Fall / Winter 2019
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Meatbodies is a band consisting of Kevin Boog, Chad Ubovich, and Patrick Nolan. read more…
Through the undulating Lo-Fi tones of the third-wave psychedelic/garage revivalist movement of the 2010’s, Meatbodies emerged at a time when the neo-psych bands began to lessen the distortion on their reverbs, move out of the wet and windy occupied-by-techie streets of San Francisco, and into the chaotic cross-contaminated burning sun of Los Angeles. Led by vocalist/guitarist and principle songwriter Chad Ubovich (born Feb 3 1988). The band has seen a various rotation of line-up changes with Ubovich being the only consistent member. Hailing from the hazy skies of L.A. The beginnings of Meatbodies can be traced back to 2011 when Ubovich, fresh out of a home, out of a relationship, and in between tours, found himself at the age of 23 (and like most recession children) storing his belongings back at his mother’s house. A regular touring guitarist for several bands at the time. Ubovich was combatting exhaustion, and boredom, and needed something in between tours to occupy his mind. He began to write music in a place that had brought much solace in the past, his mother’s garage. Armed with only a childhood computer and one microphone. Ubovich began to make recordings under the moniker “Chad and the Meatbodies”. Inspired by something an old roommate had once said to him about the Scientologists group referring to our earthly body as a “Meat Body.” The existential tinge seemed to resonate with him and eventually these garage recordings became the now out-of-print tape that was put out by God? Records in 2013. Later that year, Famous Class Records pressed a 7inch for the single, “Mountain.” A popular song for the collective, inspired by a psychedelic trip that Ubovich had experienced some years prior. The single also featured a now-band version of the tune composed of musicians Erik Jimenez (drums), Riley Youngdahl (bass), and long time friend Cory Thomas Hanson (guitar, vocals). Eventually, the stir of the song caught the attention of Larry Hardy at In the Red Records. The group was picked up by the label, and soon shortened the name to purely “Meatbodies.”
In early 2014, Chad and the group set off to San Francisco to record their first full-length LP at the legendary Bauer Mansion. The rapid-fire, chaotic, punk-influenced sounds of Meatbodies (2014) showcased a young and inspired band with song topics centering around partying, touring, breakups, psychedelic discoveries and of course, heavy guitars. “I really didn’t know what I was doing” Admits Ubovich. “I had some songs mapped out and I wrote some other songs while I was there. I was sleeping on the couch in the studio. The band came in eventually for a few days, Cory messed around a lot on keyboards, and the rest of the time was me alone for a week watching the mixing engineer scream and curse at the mixing board at what a horrible job we had done.” With nodes and nods to old school punk, 2000’s garage music, and Iron Maiden. Meatbodies S/T came out to high praise amongst the press and amongst the mosh pits. Later that year, two more 7-inch singles, Wahoo/Steps(2014), and Rotten/Mudgals (2014), were put out as well by In The Red Records. Meatbodies hit the road extensively touring the US, Europe, and Canada for the next 2 years. In this time, we saw the departure of the first LP’s band and several line-up changes to come throughout the tours. First Erik Jimenez was replaced by drummer Ryan Moutinho. Then After one US/CANADA tour the departures of Youndahl and Hanson were replaced by Killian LeDuke and Patrick Nolan. By 2015 LeDuke had left and Kevin Boog joined in on bass and Ryan Moutinho was asked to leave. “When Kevin joined, it was the first time that it actually felt like a band” Says Ubovich. By later 2015 Chad put down the guitar and picked up the bass to tour and record with his hard rock outfit FUZZ. By the end of the year inspired by the current shifts in the political climate of the world, he began writing a new Meatbodies album and asked original drummer Erik Jimenez to return to the band. Embarking in more of a group-effort approach between Jimenez, Boog, and Nolan. The result was a loose concept album that utilized a plethora of fictitious colorful stories instead of just one to encapsulate the bands feelings of the current times. The album was recorded once again at the Bauer Mansion in San Francisco in early 2016. This time, self-produced and mixed by Ubovich himself. “I wanted to write a pseudo rock opera.” Says Ubovich “Something more inspired and forewarning. It was a scary time, all these terrible incidents kept happening around the world, we were angry and scared just like everybody else, and all felt a gloomy shift approaching.” Single Valley Girl/Hibernation (2016) was released as a precursor to the album on Famous Class Records and finally at the beginning of 2017, sophomore album Alice (2017) was released on In the Red records. The chaotic, doom-laden, anti-religion, molly-inspired, flowery-Beatles-metal of Alice was met with mixed reviews and the band set out for an impressive 7-month touring schedule. This time utilizing more of a theatrical approach to the tours with the aid of stage props, black lights, and make-up amongst the members. The high production value, exhaustive touring schedule, and year long wait of the release of the album took a mighty toll on the band, and upon returning home, Erik Jimenez once again left the group to pursue other projects. Long time friend Dylan Fujioka was brought in on drums and after a handful of shows the band finally took a heavy pause to re-collect. “Alice was such a big production” reminisces Chad. “It took a whole year for the album to come out, and by time it came out the shift in the world that we were talking about on the album happened in the 2016 elections. By time we finished touring for it, I think we were all a little lost. I personally was on the tale end of a destructive drinking and drug path and years of touring and a change was much needed.” During this time Patrick Nolan left the group to pursue other projects. Kevin Boog toured with various bands, and recorded with his band C57BL/6, and Ubovich took time to focus on solo performances.
This year, Meatbodies returns as a three piece between Dylan Fujioka, Kevin Boog, and Chad Ubovich. With a brand-new arsenal of songs embodying a darker groove that was missing, but not lost. Inspired by the identity-crisis of the American surrealistic nightmare. Embracing the dark edges, facing the slow and low tones of the new world. Meatbodies continues with a new album in the works and tours to be foreseen for 2019.