About

As the name suggests, psychedelic/progressive outfit Karmic Juggernaut is an overwhelming force of sound. Formed as a quartet in 2004, the Asbury Park-based group has amassed a reputation for their eclectic style, musicianship, unique stage performances, and innovative solar-powered recordings using the Sun Lab Studio.  Over the years, Karmic Juggernaut has performed with many notable acts including Umphrey’s McGee, Bernie Worrell, Keller Williams, Marco Benevento, moe., Kung Fu, Screaming Headless Torsos, and many more, as well as being featured in Relix Magazine, on Comcast’s Bands on Demand, and a full special on PBS’ Driving Jersey program.

Karmic Juggernaut has more recently expanded to include the powerful vocals of Daimon Santa Maria and keyboardist Jake Hughes, along with auxiliary members Joe Gullace (trumpet), Ian Gray (trombone), and AJ Merlino (vibes & percussion). This lineup is currently working on a full-length LP recorded at The Hangar, the group’s own studio, for release in Summer 2018.

In addition to their work with KJ, the members of the group are involved in a plethora of projects including Cody McCorry’s own We Used To Cut The Grass (occasionally featuring Ike Willis of Frank Zappa’s band), Homeless Apians, Thank You Scientist, Remember Jones, Matt Wade Band, Emily Grove, Deathrig, String Bean & The Stalkers, Brother Andrew, Bone and Marrow, Hive Mind, and many more.

Members:
Randy Preston – guitar, vocals
James McCaffrey – guitar, vocals
Kevin Grossman – drums, percussion
Cody McCorry – bass, theremin, saw

Daimon Santa Maria – vocals, flute
Jake Hughes – keyboards

Extended KJ:
Ian Gray – trombone
Joe Gullace – trumpet
Joonas Lemetyinen – trombone
AJ Merlino – percussion, vibes

“Fusing funk, psychedelia, metal, prog-rock, and jam into an exquisitely eclectic elixir, K-Juggs dares to explore what happens when a band combines hard-rock sensibilities with a willingness to let go and explore the unknown.” (Matt Ascone – Speak Into My Good Eye)

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