Imagine your Self. Eyes closed, arms spread, face up to the desert night sky. You breathe in what is offered and exhale yourself into it all. Even if you have yet to hear them, War Drum reflects this moment and manages to echo in your ears. The fairly harmonic, yet rockin’ vintage instruments slowly but surely catch you up in a delighted desert dance.

War Drum is a hard working band that has risen from the mirage of our adored “Desert Rock” genre. The cellophane shrink wrapping that encloses your copy of their brand new album, “Fortune Finder,” awaits you with total authenticity.

The band began their journey together in 2010, and have since created a “modern production meet’s 60s revival rock” vibe that now has over 1000 fans worldwide. The best way to obtain an album is to join up at a live show and share your S.E.L.M.A. by purchasing one for $10, but anyone can find a little piece at itunes/War Drum, facebook/War Drum, or at where there is a convenient free download.

Laying down their new music at the original Death Row Records (now MiXLA), Unit A Studios P.S. and Thunder Underground P.S., has kept the band busy as they prepared to release this second summertime hit. With the upcoming recording season upon us, War Drum is working to create an opportunity to record their third installment at the Rancho De La Luna recording ( in Joshua Tree, CA. This studio has hosted and recorded the likes of Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, and Kyuss; righteous acts that are rooted in the Coachella Valley and many take great pride in their accomplishments.

War Drum consistently books performances at The Hood ( , the Date Shed ( the Ace Hotel and Swim Club ( ) and the Hi-Desert historical performance venue, Pappy and Harriet’s ( To find a calendar of upcoming War Drum events go to

Drum’s front man, Jack Kohler comments how the band is intentionally “inventive with no interest in repeated themes.” They are grateful to share in the desert, but they also recognize a local bands ability to over play themselves. About 6 months ago they began traveling to shows booked in LA and it has proven beneficial to the band so far.

Besides respectfully representing the Coachella Valley as a “traveling band” to LA and beyond, the band also serves us by creating community art events where War Drum provides the entertainment and curates the event. If you are interested in the War Drum’s activities or booking information, Robbie Waldman, Bassist/ Aaron Groban, Guitarist/ Peter Layton, Drummer/ and Jack Kohler Singer/ Keys/PR/HR can all be reached at

Look forward to War Drum as they plan to play a S.E.L.M.A. benefit, October 2012! Support and Education for Local Music and Arts
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