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Origin Liverpool, England
Years active 2003–present
Labels Pickled Egg Records, Medical Records
Associated acts The Living Brain, Pop Levi, Super Numeri, Loka, Melodie du Kronk, Melodien
Website http://www.myspace.com/zukanican
Members Phil Lucking
James Pagella
Harry Sumnall
Tom Sumnall
Past members Ray Dickaty
Joe Biltone
Dominic Lewington
Pop Levi (Jonathan Levi)
Notable instruments
Cornet, Tanpura, Mellotron, Q Chord, Djembe, Synthesiser

Zukanican are an English experimental band primarily based in Liverpool.[1]


Formed in 2003 from the ashes of Ged Lynn's post Stairs band "The Living Brain", which along with singer Lars Gabel also featured James Pagella and Tom Sumnall.[2]

Based at Liverpool rehearsal space The Kif,[3] the band's lineup has changed considerably over the years from a twin drum-twin brass, bass and percussion ensemble, to the current line up featuring bass, drums, brass, and electronics/synths. The band also at one time featured Super Numeri founder and Ladytron bassist Pop Levi, and his future rhythm guitarist Dominic Lewington.

Zukanican are noted for their improvised live performances[4] and have been compared to, amongst other acts, Sun Ra, Soft Machine and Can, and have also acted as Damo Suzuki's sound carriers on several occasions.[5]

The band have released 5 albums and one EP.



  • None Jazz CD (2003, Medical Records)
  • Jarr CD (2004, Medical Records)
  • Astral Zuk Fodder CD (2005, Medical Records)
  • Horse Republic CD (2006, Pickled Egg Records)
  • The Stumbling Block CD (2009, Pickled Egg Records)


  • E 5Number 10" (2004, Pickled Egg Records)