YEIBICHAI (pronounced YAY-BEH-CHAY) is a San Francisco, California based progressive hard rock band who shortly after forming, released its full length self-titled debut album in December of 2010.
The term Yeibichai was first encountered by founding guitarist Jimmy Tomahawk who often visits the befriended Navajo peoples on their homelands. To them, the “Yei’ Bi’ Chai”, or simply The Yei, are essentially beings who come to man from the “other world” to remind him how to live in balance with the natural elements of this realm. An image of a Yei’ Bi’ Chai can be seen on the band’s debut album cover created by Navajo artist Zeke Sena, a friend of the band and native of New Mexico.
With Grammy winning engineer Mark Vinten at the helm, YEIBICHAI entered a Northern California studio in September 2010 to begin tracking their full length debut album. Throughout the following 3 months in a frenzy of productivity, the debut was recorded and mixed in Los Angeles and mastered in San Francisco.
YEIBICHAI has created a worthy buzz since breaking into the San Francisco music scene in early 2011 receiving praise from the gritty alt/metal crowd, quirky psychedelic prog rock appreciators as well as ambient electronic/world music fans alike. The latter can attributed to the use of indigenous instrumentation such as Indian Tabla and Native American flute heard throughout the debut effort performed by special guest Thayne Hake, Bassist Tai Hake’s father.
In 2011 shortly after releasing the debut album, drummer Andy V Galeon, founding member of the band Death Angel joined YEIBICHAI bringing with him years of experience touring the world over as a highly revered drummer in modern hard rock and metal circles.
YEIBICHAI have received consistent airplay on San Francisco’s 107.7 The Bone, University of San Francisco’s KUSF, Stanford’s KZSU, UC Berkeley’s KALX, San Francisco’s FCC Free Radio, among other California stations and internet radio stations such as Jango.
Drawing influences from many cultures merged with heavy-progressive rock, esoteric thinking, and psychedelic-spiritual expressionism, YEIBICHAI is a unique musical entity with a compelling undertone wherein vocalist Stephen Vincent Ezell explores the beauty and absurdity of life in the new millennium.
Just as their namesakes do, YEIBICHAI seek to peel back the thin facade between our preconceptions of what is possible and what we deride as merely phantasm.
Tai Hake – Bass
Andy V Galeon – Drums
Stephen Vincent Ezell – Vocals
Jimmy Tomahawk – Guitar, Synth