Alternative band based out of Phoenix. The Upper Strata mix genres and styles to form their own eclectic sound.
Ranging from acoustic blues, to alternative, and folk, the group's core is centered around strong songwriting. Jonathan (vocals, guitar) and Regula (bass) perform their original music both as a duo and a trio with drummer.
The band's newest release is Shadow Upon The Snow - a six song EP. Unlike previous releases, it is entirely with drums and finds the band in a late night funky groove. Phantastic Pigeon-Holes, a full-length album released in August 2013, in contrast is a bluesy Tom Waits surreal soundscape. Earlier in 2013 the first acoustic full-lenght From Restless To Ruin was re-released. Manifest, an EP featuring five songs, including the blues hit Sleeping In The Graveyard in its original form, was released in 2011.
The Upper Strata has performed in Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Italy, and Switzerland.
Jonathan describes the project as follows: "The Upper Strata refers to the top layer - as in whatever I am working on is at the top and the older things are buried beneath." The original concept for The Upper Strata was a collaboration between Jonathan and various local artists. The first release From Restless To Ruin therefore features five different guest musicians. Regula joined the project in Switzerland writing, recording, editing, and even adding her graphic art skills to the overall production of The Upper Strata. The full-length release Phantastic Pigeon-Holes is an attempt to rekindle that collaborative spirit of the first album. As a result, the disc has two different drummers and a chorus with several local vocalists alongside the core duo. It is the desire of The Upper Strata to see this collaborative nature further expanded - both live and in the studio.