Sing the Body
Saturday, October 26, 2013 • 7:50 pm
Nuboo Stage (Nu'uanu Ave. & King St.)
Part of the FREE Street Festival Schedule + Map
A band whose name was inspired by the great words of Walt Whitman has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, they do just that. In 2011, Honolulu Pulse (social media site of the Star-Advertiser) wrote, “Their sound is a blend of rock, folk and alternative music that has fused into a unique sound of their own. Both are not just talented musicians, but really great singers as well. Their songs are addictive to listen to and their energy is infectious.” Earlier this year, Sing the Body backed up that high praise taking home a much-deserved Na Hoku Hanohano award for “Alternative Album of the Year” for their fantastic debut, full-length album, “Contrast.”
Sing the Body approach music with a less is more attitude a la The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Sing the Body is comprised of only two musicians: Zack Shimizu and Elijah Oguma. But just as with the two aforementioned national acts, having merely two people on stage in no way limits the size or impact of Sing the Body’s music. Instead, it gives Shimizu and Oguma a huge open canvas on which to paint. And that they do using their deep talents to create a barrage of rich, multi-hued colors via lead vocals, harmonies, a snare drum, tom drum, mini Korg synthesizer and a kick-tambourine (a tambourine set-up & played by Oguma like a kick-drum). Tie it all together with quality, catchy songwriting, and you have a group with a limitless future.
When Sing the Body climbs a top the Nuboo Stage at this year’s Hallowbaloo street festival (their second Hallowbaloo performance), expect a vibrant, fresh sound you can’t resist. And don’t be surprised to see them showcased on grand Hawaii stages for years to come.