Monday, 26 January 2009

Mad Juana

Festa com Mad Juana!!!!!!!!!!!
The members of Mad Juana change hats so often – from old-world tarantella to international reggae to downtown NYC art rock to the Eastern European gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello– one finds it difficult to envision a place and time where they don’t fit. The band, led by NY Dolls bassist Sami Yaffa on acoustic guitar, counts instruments varied as tenor saxophone, accordion, violin, trumpet and congas in its 8 member lineup. Front-woman Karmen Guy’s always-on-edge voice evokes the gruff caterwaul of The Slit’s Ari Up with such sharp teeth it’s questionable whether she made a deal with the devil for it. Spiritually, the originator of the band’s name, comes from Patti Smith’s 1978 book “Babel,” ties its disparate threads together with an overarching theory of swagger, theatrics and rebelliousness. Mad Juana is a band created for a block party if there ever was one… by Andrew Frisicano/NYC Deli Magazine

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