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UNNATURAL WAYS

UNNATURAL WAYS is the main project of Brooklyn-based guitarist Ava Mendoza. Formed in early 2012 in Oakland, CA, the band's short but eventful time on the planet has included tours of Europe and the eastern and western USA. The original lineup consisted of Mendoza on guitar and voice, Dominique Leone- keys, and Nick Tamburro (The Dead Science)- drums. After relocating to Brooklyn in fall 2013, Mendoza reformed the band with NY musicians Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, Lydia Lunch Retrovirus)- bass and Nick Podgurski (ex Extra Life, Feast of the Epiphany)- drums. The group has developed a sound marrying the intense energy of early free jazz to instantly memorable songs. Winding their way through complex heavy rock, avant jazz and warped, noisy blues, the players push the boundaries of their own vocabularies and the written music to put on powerful and unpredictable live shows. 



UPCOMING SHOWS

2/24/14 @ JACK, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY
UNNATURAL WAYS- Ava- guitar, vox/Tim Dahl (Child Abuse)- bass/Nick Podgurski (Extra Life, New Firmament) - drums
also: SHEA/PITSIOKOS/JOHNSON TRIO- Kevin Shea- drums/Chris Pitsiokos- sax/Max Johnson- bass

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4/8/14 @ Manhattan Inn, 632 Manhattan Inn, Brooklyn, NY
UNNATURAL WAYS- Ava- guitar, vox/Tim Dahl (Child Abuse)- bass/Nick Podgurski (Extra Life, New Firmament) - drums
also: MCDONAS/CHASE DUO- Thollem McDonas- piano/Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)- drums

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5/12/14 @ Pageant Soloveev Gallery, 607 Bainbridge St., Philladelphia, PA
UNNATURAL WAYS- Ava- guitar, vox/Tim Dahl (Child Abuse)- bass/Nick Podgurski (Extra Life, New Firmament) - drums

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5/13/14 @ Never Ending Books, 810 State St New Haven, CT
UNNATURAL WAYS- Ava- guitar, vox/Tim Dahl (Child Ab
use)- bass/Nick Podgurski (Extra Life, New Firmament) - drums

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5/15/14 @ Festival de Musique Actuelle, Victoriaville, Canada
UNNATURAL WAYS
- Ava- guitar, vox/Tim Dahl (Child Abuse)- bass/Nick Podgurski (Extra Life, New Firmament) - drums, Dominique Leone- keys

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5/22/14 @ Trans Pecos, 915 Wyckoff Ave., Queens, NY
UNNATURAL WAYS- Ava- guitar, vox/Tim Dahl (Child Abuse)- bass/Nick Podgurski (Extra Life, New Firmament) - drums

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6/9/14 @ Moers Festival, Moers, DE
UNNATURAL WAYS
- Ava- guitar, vox/Tim Dahl (Child Abuse)- bass/Nick Podgurski (Extra Life, New Firmament) - drums

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6/10/14 UNNATURAL WAYS in Wurzburg, DE
6/12/14 UW in Moosburg, DE
6/14/14 UW in Hanover, DE
6/15/14 UW in Prague, CZ
6/18/14 UW in Graz, AU
more TBA

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PAST SHOWS:

11/11/12 @355 Bar, 355 19th St., Oakland. 9pm
10:45 UNNATURAL WAYS) 
10 pm WOBBLY
9 pm BLADERUNNER II (Alee Karim/Jason Hoopes/Jordan Glenn)

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11/18/2012 @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., SF
UNNATURAL WAYS plays live to film by Kathleen Quillian
all day event, info HERE


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12/8/2012 @ Sancho Gallery, Los Angeles
UNNATURAL WAYS
also:
UPSILON ACRUX
EZRA BUCHLA solo vox/electronics
COREY MARC FOGEL- solo drums
MOURNING RING
DJ DON BOLLES

