Obligtory 'band pensively staring into the distance' photo by Kate Houst
The history of UZZA is essentially the history of vocalist Tabatha Predovich and guitarist/keyboardist Rich Patterson, who have been writing and performing together since meeting in Detroit back in 2001. At that time they fronted a band called Radium – which dissolved upon moving to Minneapolis in late 2004. Soon afterwards they embarked on various musical projects before starting a new band called UZZA in early 2009. Since then, the band has played scores of shows all over the Twin Cities, entertaining crowds with an eclectic musical mixture of 60's psychedelia, post-punk and Brit-pop influences. As Rich is prone to saying: "We're influenced by everything from ABBA to Zappa."
In January of 2012, UZZA released their inaugural effort, “Samsara” – a 10 song album of original music that showcased their songwriting prowess and deft musicianship. In May of 2014, UZZA released their follow-up album, "Maya" – another 10 song collection that was decidedly more accomplished in both production and performance. In November of 2016, UZZA released their third CD, "Elysium" – an album of thirteen songs that range from gritty wah-guitar funk-rock to uptempo, jangly pop confections and even a foray into pastoral folk music. It's not only the most eclectic album the band has ever made, it's also the most listener friendly. It's now available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon).