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This month I’d like to feature a friend of mine that is most definitely a cool grrrl.
Wanbdi is a musical force of nature. Hailing from South Dakota, you may remember her as the fierce drummer in Indigenous, a Native American, family based group. The blues/rock, 4-piece band consisted of Wanbdi, two of her brothers, and one cousin. Indigenous released countless records in the late 90s/early 2000s to much critical success, before Wanbdi left the group in 2005 to pursue new musical terrain.
Currently putting the finishing touches on her 2nd solo EP, Wanbdi previously released “Where The Fishes Go” independently in 2010. The rocking 5 song EP showcases her undeniable talent as a vocalist, songwriter, drummer, and rhythm guitarist. Echoes of P.J. Harvey and The Beatles swirl around her bold melodies, yet her music is so fresh and powerful, I honestly find it difficult to categorize…and that’s a good thing!
Wanbdi and I first connected via myspace around 2006 and have remained in touch ever since. We hope to one day soon be in the same city long enough to make some music together. Oddly enough, soon after I had my knee surgery last October she broke her leg and is currently in physical therapy. Needless to say, we had alot to talk about when we spoke for this article. lol
In addition to healing her leg and constant writing/recording, she also has plans to start a music duo with her sister Yellow Thunder Woman (from the Bastard Fairies), called “Tone Def Sirens”.
You can catch her bassist brother, Buffalo, out on tour this year with blues artist Gary Clark Jr.
I encourage everyone to check out her last EP. And keep your eyes and ears peeled for her new one at her BANDCAMP page below.
For a sample of 2 of the songs :
You can purchase the EP/download at her BANDCAMP page here: http://wanbdi.bandcamp.com
If you’d like to see Wanbdi in action with her previous band, Indigenous, there are tons of great videos on youtube, including the one below.