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in 1999, frustrated with the conventions of hardcore punk, Kendon Smith struck out with the idea of creating a group which maintained his punk ethos, but explored the sonic spectrum of his interests, which were at the time largely dominated by atomic age retro pop, international pop, latin jazz, psychedelic soul, big band jazz and easy listening. It took 8 years of ebb and flow to finally begin in Oakland, CA with a skeleton crew of similarly inspired and skilled players. They have since ping ponged from club to club, gaining appreciation with each performance, a collision of "cool" and "square" to conjure new angles and contours in sound, not bogged down by the fads that their contemporaries long to emulate.
Over the years, there have been numerous line up changes with the constant being the songcraft of ghetto punk tranplanted to this Paris of The West that is SAN FRANCISCO, in homage to the freak flags, the and all those bards who answered the call-- AND THEN exploring the paths left by the likes of Qunicy Jones, John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith, Ennio Morricone, Burt Bacharch, Isaac Hayes, and filtering them through a 10 piece band replete with brass, reed and percussion and rhythm section. ornamented by the wiles of the feminine lead vocal, the gonzo siren interpreting the communiques dispatched from the soul of one Kendon Walker Smith.
A bit of thrift store elegance for the people...