Wubakia

Wubakia

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Wubakia is a experimental psychedelic fusion band. We draw from several different musical styles, combining amusing lyrics and catchy melodies with progressive instrumental composition and improvisational jams to create a dynamic repertoire of original and cover songs.

Biography

When no other name fits, invent one... and make it fun to say.

Defined as the inverse of deja-vu, this experimental psychedelic fusion band's name conveys how you'll feel at one of their shows. You're doing something familiar yet somehow, it's completely fresh, like the first time - that's wubakia.

Fans who've witnessed this quartet interweaving Balinese Kecak chants into Isaac Hayes' Shaft or hauling a Hammond organ into a eucalyptus forest for a Pranksters-style test (complete with coordinated multi-layered video projection) will attest that this group lives up to its name.

Wubakia features four musician/vocalists: Larry LeBron on drums, Adam Schwartz on guitar, Maitland Vaughn-Turner wielding the bass, and Kris Yunker on an array of keyboards. These players bring to the stage a passion for experimentation and a diverse set of influences, ranging from Yes and Pink Floyd to Britney Spears and Sun Ra. This adds up to a widely varied catalog of songs and a live experience that's constantly pushing new ground.

On a given night, they'll share a soulful Grapefruit Sunset, laden with dynamic improvisation, and segue smoothly into a retro-funky rendition of the Sesame Street Pinball Number Count. The jam will resolve into the anomalous Traci Malone, in which listeners are submerged on a sonic journey to probe surreal watery depths. This all transpires without a pause in the sound, as the crowd dances in a fervor and the musicians' smiles grow. Everyone in the venue knows things won't unfold in quite this way again.

Wubakia has been thriving in the Santa Cruz scene for nearly two years, captivating crowds at Moe's Alley, the Catalyst and Don Quixote's. Now, they're actively embracing more listeners and locales, so keep an ear out.

If today's feeling new in an uncanny way, they're nearby.

Discography

Wubakia is in the process of recording our first full length studio album. We have various tracks recorded in our home studio that are currently streaming on our myspace page.

Set List

Our typical set is about an hour and a half long, comprised of 90% originals and 10% covers. This is about 10 songs, which are frequently interconnected by segues.

Some of our covers:

-In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (Allman Bros)
-Punch You in the Eye (Phish) -Late in the Evening (Paul Simon)
-Shaft theme song
-Help on the Way/Slipknot (The Grateful Dead)
-Sesame Street Pinball Count
-Almost Cut My Hair (Crosby Stills and Nash)

Some Originals:

Dr Benway
Tracy Malone
Lovely Pipers (Vaughan-Turner)

Iambic Primate (LeBron/Zukowski)

Grapefruit Sunset
Pigpen
Another Trip Around the Sun
Looks Like Rain
Lost Beer
One Tear
Talking to the Sky
Back Door (Schwartz)