Bonzai Suzuki is a pop collective that revolves around material created by principal songwriters Dave Howard and Jaymz Bee as well as various members of the band. The group was formed in 2010 after Bee and fiddle/flutist/harpist Sahra Featherstone watched a DVD marathon of the BBC show The Mighty Boosh. Inspired by composing their first “crimp” (rap-poem) they agreed to make some music with a handful of close friends. First in was Dave Howard, who had worked with Bee and Featherstone on a recording called “Sub Urban” by Jaymz Bee & The Deep Lounge Coalition, and was eager to write modern pop tunes with a slight eighties feel to it. Ballet dancer and actor Legs Mahoney (uh, not her real name) came next. She helped pen the band's first song, Four is Four. Next came percussionist Great Bob Scott and bassist Brandi Disterheft, followed by cameo appearances by Bubz Magoo and Geegee.
The band released their debut CD in November of 2011 and is currently working on their second recording. They have low-key gigs at Painted Lady and perform New Years Eve each year at Massey Hall, opening for comics such as Scott Thompson and Andrea Martin, but other than that, live performances are rare. Currently the band members are creating more videos to add to the three currently featured on YouTube.
For fans of Gary Newman, Human League, Devo, B52’s, Cibo Matto and the like…you are sure to enjoy Bonzai Suzuki.
The debut CD is available now through iTunes and CD Baby.