
Real, or not

To remember
That the truth has been found
I can't buy from Exxon
Without Prince William Sound
I can't buy from Chevron
Without hired helicopters
Gunning Ogoni to the ground
Not from Shell and that little thing
With Ken Saro Wiwa
Not from the Unocals
And their Ivy League Pals
Shilling on Niteline
Promoting the new
Uzbeki, Afghani,
Osama bin Pipeline

And therefore,
To commit
To a reduction
In internal combustion?

To drink
And drink and drink
Burning gasoline
Until I feel fiery compassion
For the eternal sufferers of my
Infernal dedication
To internal combustion?
Infernal internal eternal
Combustion

To admit
I'm addicted
To my automobile
My own two little
Axles of Evil?

I keep finding myself
Back at the pump
With every finger
On the trigger

And I know in that moment that
They is me
I am them
Pushed and sucked and pumped
Through a dirty oil
Filter

Do I care enough about Peace
To sell
My car?

To hitchhike
But refuse to ride
In any S.U. V-8 commuter?
Range Rover, Range Rover
Send our black soldiers
Right over
Jesus Chrysler, Honda Krishna
I keep finding myself
Back at the outlet
Ready to plug something else in
Or check something else out

Do I care
Enough about Peace
To clothes
The Gap or at least
Stand in front of The Gap
With a picket?

To never
Set foot in
Wal-mart K-mart Ware-mart
Bi-mart Petsmart Star-mart or
Star-bucks again?
How 'bout Home Depot?

To stop
Buying clothes made of oil
Sewn by 8-year-olds in dark factories on
The other side of the planet
Sold in stores built on wetlands
Farmlands, once quiet lands
So-far-from-where-you-live lands
So hemmed in by asphalt big
Trucks broken glass and
Mufflers so underserved
By public transportation that
Driving there seems like the
Only reasonable way
To get there
But which are too cheap
To pass up?

Do I care enough
About Peace
To stop
Buying those clothes
To shop instead at thrift stores
To buy organic cotton hemp recycled
Clothes made by people I know who
Live on my street?

To acknowledge
That peace is, redwood trees standing
Peace is, worldwide family planning
Peace is, organic peach canning
Peace is, Alice Walker in the Oval Office
Sitt

Discography

Horse Creek 1999
Don't Call Me Kip 2001
Vitamin L 2002
Where the Rubber Meets the Road 2004
Codetalker 2004
Dick Cheney (single) 2004
The Pleasant Revolution EP 2007
Golden Bubble 2010

Set List

The Ninjas can play as long as you want us to. Generally we play 1-2 hour sets.