Band of the Week: Obliterati


  • Jim Leatherman

Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you Obliterati.

Obliterati is playing June 7 at Will's Pub with Child Abuse and Golden Oriole.

Just the facts:

When did the band form?
Obliterati formed in mid-1996 in transition after the demise of the late Choc. RIP Robert Pauls. The other founding Choc members Holly Tavel (keyboards/vocals), Tony Christy (bass/vocals), and Nadeem Khan (drums/vocals) had a vision for bigger body music. Thus Obliterati w/ the additions of Lisa Bugayong (vocals/bass), Sarah Morrison (violin/viola/vocals), Jim Ivy (saxophones, devices/vocals), and Steven Garnett (guitar/vocals/keyboard). Holly is no longer with Obliterati. The band took a 14-year hiatus from 2000-2014.

Currently available releases:
A few remaining debut album/CDs are available (titled Havy Baubaus Inflience on the now-defunct Whirlybird Records) and select cuts on Bandcamp are available. Visit Jim’s Bandcamp page below for the fully-improvised, instrumental-only Unbliterati CD titled Instant Songs.


Describe your sound in five words:
We aren’t in the business of describing sounds.

Five questions:

What has been your most memorable show so far?
Each member likely has a favorite show aka “Hour of Power” but when we toured with Silver Apples in the 1990s that was grand. Other beloved sharers of the stage then and more recently have included Polvo, The Make-Up, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Billy Taylor’s Horses of the Moon.

Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
The now-defunct Moon Jelly shaped a clear aesthetic and jibed well with our thing.

What description gets used for your band that you would most
like to correct people on? Why?
“They always plead the 5th.”

What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What's your least favorite? Why?
We call Central Florida home – as AAA once did. Tony and Nadeem have together created outside/other/free music since the early 1980s. Jim soon followed. Central Florida is better when (as the previous three lads will concur) making music and merry with Operation Bellbottom, Bad Afro Experience, St. Moist, or Turkish Gravity Bus. Then along came Obliterati. All members past and present have continued to make music in various incarnations.

Any big news to share?
We’ve hemmed and hawed about recording and releasing new music. That plan remains intact.

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