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Karmic Juggernaut

As the name suggests, psychedelic/progressive outfit KARMIC JUGGERNAUT is an overwhelming force of sound. Formed initially as a quartet in 2004, the Asbury Park-based group has amassed a reputation for its eclectic style, musicianship, unique stage performances, inventive songwriting, and innovative solar-powered recordings using the
Sun Lab Studio.

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KARMIC JUGGERNAUT has been performing since 2005 with guitarists James McCaffrey and Randy Preston, and drummer Kevin Grossman. Bassist Cody McCorry joined in 2012, and vocalist Daimon Santa Maria and keyboardist Jake Hughes in 2017.

Karmic Juggernaut live photo

This summer the band released their new full-length album, The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of, a collection of thirteen unique tunes written by the group. Recorded and mixed at The Hangar at the New Jersey Shore, the new album is a departure from the band’s earlier recordings, featuring new frontman Daimon Santa Maria, keyboardist Jake Hughes, a robust horn section (Joe Gullace & Ian Gray), mallet work by percussionist AJ Merlino, theremin by bassist Cody McCorry, and an array of other instruments. The result is an vintage-inspired album with a postmodern view of psychedelia. This new record draws from an eclectic variety of genres and musical tastes, and touches on topics such as today’s political climate, B-movies, mental illness, and features satirical approaches of contemporary living.

Karmic Juggernaut live photo

KARMIC JUGGERNAUT has shared the stage with many major acts in the music community including Umphrey’s McGree, Bernie Worrell, moe., Keller Williams, Marco Benevento, and many others. In addition to their work with KJ, the members of the group are involved in a plethora of projects including Thank You Scientist, Cody McCorry’s own We Used To Cut The Grass (occasionally featuring Ike Willis of Frank Zappa’s band), Homeless Apians, Remember Jones, Matt Wade Band, Emily Grove, Deathrig, String Bean & The Stalkers, Brother Andrew, Bone & Marrow, Elevator Art, Bumblefoot, Hive Mind, and many more.

Karmic Juggernaut live photo

On The Web:

Karmic Juggernaut Official Website

Karmic Juggernaut on Facebook

Karmic Juggernaut on Bandcamp

Videos To Check Out:

"Funobulax" (TELEFUNKIN - Live From The Lab)

Music To Check Out:

from The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of (2018):

"Bottomless Gypsy Pit"
"Museum Museum"

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THE BAND
slideshow

JAMES McCAFFREY
(Guitar, Vocals)

RANDY PRESTON
(Guitar, Vocals)

KEVIN GROSSMAN
(Drums, Percussion)

CODY McCORRY
(Bass, Theremin, Saw)

DAIMON SANTA MARIA
(Vocals, Flute)

JAKE HUGHES
(Keyboards)

THE MUSIC

The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of cover

The Dreams That Stuff
Are Made Of
(2018)

Great Again! cover

Great Again (EP)
(2017)

Karmic Juggernaut cover

Karmic Juggernaut (EP)
(2012)
THE WORD

"Damn!  Just got turned onto this amazing psychedelic progressive jazzy band and am BLOWN AWAY!  I’m definitely now a fan and this is also definitely in my Top 10 Of 2018.  Shades of King Crimson, Zappa, Mr Bungle, Bigelf, The Mars Volta, Yes... BRAVO"
- MIKE PORTNOY (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Adrenaline Mob, Sons of Apollo)

"Progressive rock was my main egress into music; I grew up listening to bands like Yes, Pink Floyd, Gentle Giant, Camel and more. The beauty of this opening sentence is that all of these bands are relevant when we come to talk of Karmic Juggernaut with a dash of Primus and Frank Zappa to boot... It’s chock full of fun, exciting and bewildering moments of progressive goodness."
- Eden Kupermintz, HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY

"There is so much going on in there. It is a really, really interesting album to check out…Pushing the boundaries which is what prog is all about. You definitely, definitely need to check this album out. It’s outstanding."
- The Progmeister, MIDLANDS METALHEAD RADIO

"Fusing funk, psychedelia, metal, prog-rock, and jam into an exquisitely eclectic elixir, K-Juggs dares to explore what happens when a band combines hard-rock sensibilities with a willingness to let go and explore the unknown."
- Matt Ascone, SPEAK INTO MY GOOD EYE

"...interesting, high-energy, rhythmic and sonically dense progressive rock encompassing a buffet-full of genres and influences."
- PROGRESSIVE MUSIC PLANET