Who is The Upper Strata?

Often bluesy, sometimes with a little western twang, the songs are filled with saloons and desert images.


From Tom Waits to Son House, from Beck to Morphine the influences are broad and the resulting music even more far flung. Often with hints of bottleneck blues and always a thumping fluid bass line, the band cranks out a sound both old and new.

The album Phantastic Pigeon-Holes finds the group out in the Southwest with its saloons, haunted hotels, old mining towns, mesas, and canyons. All figure into the often cinematic tracks and make the region a character in the work.


Johnny-2-Snakes vocals, guitar
Regula bass, vocals, synth, accordion
Troy drums

album cover The Upper Strata Phantastic Pigeon-Holes

Phantastic Pigeon-Holes

Our most recent release, a full length collection of eclectic tunes. Rock, Blues, Beat Poetry, and even a little smokey late night Jazz fill this disc. Don't pigeon-hole us - man!

album cover The Upper Strata Manifest


The first Arizona release is a five song EP. Features two acoustic tracks and three electric with Austin Reeves on drums.

album cover The Upper Strata From Restless To Ruin

From Restless To Ruin

A full length release, comprised of songs written in Florida and Colorado. It features a number of guest musicians and was the first The Upper Strata release.