Aug 16, 2011

Rupa & The April Fishes

"Coming from the land of earthquakes, social movements, social networking, peace-lovers and global corporate conglomerates, Rupa & the April Fishes embody the pluralistic and paradoxical sounds of the San Francisco Bay Area. The band came together in 2006, in the Mission District, a place of intersection where original dwellers, the Yelamu Indians, lived for 2000 years before the arrival of Spanish missionaries, followed by old San Francisco Irish families mashed up with relatively newer Latino, African American, Asian and Pacific Islander communities and the most recent group---the children of the middle and upper middle class, mostly white hipsters." Official Website

I think this band is the most significant finding I made this year. No offense to Dex Romweber though, it's just their sound is so much different than the stuff I used to hear. The band closest to this I'd heard are Gogol Bordello and Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos. I dont know how to exactly describe their sound; they got that exotic latin vibe with some gypsy sound and jazz and cabaret and tango...and I just notice how fucking sexy a song sung in French is. Note to self-need to dig more latin & french band.

 The star of the band is definitely bandleader Dr Rupa Marya. Thats not a fucking typo, she is a doctor ( a physician) slash musician. And she could sing in English, French and Spanish. Yea, she made all the normal people feel like a fucking sloth alright.

- An article about Rupa Marya(Physician by day, Musician by night)-

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