Kubla Kats


Vocalist, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Violin, Keyboard, Piano, Other, Vocalist - Alto, Cello, Electronic Music.


A brand new band, currently a power trio, based on original songwriting of myself- Julian, a keyboardist and vocalist and veteran of many jazz, rock, metal, hip hop and experimental bands. Sound textures, intriguing melodies, unpredictable chord changes, interesting lyrics and tight rhythms. Katie on drums, Todd on bass: all open-minded musicians with a lot of varied musical interests and experience. We are in the process of stage-testing new material so the band sound can strengthen before making a bigger push for gigs and recording, but that will come. The material right now is varied, very loose and jazzy but with more of an alternative funk-soul influence, also a lot of theatricality, lefty political polemics, playing wacky characters on stage, and so on. I'd like to develop the sound in a tight, more hard funk/dark rock (bigger/louder/tighter) direction and eventually incorporate more synths, beats and electronic/analog synth textures.
I like us as a trio, although down the line I sometimes think about adding a female vocalist who's also a versatile instrumentalist (guitar, second keyboard/synthesizers, or amplified violin or cello) to add more sonic possibilities as well as to alternate lead vocals and some vocal harmonies. It'd have to be the right person though, someone who doesn't really fit an obvious type or mold and isn't interested in sounding like anyone except her/himself.
Being real: preferably herself. I like a good balance between boys and girls in the decision making process and let's face it, there's too many bro-type dudes in this business already.
If you're interested in original sounds and being undefinable, though, feel free to contact me.
We may be on a hiatus soon to work on new compositions, recordings, and building synth textures. This could be a good time to workshop some new ideas with new creative individuals, as well.

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Aug 07 2016
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Years together:
Gigs played:
Under 10
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
20 years


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Members Of Band

Julian: vocals, keyboards, synths, percussion, composition
Katie: drums, percussion, keyboards
Todd: basses, guitars, samplers