February 23, 2015
Here at Gashouse, we like bands with originality and an undeniable uniqueness. Merging elements of Hip-Hop, Punk, Reggae, Metal, and the occasional Techno beat; this week’s featured band is Brooklyn’s Shinobi Ninja
I have recently noticed the widespread conjecture that Craigslist is the best and only way to fully form a decent band. Whether you believe that to be true or not, the story of how Shinobi Ninja came to be is quite an interesting one. Around 2008, vocalist D.A. had been working as musician, producer, and engineer at NYC’s Progressive Studios. This is where he met vocalist Baby-G (aka Edara Johnson) who, at the time, was professionally singing and dancing for major label artists including Rihanna, Diddy, Ricky Martin, LL Cool J, Nelly, and Cassie. D.A.’s cousin, bassist Alien Lex, was working as an engineer for a different recording studio, called the Sound Machine, which was run by twin brothers; guitarist Maniak Mike and drummer Terminator Dave. DJ Axis, an accomplished battle and club DJ, had already known Mike and Dave from playing together in previous bands. That March, these six diverse characters joined forces to create the super-group known as Shinobi Ninja.
Within just a few years of recording, non-stop touring and social networking, Shinobi Ninja developed into a national epidemic with a fierce following. They have even been compared to the Beastie Boys; an honor within itself. Besides scoring second place in the 2011 New Music Seminar’s “Artist on the Verge” category, Shinobi Ninja has written the theme song for Marlon Wayan’s film A Hunted House 2. Not to mention, Shinobi Ninja is the first independent band to release an app based upon their music. The Nintendo style video game, called “Shinobi Ninja Attacks,” was downloaded over 60 thousand times and spawned the album app frenzy.
Shinobi Ninja has performed alongside The Black Keys, AFI, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Tokyo Police Club, and Rise Against. However, on March 6th, Shinobi Ninja will be coming down to our own Connie’s Ric Rac to play Gashouse Radio’s First Friday Showcase with Rockers Galore, Yeah Son, 46 Reasoms, and Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this. Click this link to RSVP on the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1530162640586639/
Tune in all this week to hear Shinobi Ninja in very heavy rotation. You can catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET). If you like what you hear, share your opinion by using the thumbs up/down buttons. Check out soundcloud.com/shinobininja for free streaming, and www.youtube.com/user/ShinobiNinjaMusic for awesome videos.