Joey Guevara: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Vocals | Joel Trout: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Zachary Wheeler: Bass guitar | Joshua Wheeler: Drums | Roy The Shaman: Percussion | Mark Monteith: undetermined | Shannon Bates: Saxophone | Chris Lea: Saxophone, Trumpet | Aaron Zylman: Trombone | Molly Rose: Performance art

Genre: Blues & Soul, Funk, Rock

Sound description: Soulful Afro-funk aural performance art.

RIYL: Scarlet Symphony, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Malo

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  • Blurt · April 12, 2007

Synoposis

Influences: Scarlet Symphony, the Dresden Dolls, Pink Floyd, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Frank Zappa, Santana, Fusion Orchestra, Fela Kuti, Antibalas, James Brown, the Talking Heads, Crash Worship, Malo

Background:

"You put ten personalities in one room, especially with more than one girl, and there's going to be some shit," says guitarist/keyboardist Joey Guevara, whose Afro-funk band ¡Society! includes go-go girls, dual percussionists with painted faces, dancers dressed in animal costumes, and twins on drums and bass (Josh and Zach Wheeler, of Scarlet Symphony, Glorfindel Trio).

"Having ten people is tough on space," he says, "but we still play the Tower and other smaller joints where there's just about enough room for us to do theatrical stuff with lights and projections, [and] our voodoo ceremonies."

Guevara says another challenge is getting everyone paid.

"We did a show at the Beauty Bar on a Wednesday, and we had at least 25 people show up to check us out. But [a bar employee] had his girlfriend taking attendance at the door, and she was doing a half-ass job of keeping track of who was there to see each band. So, after I took off to do another gig, Zach [Wheeler, bassist] went to collect our dough, and this dude tells him only 4 people were there to see us and gives him eight bucks. I mean, that's more insulting to a ten-piece band than just saying, 'Sorry, there should have been more promotion.'"

In 2011, Sasquatchian-born twins Josh and Zach Wheeler founded a two-piece dance-music project, Pal&Drome. The Wheelers make use of samplers, an electronic drum set, guitar, bass, synths, effects, and software to construct electronic dance music.

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