Maybarduk's experimental indie rock & acoustic songs reflect the unique combination of cultures in which he grew up...a North American in West Africa & Latin America; a counter-culturalist political wordsmith with a penchant for Spanish classical guitar.
Born on July 4, 1979, to an American diplomat and a social worker in Mexico City, Maybarduk has since lived in Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Cuba and Venezuela and across the United States from rural Maine to Berkeley, California, where he attended law school and fronted indie rock band Last Clear Chance. In 2007, he joined the non-profit advocacy group Essential Action, and now divides his time between music and work in Washington, D.C. and the Global South, helping countries improve access to critical medicines.
From biting social commentary in "American June" ("The USA is a tarmac, arrivals and departures in a sea of concrete") to "Quarter Rests" ("You slip between the moments, slip between the oceans, in the quarter rests"), "Passengers" explores transience and solitude in contemporary society.
Maybarduk released his second album "No Hay Pueblo Vencido" ("No Defeated People"), produced by J. Robbins, on March 19, 2009. Vencido's sounds range from innovative sample-based compositions ("Siddhartha on his raft") to full-tilt post-punk rock ("Dom Helder Camara") to soft conversations on Spanish guitar ("Sundays").