Kioea is a band based in Kittery, ME. Kioea’s psychedelic melodies, surf rock drenched reverb, and hypnotic rhythms blend many genres.

Named after a bird that went extinct on the Island of Hawaiʻi, Kioea’s songs are inspired by the distinct and exotic landscape where this mysterious bird once lived. Kioea translates in the Hawaiian language to mean “stand tall.” Additionally, the word is interpreted as “to be lifted up” or “to extend” — much like Kioea’s long, improvised passages that take listeners on a sonic journey.

In Kioea’s self-titled album, Carand Burnet performs, Jim Rioux plays on drums, andJonathan Blakeslee and Pete Duchesne contributed upright bass and electric bass to the recording. Read more…

Click here to listen to Kioea’s album.