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UBERBAND

RIO/Avant-Prog • United States


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Los Angeles-based rock combo UBERBAND (ÜBERBAND) were founded in 2001 by Ryan Thomas JOHNSON aka RyThoJo (voices, keyboards) and Dr. Mick MITCHUM (guitars). "Incorporating a mish-mash of punk aesthetic, instrumental virtuosity, and visual dadaism, they troubled the senses of California music fans for over a decade. Fans will hear the grandiosity of Queen mixed in with Zappa's musical density and weird whispers of Mr. Bungle, Ween, and Devo. The music is characterized by sharp stylistic turns from lounge jazz to death metal to funk, fetish for odd meter, and general desire to grab the listener's cajones until they plead for mercy", according to their mention. Made up of seasoned players from the Southern California rock scene, Uberband members have backed up the likes of Sia Furler, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kid Koala, and Angelo Moore. And in 2015 they have left the music scene with the final lineup including Sumit DAS (bass) and The Jewish FURY (drums), and only one live album "Live In Poland" released in 2009. Posthumously their studio creation "Hamstrapped" ep saw the light in 2016.

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Live in Poland by UberbandLive in Poland by Uberband
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Live in PolandLive in Poland
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Poland
2009

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Hamstrapped
2016

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 Live In Poland by UBERBAND album cover Live, 2009
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Live In Poland
Uberband RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars I don't think that this album has really been recorded in Poland. Before the postumous HARMSTRAPPED, it was the only official release of this Californian band. Compared to that, Live In Poland is more rocking and noisy but it maintain the ZAPPAesque feel for the whole record.

The humoristic vein permeates the whole album which in any case shows the high musical skills of the members. After the Intro, the first proper song "Fu*k, I'm RIchard Marx" reminds me to GonG for the signatures, but it's also punky in some heavier parts so that I also hear hints of GREEN JELLY...not so punk, really.

"The Net" reminds to the original English punk, like SEX PISTOLS, but it can remind to CARDIACS, too. I have to confess that even if I'm on a progressive website, I like the punk rock. It's funny how the first very sexually explicit song "Yellow Vulva" starts with a swing with the intermission of 50's pop. Another characteristic of this band: mixing various genres in the same song.. which in the final part touches metal, too.

"I Am an Attorney" is simply crazy. A hard rock song with a pop bluesy middle part. Those guys can really play every kind of music. Very enjoyable like all the album. In the final it quotes a famous disco song but I'm not an expert and I can't tell which one. It could even be Herbie Hancick, who knows?

"Heinz 57 and Cocaine" is another incredibly funny song touching a number of genres. Samba, metal, post-punk,80s pop...there's a bit of everything. Not easy to describe.

The following track is entitled "Sperm". It's a story about those little cells who "die in this receptacle". It's the longest song which features a very ZAPPAesque instrumental part.

"Ballad Of The Intergalactic Hitman Underwear Fetishist" is another song full of everything. How can a poor reviewer describe a song in which the singer goes from falsetto to growl? Again, it's exetremely weel played and arranged and even if the various parts can seems disconnected, each is verry good and in the end the song doesn't have changes happening suddenly, the transitions are smooth enough.

The closer is still in this vein, Another track scoring more than 7 minutes with a bit of everything inside. Following is a quote from its lyrics, just to give an idea:

"When I get a group of people together who have a similar desire to have their behavior altered by the chemical properties of alcohol, it soon becomes clear that we'll have fun together This fun includes moving and saying certain words, yes it does"

So I strongly suggest to pay a visit to bandcamp and download both this album and their postumous HARMSTRAPPED.

Enjoy

 Hamstrapped by UBERBAND album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.50 | 2 ratings

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Hamstrapped
Uberband RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Can I write an objective review of an album that for some strange reason I have loved since the first listen? It happened that reading the trakck titles of their "Live in Poland" I was expecting another of that noisy-punky-ish bands, but the first notes of "Oompapa" were enough to catch my attention. Odd tempo and a catchy melody spreading Zappa-esque humour and so many changes touching various genres, sometimes reminding of the GonG of Angel's Egg to come bacj to the initial riff, and all in less than 5 minutes.

So what comes after? A sort of dixieland song with a Broadway flavor suddenly changing into a 60s melodic song, suddenly changing into something else coming from the 80s, but everything extremely well played, because first of all this is a band of skilled instrumentists.

"Slowly"...continues in this parodistic vein. It could be the Platters meeting the Oasis...but before you can realize, you are listening to a slow samba, then back to the main theme. The fake Spanish of the second part is remarkable, just before entering a Crimsonian section which fades into the album's masterpiece.

"Salmon Boots" is incredibly fun, with the bluesy choir and the "Michael Jackson's like" lead vocals speaking of a pair of fish-stinking salmon boots. After some caughs the choir is replaced by instruments for a progressive part suddenly replaced by a swing jazz section. Note what bass and piano do before ending inti the follwing track.

"Horse" is funky, then easy jazz, then 60s psychedelia. Between Zappa and GonG, both for the composition and execution skills and for the crazyness. The guitar solo is nice and I have found myself thinking that a wah-wah on it would have been perfect. But there's more. I don't know how the follwing part can be described, but it return to the easy jazz to later get into a kind of spiritual. They put so much in a single song that if expanded they could have released a triple album.

Finally "5$", which is also what I have paid for the Bandcamp download. A proper 70s rock song reminding of bands like Who or early Led Zeppelin with an excellent rock instrumental part where the guitar has more space than in the other tracks.

In all the tracks the vocals deserve to be mentioned, too.

It's a pity that after this EP Uberband have disbanded. This is my "discovery" of 2016. Few days ago I was playing "Oompapa" in my car, from a smartphone connected to the car audio "aux". My wife took the phone off and threw it to the rear seats. It's a sign that it's good.

4 octopus stars.

 Hamstrapped by UBERBAND album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.50 | 2 ratings

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Hamstrapped
Uberband RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

3 stars This album is flooded with remarkable energetic opacity even under their "close-to-the-edge (disbandment)" circumstance. Me. Bungle- ish cynical, a bit nasty, but simultaneously somehow comfortable atmosphere can be felt via their magnificent play, extreme melody line, eccentric rhythm, and crazy funky voices.

The first track "Oompapa", especially, grabs our ears and brain fully with such a meaningless phrase and catchy melodic core. And quite amazing they keep crooked positive phase for every avantgarde freak amongst a bunch of acceptable elements. The following "Layabout" reminds me of some antipop combos who push fake pop immigrants filched somewhere in the pop / rock scene. "Slowly" attaches itself and themselves to us Japanese, filled with sticky "Enka-ish" texture but don't get deceived.

They eccentrically groove and approve upon every track. For example, "Horse" drenched in danceable vibes and beats sounds like a Japanese festival dance Awaodori, enough with their interpretation for happiness or luckiness ... fine for the audience to touch a fantastic moment (half an hour) that was created just before their disbandment (and released posthumously) ... what a pity, but a gem.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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