Monsoon and Sandstorms was Recorded, Produced, and Mastered by David Irish at the Pot of Gold Studios in Orange, CA in May 2012.
SOF SHORT BIO:
Many worlds converge into the sound of The Swords of Fatima: Bollywood, belly dance, flamenco, punk, surf, garage, country, and dark psyche folk. Some say that they are the only band to play multiple genres in every song. Some call them Tibetan Spy Music. Some try to compare them to something more familiar like Siouxsie and the Banshees, X-Ray Spex, or Dick Dale. Front woman, Buko Pan Guerra, guitarist and singer, previously known as the "Bad Ass Bitch with a Banjo" (coined by Sean Carnage) and as Lady Simmons when she played bass for Lily and the Ladies. Still attached to her banjo (her best friend for many years), plays her guitar in a banjo-styled tuning. She is fascinated by ancient stories and music from her heritage: Filipino, Turkish, Armenian, Spanish, Malaysian, and Indian. Her main influences for writing music are ancient folktales, caravans in the desert, sails sailing across the sea, Arabian nights, shamans, kundalini text, her grandmother (who is a faith healer), Samurai films, and classical music. Kim Fredrick of Punk Globe says “Buko sounds as though she has twelve hands when she plays.” Nick Scott is the architect behind the drums. Nick has many years developing his craft behind the set with POPDeFECT and Project K. Since forming in 2007, they have crafted the sound of Southeast Asian Disco Surf Punk madness that the band has become today.
The first CD "Two Days, Two Swords, Walk Alone at Midnight" (2009) was recorded by Scott Taylor (Velouria, The Black Watch) at the Sweatshop and mastered by Mark Chalecki (Capital Mastering).
The latest CD "Eeka Eeka Boom Boom" (2010) was recorded by David Irish (Irish Brothers, Trash Monsters) at Pot 'o Gold studios in Orange.
Currently working on their third record to be released in October 2012 which will feature songs inspired by the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead, cobras, and fireflies.
SOF EXTENDED BIO:
NICK "NICKEI" SCOTT
At age 16, Nickei learned to play the drums by listening to the Ramones’ Rocket To Russia over and over on a $75.00 Sears True Tone drum set. Shortly before grunge took over Seattle, Nickei moved to Los Angeles to conquer the world with pop-punk band POPDeFECT. After 20 years, POPDeFECT called it quits and played their last show in their hometown of Seattle on November 25, 2002. Nickei continued playing drums in Masher, Project K and The Shards.
BUKO PAN GUERRA
At age 11, Buko first started on bass then a guitar a year later. She has performed in bands since the age of 15, although none ever gained much attention. In 2002, Buko and Nickei’s paths crossed when she replaced the original bass player of Project K, Io Perry. Io had left the band to join Tito and Tarantula. Tito (The Plugz, The Cruzados) also shared the Sweatshop with Project K until he moved Texas. Overwhelmed with playing in two bands, Buko also left Project K to continue full-time as bassist for the all-girl glam psych band Lily and The Ladies. Lily and The Ladies ruled the Silverlake scene for the 3 years they were together. The Ladies played their last show at the Roxy with road manager Tim “Sugarpie” Ferris for his band’s Celebrity Skin’s 20-year reunion show. After the Ladies ended, Buko started a solo career on her banjo playing dark psych-folk originals. Also in 2003, a burglar broke into her apartment and stole her guitar and bass. She was left to play her banjo. She taught herself the claw hammer style but longed to play a sitar or oud. Later after years of belly dancing training, she developed an obsession for flamenco. She was then trained in flamenco dance and taught herself flamenco guitar. Her main influences for writing music are ancient folktales, caravans in the desert, sails sailing across the sea, Arabian nights, shamans, kundalini text, her grandmother (who is a faith healer), documentaries, Samurai films, and classical music. “In Search for Power” was written after she read the “The Serpent Power” (a book about Chakras). She wrote, “Call in the Reinforcements”, after watching The Shadow Warrior a film by Akira Kurosawa. From the day dreams of riding camels through the desert dunes, fighting storms in the ocean, swimming with the giant squids in the Sea of Cortez, or roaming the streets in Morocco; the imaginations of Nickei and Buko, you have The Swords of Fatima, “The World’s First Southeast Asian Disco Surf Punk Band”.
April 07, 2011
Falling James - LA Weekly
The Swords of Fatima are another lo-fi duo, with singer-guitarist Buko Pan Guerra cooing febrile melodies over former Popdefect drummer Nick Scott's surf-garage beats. What makes the Swords of Fatima so unusual, however, is the way Guerra's blurry guitar and foreboding lyrics move beyond punk formula into something more unsettling and much less familiar.