KAVA and Tricky Ol Puss – Music and Magic in California

KAVA will be teaming up with magician Tricky Ol Puss once again for a short run in California this month. April 21 at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor in Reno and April 22 at The Stork Club in Oakland. See the gigs calendar for more info.
KAVA Improv Jam – Chicago Basement Retreat

KAVA Improv Jam – Chicago Basement Retreat

  Animal Collective was scheduled to play in Chicago this past March but the show was cancelled and rescheduled. The members of KAVA decided to make the most of the night and spent the next 12 hours rehearsing, improvising and recording. This track was recorded with one room mic, is totally un-edited and just a little EQ added. Enjoy. More to come....
Indie Band Guru

Indie Band Guru

Kava – Mind Melting Music From Chicago Psychedelic Veterans  I will never be a big fan of cover bands.  Granted the mainstream masses love to go to a bar and drink while a band plays the same tired hits that they have been hearing on the radio for years.  Respect goes out to the bands that try to make the songs their own with different arrangements and textures but talented musicians should strive to write their own material and share that with audiences.  Our latest find Kava, started as a cover band but has now made the turn to innovative music of their own. The Chicago threesome originally met while forming AfroZep, a national touring act that fuses African influences into Led Zeppelin covers.  The chemistry was there immediately and the men knew there was more music inside of them.  They took a weekend trip to a secluded cabin together to experiment with new sounds.  The result was 20 hours of recordings and a new band being formed that has come to be known as Kava. After numerous shows (often completely improvised) and a few studio EPs, this past summer Kava released their first full length album entitled Shikaakwa.  The seven track record explores some odd time signatures, evil grooves, and mind melting drones.  The opener “Keep It Alive” begins with a sound I find hard to explain other than comparing it to Alien speak.  It quickly evolves into a full on progressive rock song with elements taken from all over the musical map.  This makes for a good introduction to what the listener is about to experience.  The trippy “While...
Noise Shaft

Noise Shaft

KAVA – Shikaakwa review Year : 2013 Genre : Doom Metal, Psychedelic Rock Origin : United States Official site : > – here – < KAVA brings you the music that fills responsible dads with the relentless urge to hide their daughters in the closet with earplugs attached to their appropriate orifices. This is a take on doom metal that definitely comes from the blackened heart, with an uncompromising determination to offer only such elements of doom eloquence that assume you to be a competent and exigent partner in the music deciphering process. The complexity and compositional/structural base is delightful per installments throughout, while the most prominent directive of what makes doom truly harvest your dopamine levels, is communicated with a pretty much masterful understanding of the involved productional rhetorics. The album is not particularly heavy sounding, – and thank God & Satan for that! – and this, in fact, is the reason why Black Sabbath is so timeless, too. It is not the sound that needs to be heavy, but the “mere” meaning of the sound. You can’t substitute the meaning with weight, and, once your meaning is there, everyone will relate to it, you don’t need to over-emphasize. OR not always. KAVA understands this connotation, and exhibits its craft accordingly. The music either dooms about with majestic promise of the imminent soulcrush, or, it gets deceitfully spaced out in an almost transcendental fashion, giving you apt opportunity to reflect on the sight the tinkering of decay so willingly offers. “So ecstatically pleasing decay”, the Meshuggahs would say. Read on to know more about this spin. The album offers some...
Review: JamSphere

Review: JamSphere

KAVA: “Shikaakwa” Haunting Rock Music That Is Simply Intoxicating! by Rick Jamm on DECEMBER 6, 2013 in REVIEWS Vote The Artist Rating: 5.0/5 (7 votes cast) KAVA does what comes natural to three Chicago music veterans when writing, rehearsing and performing together. Ryan Behling (bass/vox), Wilson (guitar) and Marshall Greenhouse (percussion/electronics) first met while forming AfroZep, a national touring act that fuses African influences into Led Zeppelin covers. The trio clicked from the start. It quickly became obvious that it was time to move away from strictly arranging together and start writing original music. So they packed their cars with as many instruments as they could fit and headed far out of the city where they locked themselves up in a cabin for the weekend and experimented. The result was about 20 hours of recordings that included tightly composed odd time grooves in the vein of The Mars Volta, to 15+ minute minimalist jams which featured drones supplied by the Juno and Kaossilators. KAVA has since continued to hold retreats, toured the country, performed local shows (often fully improvised), recorded 2 studio EPs plus an experimental improvised EP and in the summer of 2013 released their first full length album entitled Shikaakwa. Every now and again a band capable of not just capturing the spirit of a bygone era but portraying it with uncanny authenticity and accuracy arrives, and in an era where music lovers seem increasingly ravenous for psychedelic-inflected, stoner rock, Chicago’s KAVA are precisely that act. Shikaakwa is just a phenomenal album. I have not heard any contemporary record that so strongly fits the 60′s psychedelic rock vibe, yet perfectly represents modern rock. That said, this recording sounds like it was transplanted from that era – in tone at least....