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1/13/2012 @ 355 Bar, 355 19th St. Oakland
UNNATURAL WAYS
also:
THOLLEM ELECTRIC (Thollem Mcdonas- Rhodes, vox, pedals) www.thollem.com/thollemelectric
GOLDRING/THOMSON Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson of Enablers

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FEB 2013 UNNATURAL WAYS EUROPEAN TOUR

2/6 TOURS, FR @ Le Petit Facheux w/ Shampoo Meuchiine
2/8 NANTES, FR @ Espace Diderot w/ Elwood & Guthrie
2/9 PARIS, FR @ La Societe de Curiosites w/ Berangere Maximin
2/10 WURZBURG, DE 5 pm (we play at 6:30) @ Immerhin, presented by Freakshow Wurzburg w/ Cowboys from Hell
2/11 VIENNA, AU @ Rhiz w/ Bulbul
2/12 LJUBLJANA, SI @ Menza (Metelkova)
2/13 GRAZ, AU @ Club Waakum, presented by Interpentration
2/14 VICENZA, IT @ Centro Stabile di Cultura
2/15 FREISING, DE 9 pm @ Abseits
2/16 HANOVER, DE 9 pm @ Sturmglocke w/ Sean Noonan Trio
2/17 MAINZ, DE @ Zitadelle Mainz, Gewolbekeller
2/18 OSTRAVA @ PLAN B w/ Massola (Jap)
2/19 CESKE BUDEJOVICE, CZ @ Ostinato
2/20 PRAGUE, CZ @ Nova Synteza

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3/10/12 @ Bar 355, 355 19th St., Oakland
UNNATURAL WAYS

also:
Lisa Mezzacappa's ORO BLANCO (Lisa- acoustic bass, John Shiurba- e guitar, Gino Robair- drums)

GENTLEMAN SURFER (Sacramento) http://gentlemansurfer.bandcamp.com/album/bountiful-ore

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3/24/13 @ The Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., SF, presented by the SF Switchboard Music Festival
UNNATURAL WAYS
also:
ADDLEDS
OAKLAND ACTIVE ORCHESTRA
ROB REICH QUINTET
MOE! STAIANO
MARC LOWENSTERN
and more

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Thurs. 4/4/13 @ The Knockout, 3223 Mission St., SF
UNNATURAL WAYS
also:
3 LEAFS
PHIL MANLEY (Trans Am)
GENTLEMAN SURFER (Jon Bafus from Sacramento)

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UNNATURAL WAYS mini West Coast tour 4/7/13-4/12/13
Joining us on all our shows on tour is NICK MILLEVOI (Tzadik)- solo guitar http://nickmillevoi.blogspot.com

Sun. 4/7/13 @ Bar 355, 355 19th St., Oakland, CA
also: HOOPES/GLENN DUO- Jason Hoopes- bass, Jordan Glenn- drums

Tues. 4/9/13 @ Bows and Arrows, 1815 19th St., Sacramento, CA
also: GENTLEMAN SURFER (Jon Bafus)

Weds. 4/10/13 @ The Catalyst Atrium, Santa Cruz, CA
also: BLACK SPIRITUALS (Zach Watkins- electronics/vox, Marshall Tramell- drums)
http://www.gtweekly.com/index.php/santa-cruz-area-events.html

Fri. 4/12/13 @ Toltec, Los Angeles, CA (super stasi-style secret show... write me for the address- ava dot mendoza at gmail dot com)
also: CORIMA (LA Zeuhl band), and GRAMPUS (also LA)

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6/14/13, 9 pm@ The Lab, 2948 16th St., SF, $7-10 sliding scale
The 2013 Division of Labor Festival presents:

MALCOLM MOONEY AND THE TENTH PLANET (ex-singer of CAN)
Ava Mendoza's UNNATURAL WAYS w/ special guest Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, Geraldine Fibbers)
ALLEGORY CHAPEL LTD
FAIRLIGHT EMPRESS

booking: Ava Mendoza, ava(dot)mendoza(at)gmail.com