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Bad Koala began when some members of the best-friend punk bands Omega Moo and Innuendo joined forces with a strict mission to play ska music and have an awesome time doing so. Ian had been a long-time lover of all things ska and put forth the idea for Bad Koala on the 2010 MooEndo tour. After a slow start while Chelsea was living in California, the band picked up steam and started regularly playing shows around Seattle. In Spring of 2015, Michael joined the band on keys, adding some much needed skill and swagger. The band put out their self-titled EP soon after, along with the informal “Roosevelt Acoustic Sessions.” In August of 2015, Bad Koala embarked on a Northwest tour, playing venues throughout Washington, Oregon, and Northern California.
Bad Koala will soon start recording their second EP, tentatively titled “Head West.”
Some fun facts:
– Bassist Ryan is more often referred to as “Snapper.” His fiancé, Natalie, is fondly referred to as “Snapette.”
– Ian is a registered marriage officiant. He once married Kyle from the band Duke Evers to a PBR (sorry ladies).
– Jack, the drummer, also plays trumpet and is in the army reserves. You wouldn’t like him when he’s hangry.
– Chelsea is getting a Ph.D in math, but this doesn’t mean you should trust her to calculate the tip.
– Michael has some awesome dance skills and can pretty much do the splits. His mom makes some killer egg rolls.
– Bad Koala has the best merch ladies (sorry, PEOPLE) in the industry!
TEMPLE CANYON is nostalgic Seattle rock, with wild confessions of love and loneliness, lullabies of a dark and gritty reality, sunshiny pick me-ups and prairie songs. Somewhere between a Quentin Tarantino and a Cameron Crowe soundtrack.. “…something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Serious songs, with a sense of humor before and after.
The band started life as the musical outlet of principal songwriter Mariko Ruhle, taking form in a myriad of sounds with a revolving cast of multi-talented instrumentalists and singers. Presently, Temple Canyon is a four-piece rock band drawing deep influences from folk, classic rock, psychedelica and punk.