Estradasphere performing in 2007.
|Origin||Santa Cruz, California, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA (now)
|Associated acts||Secret Chiefs 3
God of Shamisen
Orange Tulip Conspiracy
|Past members||Band members|
Estradasphere was an experimental band that originated in Santa Cruz, California during the late 1990s. The band, which in its last incarnation was based in Seattle, consisted of 6 multi-instrumentalists from a variety of musical backgrounds trained in disciplines ranging from classical music and jazz to heavy metal.
The band is on a "permanent hiatus" since 2010.
Estradasphere were influenced by many different artists from many different subgenres, such as jazz, funk, techno, classical music, pop, heavy metal, New Age, Latin, Balkan, Greek and gypsy. They were influenced by artists such as The Beach Boys and Secret Chiefs 3, and have been compared to Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa and John Zorn. Similarly to Mr. Bungle and Secret Chiefs 3, the band mixes several genres in its songs. The band was a self-proclaimed inventor of bizarre genres such as "Bulgarian Surf", "Romanian Gypsy-Metal", and "Spaghetti Eastern" and sounded like "Psychedelic-Sci-fi", "Gypsy-Metal-Jazz" and "Epic-Cinema-Thon", according to its MySpace.
According to www.estradasphere.com:
- Tim Smolens - standup bass, electric bass, vocals, audio production/engineering
- Timb Harris - violin, trumpet, mandolin, guitar, vocals
- Jason Schimmel - guitar, keyboards, banjo, vocals
- Lee Smith - drums
- Kevin Kmetz - tsugaru shamisen, guitar, keyboards
- Adam Stacey - accordion, keyboards, vocals
|It's Understood (LP)||June 26, 2000||Mimicry|
|These are the Days (VHS)||2000|
|The Silent Elk of Yesterday (EP)||September 18, 2001||Mimicry|
|Buck Fever (LP)||2001||Mimicry|
|Quadropus (LP)||October 28, 2003||Mimicry|
|Passion for Life (LP/DVD)||March 9, 2004||Mimicry|
|These are the Days (DVD Reissue)||October 3, 2005|
|Palace of Mirrors (LP)||September 19, 2006||The End|
|Palace of Mirrors - Live (DVD)||2007||The End|
|The Pegasus Vault EP (EP)||February, 2008||Lobefood|
- "Estradasphere's website". Retrieved 2007-07-21. "Estradasphere is a band of multi-instrumentalists from an unlikely variety of musical backgrounds. Timb Harris (violin/trumpet), Jason Schimmel (guitar/banjo/keyboards/vocals), Tim Smolens (upright and electric bass/vocals), Kevin Kmetz (Tsugaru Shamisen/guitar/keyboards), Adam Stacey (accordion/keyboards/clavinet), and Lee Smith (drums/percussion) were trained in disciplines ranging from classical and jazz to metal. This diverse instrumental and stylistic palette enables them to execute a vast array of orchestrations and even forge entirely new genres such as "Bulgarian Surf," "Romanian Gypsy-Metal," and "Spaghetti Eastern.""
- Live show review of Amanda Palmer with Estradasphere @ 608 Club in Ballard by Three Imaginary Girls
- Estradasphere touring with Amanda Palmer
- "Estradasphere's Facebook". Retrieved 2011-08-03.
- "Estradasphere's MySpace". Retrieved 2007-07-21. "Estradasphere is a band trained in disciplines ranging from classical and jazz to metal."
- "Biography @ Allmusic". Retrieved 2007-07-21. "Unmistakably derived from the genre-bending loins of experimental rockers Mr. Bungle and Secret Chiefs 3, Estradasphere respectfully lives up to the ambitious musical aims of their wildly talented mentors."
- "SSMT Reviews". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-21. "Estradasphere returns with another collection of Zappa-esquely varied songs spanning almost every musical genre invented since early homo sapiens individuals first blew into hollow branches recreationally."
- "Biography @ Allmusic". Retrieved 2007-07-21. "Their hectic mix of jazz, metal, video game themes, and bluegrass was eaten up by hardcore Mr. Bungle fans, but went largely unnoticed elsewhere."
- "Estradasphere's MySpace". Retrieved 2007-07-21. "Sounds like a Psychedelic-Sci-fi... Gypsy-Metal-Jazz... Epic-Cinema-Thon."