The Mystery Men? are the enigmatic figures of instrumental surf. Frenetic at times, dark and moody at others, the 5 piece conundrum takes you on a reverb drenched journey through the shadows. Straddling the threshold of old and new, The Mystery Men? take elements of spy music, spaghetti western, a small hint of metal and blend them with the sensibilities of the traditional surf genre.
Steeped in a true love for Exotica, Surf, Hawaiian Music and the music of Santo and Johnny in equal parts, the Manakooras are a new type of band. They brand this new blend of styles "Surfxotica". With the traditional lap steel guitar leading the way, they are not only re-doing old classics with their distinct sound, The Manakooras are also working on adding their own original songs to their repertoire. The band also has a distinguished pedigree, featuring members of well-known surf bands such as The Aqualads, The Intoxicators, The Penetrators and Satan’s Pilgrims. With their unique blend of styles and sounds, it is safe to say that there is no one like The Manakooras, past or present.
While cave-diving off the coast of Uketania, three amateur spelunkers accidentally disturbed a nest of wild ukuleles. The explorers were mauled savagely, but a side effect of the bites caused two of them to instantly become adequate ukulele players, and one of them to become a blue gorilla who plays bass for some reason. More importantly, the toxins boiling in their blood now compelled them to team up and spread the venom of ukulele music far and wide, as the band....WHEN UKULELE'S ATTACK‽
'Ukulele performing traditional Hawai'ian language songs, and modern island favorites.
There will be an ongoing opportunity for uke enthusiasts to sign up for time slots to play, as well as our Big Uke Jam which will have songbooks for co-ordinated uke playing and singing. Details to come.