UZZA / Press

“Want to give yourself a nice surprise? Check this out. This unexpected gem from Minneapolis melodic rockers Uzza bristles with smart, tuneful '80s-tinged songs that deliver an expansive range of moods - driving, melodic, passionate, fearful, wistful, pensive, mournful, exultant by turns. Crisp, clear production showcases delicate filigrees of interwoven cyclic guitar patterns overlaid upon swooping, soaring keyboard lines and a solid rhythmic base. Above it all, vocalist Tabatha Predovich''s crystalline voice glides effortlessly, intoning paens to lost love, nightmare narratives, world-weary pleas, and the occasional strident declaration of independent strength. Often multi-tracked, Predovich sings in effortless harmony with herself, even as she slides between stylings that sometimes evoke Kate Bush and Siouxsie Sioux by turns while remaining thoroughly and singularly herself.”

“I think Uzza has one of the most original sounds in the local music scene that I have heard in the last few years. I feel like their sound takes the best elements of the past (i.e post-punk/glam rock) and combines it with modern rock. Last night's set I felt like I was taking a trip into '70s glam rock with a heavy dose of punk rock guitar riffs.”

“I then did a bit of research into the history of Uzza, and found that Tabatha’s story is something quite amazing in it’s own right. At a very young age, she was diagnosed with Kidney Disease, and then, a few years ago, was diagnosed with Cancer. She is a survivor who has stood strong in the face of a Kidney Transplant that her body rejected, giving her Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, as well as a bout of chemotherapy that led to all of her hair falling out. And while a lesser vocalist would fill every lyric on their bands’ debut album with stories of woe and self pity concerning these health problems, Predovich has instead written an album filled with brilliantly snarky lyrics that attack the very core of our consumerist society, while at the same time revealing truths about herself that, to me at least, are easy to relate to. The band’s sound is somewhere between an edgier Siouxsie and the Banshees mixed with a psychedelic, stoner rock ethos.”

“Named for Predovich’s psychotic little dog (herself named after an Egyption deity of murky origin), Uzza was the full flowering of the trio’s psychologically-dense, emotionally-tense essence. Augmented by a new rhythm section and a second vocalist, Uzza drew upon influences as disparate as Kurt Weill, Tom Waits, Rush, and Patti Smith to paint a sonic tapestry infused with loss, longing, rage, and hallucination. “Free Fall,” a later composition, paired a Weill-esque cabaret style musical backdrop to an alternately sneering and terror-stricken vocal narration about being in a car going over a waterfall, as well as some rather nasty intimations concerning rats. Older material such as “Raining Down Fire” was revamped and infused with new life, honed to a new level of subtlety and sharpness. ”

“On a warm Friday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I met with Tabatha at her home in Golden Valley. I first saw UZZA perform back in April at Ricochet Kitchen and was impressed by her commanding presence at the head of a six-piece outfit of male rock musicians with notably catchy guitar hooks and a tight rhythm section. As the focal point, she brings order and clarity to the chaos with her persona and her voice. Even off stage she embodies an element of the larger-than-life—over six feet tall and willowy, when she met me at the door of her suburban bungalow in a tank top and jeans and hugged me, I was struck with the notion that this is what it would be like to meet a modern-day Greek goddess for an afternoon chat at home. Amid energetic puppies and surrounded by surreal bric-a-brac that ranged from orange Christmas lights and witchy ornaments to framed portraits of gray aliens, we drank ice water and talked about music.”

“Predovich formed Radium to positive critical acclaim, but the first incarnation disbanded within a year of formation.”

“An introverted child, Predovich used writing as a way to express herself. When she was a teenager, her parents gave her opera lessons. Growing up, her tastes gravitated toward Lena Lovich, Kate Bush, Curve and Siouxie and the Banshees.”