eclectic arts from Western Canada

Johnny Quazar & the Swingbots

Cosmic rockabilly featuring Tom Roschkov (guitar & vocals), Kelly Pikula (drums), Thom Golub (upright bass) and Johnny Quazar on Theremin.

Johnny Quazar & the Swingbots are the latest addition to Edmonton's bustling rockabilly scene - and they bring a decidedly different twist to the genre.  Johnny Quazar (aka John Armstrong) has become one of Western Canada's most prominent Theremin players and has gained international attention for his unique approach to one of the world's oldest electronic instruments.  He is joined by long time band mates, Tom Roschkov (vocals & guitar) and Kelly Pikula (drums) and one of Edmonton busiest bass players, Thom Golub.  Johnny Quazar has developed a playing approach that allows the use of multi effects processing, wah wah pedal and other electronics.  Combined with classic rockabilly, blues and roots music, the Theremin adds a bold new take on these traditional forms.

While the Swingbots do feature several original songs from their Stone Merchants and Swingin' Ya Band repertoires, the bulk of their material comes from the early pioneers of rockabilly including Carl Perkins, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochrane and Elvis Presley.  But don't be surprised if they sneak in some Ray Charles or Bo Diddley just to keep things interesting.  Check out Johnny Quazar & the Swingbots for all your cosmic rockabilly needs !