So, we're mixing our album right now. We're hoping to have something ready in the next couple months. Boy, we can't wait to get this sucker finished! In the meantime, we've been working with Charles Sadler from Stellar Vector. He's been rehearsing with UZZA for the past few weeks developing keyboard parts for our current set as well as our new songs. We're going to be adding his parts to the existing recordings and inviting him to play some upcoming shows with us. In fact, it's looking like Charles might end up becoming the sixth member of our band – although he needs to pass the Skull & Bones-style initiation first. I won't go into detail, but it involves masks of recent presidents, a marble slab, and an effigy of a small child. You know, harmless fun!
All that aside, we're excited to be entering the next phase of UZZA – including a new lineup, new songs and new shows. Keep your eyes and ears open for us and look for the upcoming album: "Samsara". With nine songs swelling with dark, brooding intensity, it's sure to be the feel good hit of the summer. Until then, check out our Shows page for upcoming gigs. If you want to know anything else, drop us a line by visiting our Contact page. Cheers!
So our first year as a band is under our belt and, I must say, in that very short time we've managed to come quite a long way. Besides playing a ton of shows and meeting a bunch of cool people, UZZA has underwent a transformation; we've evolved from being a cautiously capable group of individuals into an audacious, single-minded ensemble. We blast through our sets like a force of nature - a sonic tsunami, if you will. We've bonded as a band and broke new ground as performers, taking more chances and having more fun. It's now, at the peak of our musical prowess, that we've begun recording our first album, comprised almost entirely of songs in our current set. We're recording at IPR studios in Minneapolis and helmed by our engineer David Stevens. Most of the tracks were recorded live in only a few takes with vocals and keyboards to be overdubbed later. While the performances aren't as meticulously executed as a Trevor Horn album, there is an energy to the rawness that more than makes up for it. Even in it's unrefined state it sounds as if we've captured lightning in a bottle. The hope is to have a finished product by May of 2010. In the meantime, the band is taking a brief hiatus from playing live to focus on writing new material. At this point we already have enough songs in the works for a second album! And, in true UZZA fashion, they boast a broad range of moods and musical styles that defy classification. We can't wait to play them for you. Unfortunately we'll all have to wait until next year for that to happen. Until then, check back here or our MySpace site for news and show updates. Alright, kids, see you in the spring!!
We have our last show for the year coming up on Saturday, December 19th at the BarFly Loft in Minneapolis. We'll once again be playing with All The Pretty Horses and Bella Koshka so, if you missed us the last time we played The Loft, here's your second chance! Although be sure to get there early because UZZA will be taking the stage around 8:00pm. Yes, 8:00pm. It's an early show - you know, for the kids! In addition to the aforementioned bands, we'll also be sharing the bill with local faves Pop, Inc. and headliners C/A/T. It's going to be a very full evening so be sure to chug some Red Bulls beforehand.
After this performance, UZZA will be taking a short hiatus to work on new material and finish recording tracks for an album due out next year. It's looking to be a collection of 8 or 9 songs, maybe more. Once we get a little further into it we'll provide some details. In the meantime, if you want to hear our band you'll have to come to the BarFly show on the 19th. Hope to see you there!