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Geoff Cleveland

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Born: September 28, 1963    Primary Instrument: Piano

What is a Hate Camel?

HATE CAMEL = CURMUDGEON as described by comedian Bill Hicks in his final performance. (Curmudgeon = “a crusty, ill-tempered and usually old man”-Webster’s)

HATE CAMELS = a “Life Metal/Death Comedy/Jazz” band led by keyboardist Geoff Cleveland and also featuring Dave Devine-guitars, Paul McDaniel-bass and Mike Whited-drums (sometimes Chuck Roy-comedy). Cleveland, a Denver-based jazz musician by trade, decided age 43 was a good time to start a band that rocks with influences of Fantomas, Mastodon, Candiria and many others as well as expressing the inspiration from artists outside the music world, particularly comedians and satirists. Cleveland’s previous bands include The Emergency Broadcast Players, a critically-acclaimed avant-jazz collective which included trumpeter Shane Endsley and bassist Kaveh Rastegar (currently of Kneebody) as well as trumpeter Ron Miles, and tissues4issues, co-led by vocalist Sunny Kim (currently of Prana Trio and Myth of Mitch)....
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”…the power bass tracks jam in brain for days!!! The guitar work shreds, the drums crush and the nut on the keyboards brings it-like Pryor, like Hedberg, like Kinison-because when you say those names you have to.” Chuck Roy (comedian)
Geoff Cleveland-Donut Storm (1993) The Emergency Broadcast Players-Only a Test (1997) Fadism: A Tribute to Jaki Byard (2000) Cornbread-sixoneninetysix: Live at the Fox (2000) tissues4issues-Axis: Bold as Evil (2004) Hate Camels-Death Comedy Jams...and one piece of life metal (2007)

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Hohner D6 Clavinet, Etherwave Theremin, Fender DeVille amp

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