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 STEFFEN CHIRAZI REVIEW...

 

      TASHA KAME...who knows how, or why, musicians find each other.  If there was rhyme and reason to that riddle of life, then everyone would be paired off with insufferably boring functional combinations and every last ounce of potential grey area collaboration would've been lost in the 'instant-fit.'

             So again, I have no idea how a London-based guitarist who embraces the spaces, squeezes the fret with fury and (and who hung with The Orb's Alex Patterson) found a bona-fide richly soul-soaked Garifuna-American singer with sass, fire and swagger who both found a tall cool lanky London 4-slinger with his rocker-psychobilly-pop hips bashing off his bass. I mean, yes, I can see how it might've happened, because it did happen...but on paper, the musical marriage of Kevin North, Kaylah Marin and John Brooder didn't especially make sense. As for Steven Fox, the original minimal-kit-maximum bash drummer who helped under-pin the sound as it came together, well, put it this way; Fox could have George Bush, Pol Pot and the Dali Lama for dinner with all of them having a blast.      So yeah yeah, Kev knew Jon from London, he'd met Kayla and got her involved in some recording too, and Kev, Jon and Fox had been together in a brilliant electronic-rooted act called Riots Of Boredom, but trust me, this was never a comfy cosy group who would've been friends without their obvious musical synergy. No.  What brought them together, as it does so many great bands, was the music.  And with Tasha Kame, it is ONLY about the music. It isn't about flash and bang, it isn't about unnecessary fills or parts, it isn't about anything other than that indelible line between your head and your hips, the one which forces them to move, the one which is informed by the heart. Tasha Kame's passion and depth lies in it's purity. They love what they do, they slide into it and wear it to the bone whether there's 10 or 1000 people watching, because for Tasha Kame it's something they need to do. I mean, North knows guitars. He really knows them. He's like one of those crazy 70s guys, he's like Peter Green and Paul Kossoff in a big fight with Eddie Cochran and Jimmy Page, and frankly, he's too old to arse about pretending to be one of those wanky 'guitar heroes', no, he just wants to peel the notes, feel the notes and live the notes with whoever else is interested. Kaylah has a voice which pretty much defies any feeble attempt I could conjure to describe it, needless to say I personally think Aretha Franklin would get a kick out of the smoke and soul in her lungs, and Brooder is driven by the rhythm, it feeds him, informs him and thus he wraps his bass warmly around it all. 
      Steve Fox moved on, an old friend always welcome, but in Mike McCoy ( a 20 year Bay Area blues-gospel drummer) and Bay Area sticksman Eric Nelson I'm sure Tasha Kame have found the right people to come in and flow with the vibe.

    They're honest and they're rich...they're rich and they're good...and Tasha Kame always invite you to get lost in the music with them, whether it be on their debut album (available on iTunes) or their live show.

   It's a pure escape created by pure people who are driven by a very simple need to play and record. That might sound pretty basic to you, but look around and think again. Because it isn't. The world is full of chancers and illusionists, bullshitters and liars, and worst of all, musicians who deep down don't actually give a shit. Tasha Kame do. You owe yourself a slice of their passion.

--Steffan Chirazi 2014

So What! editor (Metallica)



  

TK BLOG 2012


 HENRY HARDING REVIEW 

     Anyone lucky enough to have caught Tasha Kame on some of their recent Californian gigs will already be chomping at the bit for their new album, called simply ‘’Tasha Kame’’. (Derailed Records, www.derailed-records.com). With my freshly delivered pre-release copy already on loop I can tell you that it doesn’t disappoint. For those yet to see them, Tasha Kame is an Anglo American blend of two Englishmen (Ken North, Guitars/Mandolin, John Brooder, Bass/ harmonica, Vocals) and Americans (Kaylah Marin, sublime vocals, and Phat phoot Kings Mike Mc Coy and Eric Nelson, Drums). They are currently based in San Francisco and regularly work with artists and bands from around the world, such is their reputation both as a band and as individual musicians. Across the album, the band manages to weave effortlessly through an eclectic variety of blues and rock sounds without ever letting you forget that they forged their sound live. This album demands to be heard, so much so that one of the tracks is even called ‘‘Listen’’. Fortunately, listening is more than worthwhile. The beats are hard, the bass swinging, the subtle interplay of voice and guitar will leave some of us playing endless air guitar and warbling in the shower. Kaylah tells the stories of the songs with all the power and passion that the live fans have come to expect, ranging from deep down and dirty to screaming, wild, harmony. This is a loud album indeed. The blues influence is clear on this album. Hardly surprising with the bands pedigree but that’s far from the whole story. From the opener ‘’Twist The Knife’’ through to ‘’Safe House’’ at the end, you can feel the smoky bars far from anywhere and the dark streets outside. It’s an evocative album as well, you can almost smell the desert one time, a rain sodden grey street the next. Take the track ‘’Listen’’. It’s is a classic, I’m sure. It manages to suffuse a West Coast whimsy, then a brutal crunch, along with a lyric that builds to almost a scream of serenity. You can’t get much better than that. Starting from nothing and building to a sublime, sometimes raucous, sometimes sweet, finish is something Tasha Kame do well as ‘’Listen’’ will attest, but it’s not the only track. Mesmerized, a tune various members of the band have been playing with many years, is a good example of how the band hone their work. Spacious, dreamy and cool in between burst of pure, raw, animated rock, always with consummate musicianship, this is an album to play for many years to come. Then go see them live, it’s where they came from. Henry Harding Tasha Kame Fan Club Review.

-(AR REP Derailed Records UK)

 
Kaylah Marin


Kaylah Marin first began writing and performing as a child with her father, jazz saxophonist Philip Marin, who instilled in her a love of music and dance rich within her Central American (Garifuna) roots. Kaylah has worked with Narada Micheal Walden, Billboard Producer DJ's , The Perry Twins and producer Quinn Coleman, Josh Harris, Mike Rizzo, Rod Carrillo, and Tracy Young. Her single “Oh Baby Please” debuted at number 3 on the dance Billboard chart, maintaining the top ten spot for over a month. The singer also scored music for the award winning documentary “Texas Gold” and did the voiceover and score for “Just Children,” winner of four international film festival awards. www.kaylahmarin.com






 
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Kev North,
  Influenced by the British blues rock bands of the early 70`s and the later Punk explosion, Kev relocated from Luton via Lowestoft to London in the late 70's. It was playing around the London venues that his chops started to come. The birth of the punk goth experiment Temple Slang in the mid eighties with Ex Dormannu frontman Mike, Nick Burton Drums ( Westworld , Jah Wobble and The Orb } and Phil Aimes (Pleasure and The Beast and Voice Of The Beehive) put everything into a different gear and shaped Kev's guitar style. Later while playing in Flare-Up ( more straight on rock/rockabilly four piece) Kev met Jon Brooder who was enjoying success in a band called Lightning Strike. On moving to the US and recording with his electronic dance project Riots Of Boredom the seeds of Tasha Kame came together with the boy from Buffalo NY Steven Fox on drums and Jon Brooder dropping in to do bass overdubs. It was at this time Kev an Jon met Kaylah Marin.



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Mike McCoy
 Phat Phoot  has a unique style of playing which is powerful, solid and tasteful.

 Twenty years of solid experience playing both traditional and Contemporary gospel, touring with the likes of Sonny Rhodes, famous bay area blues legend.Mike's influences are Ricky Brown,Dennis Chambers,Steve Gadd,Chad Smith,Peter Erskin and Carter Beauford.



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John Brooder 
, broke his musical teeth at the tender age of 16 with richmond blues legends bobby trent and the blues assassin's were he dutifully provided his youthful thump to the veteran outfit. One fateful day at a recording session in the Elephant & Castle`s, Sunday School studios, the young Mr Brooder met two like minded youths by the names of David Earl & Eddie Auffray. Later they were to become Lightning Strike and with the help of Svengali style manager Kevin Daly proceeded too take the London scene by storm with their high octane brand of rap n roll.  From England they went Stateside to New York where they signed with RCA. An album was recorded and released on RCA, and so followed numerous tours. But after much adventure the band went their separate ways and Mr Brooder took to the high sea's and found himself in the San Francisco bay playing with The Music Lovers and sitting in on numerous projects one of these being the Riots of Boredom which included his old rocknroll cohort from the Lightning Strike days Kev North . They rekindled their friendship, and as the years and musical trends came and went they found themselves being drawn too the music of their past and beyond and so with the help of the always brilliant Kaylah Marin on vocals formed Tasha Kame. The rest has yet too be written..let us rock
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 Eric Nelson, born 1956 and raised in the Bay Area.  Began studying drums at the age of 12 under the instruction of Cuz Cousinu. Inspired by the great drumming of Steve Gadd, John Bonham, Jeff Pocaro, David Garibaldi, and many others. Eric has toured with the late Keith Allen, formerly with Steve Miller Band; Recorded with Sonoma County Bands, Filet-of-Soul, Osage, Maxx Hazzard, Phoenix Band, and Petaluma’s own EZ Kewl.







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