Scared of Chaka

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Scared of Chaka
Origin Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Genres Garage punk
Pop punk
Years active 1993–2001
Labels 702 Records
Empty Records
Hopeless Records
Associated acts The Shins
Broadcast Oblivion

Scared Of Chaka is a punk rock band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, which was formed in 1993 by guitarist/vocalist David Yanul Hernandez, bass guitarist Dameon Waggoner and drummer Jeff Jones. Jone was later replaced by Ron Skrasek. The band played a Dickies inspired mix of garage and pop-punk, following in the footsteps of local Albuquerque act the Drags. The band released a number of full lengths, 7" EPs, and split records throughout its career for labels including 702 Records, Empty Records, Dirtnap Records and Hopeless spin off Sub City Records. Following the 2001 release of Crossing with Switchblades the band dissolved. The band played a number of reunion shows in 2008, including Music Fest NW in Portland, Oregon, and FunFunFunFest in Austin, Texas. On September 20 they performed with Dillinger Four as part of the inaugural year of Forward Music Fest in Madison, Wisconsin.


Following the breakup of Scared of Chaka, Hernandez formed Broadcast Oblivion in 2002 with Coady Willis (of Murder City Devils, Dead Low Tide and Big Business) and Andrew Church (of The Droo Church and Supersuckers).

Hernandez had previously performed in projects with James Mercer, who went on to form the popular indie rock act The Shins (Scared of Chaka also released a split 7" with the pre-Shins act Flake Music). The original line-up of The Shins featured Hernandez on bass guitar. After a year, however, he left the band to pursue a personal relationship in New York. [1] In 2003, when Shins bass guitarist Neal Langford left the group, Hernandez re-joined the Shins as a bass guitarist. He currently[when?] lives in Seattle. Skrasek lives in Portland, Oregon, and Waggoner lives in Los Angeles.

Scared of Chaka's music was influential in the U.S. garage / punk rock scene. Current bands which have continued similar musical threads, such as the Riverboat Gamblers, have cited Scared of Chaka as an influence. [2]


Main albums[edit]

  • Hutch Brown Sayngwich (702, 1995) - LP
  • Scared of Chaka (702) - LP
  • Masonic Youth (Empty, 1996) - LP
  • How to Lose (702 / Empty, 1998) - EP
  • Tired Of You (Hopeless / Sub City, 1999) - LP
  • Crossing with Switchblades (Hopeless / Sub City, 2001) - LP


  • Seven Stories Tall: Singles '94-'99 (702) - LP

Singles/EPs and splits[edit]

  • Scared of Chaka / The Gain - split 7" '(702 Records) - EP
  • Scared of Chaka / Flake Music - split 7" (702 Records / Science Project) - EP
  • Scared of Chaka / Fatal Flyin' Guilloteens - split 7" (Dirtnap Records)
  • Scared Of Chaka / Real Swinger - split 7" (Ballroom Blitz Records)
  • Scared of Chaka / The Traitors - split 7" (Johanns Face Records)
  • "live at Jay's" (Bad Man Records, 2002) - 7" EP - ltd 200 - white marble vinyl
  • Scared Of Chaka / Word Salad - split 7" (Science Project)
  • Scared of Chaka "Automatic" 7" (eMpTy)

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