These two Davis bands consist of music and technocultural studies majors, and there’s no doubt their studies have seeped into their music.
Mondo Lava (Gareth Ewing, Leon Hu, James Ketchum) and Monterey Babe Aquarium (Simi Sohota, John Brumley, Roy Werner) joined forces for the first and last Killanova Warehouse show last week. When I loaded these on my computer today, I thought it was old gamelan recordings that got distorted. But, these guys just know how to make a whole orchestra’s worth of sounds.
The first part is Mondo Lava alone, and at 2:10 it switches to the supergroup.