Sunday, April 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

San Kazakgascar headlines Davis Music Festival Revisted on Friday

By
From page A7 | December 13, 2012 | Leave Comment

In a local music scene crowded with rock, bluegrass and folk, the mighty San Kazakgascar stands out. Like an oasis in the middle of a barren desert, San Kazakgascar quenches your thirst for Middle Eastern psychedelia.

San Kazakgascar will perform at the second Davis Music Festival Revisited, along with Yellow Jacket Motel and Art Lessing and the Flower Vato. The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the International Bistro, 213 E St. in Davis. Tickets are $5 at the door. This show is open to all ages.

According to the band’s bio, San Kazakgascar is “a beautiful country with beautiful people. Its origins are a blend of Byzantine/Eurasian civilizations and 18th century colonialism. After much turmoil in the 20th century, the people of Kazakgascar feel they’re getting a fresh start with the end of the third World War.”

“We kind of stole the idea of a pretend nation from the ‘80s band Savage Republic,” front man Jed Brewer said in a recent interview. “They had some Middle Eastern influences but had a more punk and industrial sound.”

San Kazakgascar mixes Middle Eastern sounds with psychedelic rock and art rock vocals.

“At this point it’s difficult to come up with an original band name, so we used a made-up word,” Brewer explained. “The idea of having a fake country, you can play around with what it supposedly is. It served as a foundation for the music and lyrics.”

The band consists of Jed Brewer (guitar and vocals), John Cypher (violin), Greg Hain (bass and vocals), Paul Takushi (percussion) and Mike Woo (clarinet, vocals).

“We’re mostly a Sacramento band but our drummer lives in Davis, and we all went to UCD at one point or another,” Brewer said. “This is Mike’s first rock band. He was in the Cal Aggie Band. The rest of us have been in bands for decades.

“Three of us had another band called Cardena Straits, which was more of a psychedelic, Americana sound. After doing three albums, we felt it had run its course.”

Brewer had the idea for San Kazakgascar kicking around for a while before he gave it a go in 2007.

“The whole idea was to do something that would excite us. None of us are trained in world music per se,” he said.

The band recently released the “Drought Times” EP, which it recorded last summer at bassist Greg Hain’s house. Listen to the full EP at sanskazakgascarsolo.bandcamp.com.

The infectious opener “The Switchbacks are Crumbling” brings to mind mystic journeymen on camel back. “Crispy Lords” is another ear worm that burrows in your skull as Brewer sings “turning into drones.”

“It’s about people turning into robots and doing what you want them to,” he said.

Surprisingly, the sitar sound in the music is not a sitar at all. “It’s a guitar made by Dan from Art Lessing,” Brewer said. “It’s made from a gourd. He set up the strings with a wooden bridge so it gets that droney, sustained sound. He built a variation of that for himself, and then built me one. I used it on the new songs.”

What can the Davis audience expect?

“We’ll play new and older songs,” Brewer said. “Most of the songs from the EP we’ve been playing live for a year or two. We spread it around. Some of our songs sound good recorded but aren’t as exciting live, so we stick to the ones that excite.”

Because of their day jobs, the band does not get to tour much.

“Mike and I are teachers,” Brewer said. “We’ve done a few out-of-town shows, as far south as L.A and north of Washington. We play the Bay Area once in a while, but for the most part we play the Davis/Sacramento area.”

The band plans on keeping the sounds of San Kazakgascar alive for years to come.

“We’re all in our 40s and above, and we all have careers, but this is our outlet,” Brewer said. “We’re all music scene lifers. We’ve all played in bands for years and want to keep doing it.”

— Reach Landon Christensen at landonissuch@hotmail.com

Landon Christensen

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    UCD admits record number; 4,284 from abroad

    By Cory Golden | From Page: A1

     
    Hub of activity: DHS newspaper keeps evolving

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    A springtime ritual

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Tom Adams seeks Davis school board seat

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1

    Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Tour renovated YCCC facility Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Tour Davis Waldorf School on Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    The fifth annual Tour de Cluck is soon to be hatched

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Ortiz lawn signs available

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sign up soon for spring cooking classes

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Robb Davis team to rally on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Steadfast in their support

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Yolo Hospice offers free grief workshops

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Sign up for Camp Kesem caterpillar crawl

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Quilters gear up for annual show

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A4

    League hosts a series of candidate forums

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    KDVS launches fund drive on Monday

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

    Calling all Scrabble fans

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Hub webpage is seeing traffic increasing

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A8

    Lescroart welcomes all to book-launch party

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A16 | Gallery

     
    DEVO set to serve up 14th annual Winkler Dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16 | Gallery

    Learn Chinese crafts at I-House

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A16

     
    Preschool open house set at Davis Waldorf

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

    Birch Lane celebrates its 50th anniversary

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

     
    Hotel/conference center info meeting set

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

    .

    Forum

    Take ownership of your health

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    Keep your baby safe

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Reliving the agony and ecstasy of spring

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

     
    Road diet? No, city diet!

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 2 Comments

     
    We’re reveling in our equality

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

    Vote no; it’s fiscally responsible

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

     
    Rick McKee cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

     
    Core values on campus

    By Our View | From Page: A12

     
    Bill is an affront to UC Davis ag biotech and local farmers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13

    Don’t want to sit in Fix 50 traffic? Consider alternatives

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

     
    .

    Sports

     
    UCD softball shut out by Santa Barbara

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Aggie men shoot 9-under, lead own tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Stars shine in Woody Wilson Classic

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devils burn up the track

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    UCD roundup: Aggie baseball swept away by Highlanders

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    A’s score 3 in ninth, rally past Astros 4-3

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Yolo Federal Credit Union gets WISH funds

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    PG&E pays taxes, fees to county, cities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

    Will Davis get an Old Soul?

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9

     
    Pediatricians, nurse practitioner hired at Woodland Healthcare

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed U.S. earnings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    Davis Roots will showcase its graduating startups

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14

    University Honda wins another President’s Award

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

     
    Dutch Bros. raises $19,000 for girl with leukemia

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, April 20, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8