According to Bazooka
"Whether raiding multiple eras and musical traditions, or pushing standard love song fare off-kilter with clever narrative twists, A2B still manage to be undemanding and buoyant performers, ready to lively up any venue with their detailed (sometimes devilish) brand of bohemian pop know-how." -- Andrew Russell, Submerge Magazine
There are few things more enjoyable than watching a group of musicians truly having fun performing their own music. Anyone who has witnessed a show by According to Bazooka has enjoyed this experience. The Vintage Americana band offers a unique blend of genres that incorporates modern indie, classic folk, and fun pop-rock sounds.
This fusion of sound grew out of the original instrumentation of the band which included an Accordion and a Bouzouki, hence the name According to Bazooka. Band members Don Johnston, Jamie Knapp, René Martucci, and Richard Urbino bring together a varied group of influences that draws heavily from the classic Bay Area, California sound.
Their unique vintage instruments always grab the attention of the audience both visually and sonically. It is quite inventive to find an accordion, upright bass, and random percussion instruments, mixed with elegant 3 part vocal harmonies.
An amazing art of storytelling lifts According To Bazooka to an even higher place. They write songs that every listener can relate to while happily swaying along. Catchy, singable songs with an ‘easy come, easy go’ perspective on the absurdities of life that we all share.
“The members of A2B have an uncommon ability to paint plenty of light into a dark scene, willing the emotional landscape to change through song alone, turning tragedy into light-hearted reflection. It’s really something.” - Noah Hittner, TheArkOfMusic.com
According to Bazooka has built up a solid reputation around the Sacramento, California area becoming a staple at local venues and music festivals. Whether at Picnic In The Park (Davis), First Fest (Sacramento), or the Davis Chocolate Festival (where A2B has been a featured act for the past 4 years), the band brings its intoxicating energy to the stage for each and every performance. A rejuvenated spirit can be felt, transferred from the band to the crowd. True joy is in the air for everyone to share.
With four full length albums already released, Easy Come, Easy Go (2015), Where We Are Now (2017), The Devil's in the Details (2019), and Swanky (2021), be prepared to open your mind and ears for the fun explosion of sound that is According to Bazooka.
What has A2B been up to?
- NPR Tiny Desk Contest includes A2B's video of "I'm Not Really Here"
- Developing songs for a 5th album
- NPR Tiny Desk Contest includes A2B's video of "Nothing Fancy"
- New album "Swanky" released
- According to Bazooka featured on ArtsCalifornia.net
- According to Bazooka & Proxy Moon play Swanky Roof Top Party at The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
- The Ark of Music reviews Swanky
- Indie Guru reviews Swanky
- Indie Music Discover review of Swanky
- A2B invited to perform at The Hive grand opening
- Richard and Rene are interviewed on Davis Music Connections for a tribute to local icon the late Gary Yoder (Oxford Circle, KAK, Blue Cheer)
- Featured interview on KDVS 90.3 FM Saturday Morning Folk Show with host Bill Wagman
- A2B's Tiny Desk Contest video "Don't Call Me" included on NPR website
- Nominated for 2 Sacramento Music Awards by News & Review: Best folk/bluegrass & best singer songwriter: Richard Urbino
- A2B is featured on on Listen Up! Sacramento with host Eli Perry
- 4th album is underway at Moon Studio, Sacramento
- A2B invited to play the Davis Chocolate Festival
- Lovers Lane wins Best Song of the month West Coast Songwriters, Davis for Oct 2019
- Video is underway.
- A2B on Good Day Sacramento
- Indie Band Guru review
- Ark of Music reviews The Devil's in the Details
- Submerge Magazine issue #291:Interview with According to Bazooka
- Radio feature on NPR's Insight, Sound Advice: shows you cant miss
- Review of The Devil's in the Details:Indie Music Discovery Review
- NPR includes our Tiny Desk video.
- Nominated for two Sacramento Music Awards (SAMMIES): Best Singer Songwriter & Best Folk/Bluegrass
- Feature on KDRT radio - live broadcast at Armadillo with host Pieter Pastoor
- Third independent album release: "The Devil's in the Details"
- Richard Urbino was a finalist for the Watermelon music Singer-Songwriter Shootout.
- Tiny Desk video was included on the NPR website
- 2018 SAMMIES award nominee folk/bluegrass
- Selected to play Sacramento's First Festival
- Featured on ABC 10's Sac & CO
- Interview with The Arc of Music