Fate sometimes smiles upon those who least expect it. This was the case for STAIJA during their chance meeting with Grammy-award winning audio engineer Steve Hodge in 2004. After listening to STAIJA's successful first EP "A New Energy," Hodge took STAIJA under his wing and honed three new songs for the "Show Yourself" EP as a pre-curser to a full length release expected early 2006.
Live, STAIJA's contagious vortex of energy is fueled by its rabid and rapidly growing fan base. Singer Alex Anderson's voice hovers over the dynamic, fleshy undertones, partnering with guitarist/singer Tony Williams at times for ambient, hypnotic harmonies that lull you into its grip. At other times, Anderson's eyes peel back, the rhythm section pounces, and a growling potency smashes down on you in furious ecstasy. This brilliant and unique show is enhanced by elaborate drum breakdowns, where Williams joins drummer Dane Tuders for well-orchestrated and stunning tribal rhythms. Dane's abilities are also displayed on a side project called F.O.R., which includes Paul Gray of Slipknot, as well as Chad Hanks, and Martin Cock of American Head Charge.
STAIJA has shared the stage spotlights with several national recording artists including: Taproot, Kings X, Flaw, SOiL, Trapt, Powerman 5000, American Head Charge, and Marilyn Manson. When STAIJA took the stage before Marilyn Manson, in front of a crowd notorious for eating the opening act alive, thousands of uninitiated concertgoers erupted in unanimous approval. This event made it resoundingly clear that STAIJA is ready for the next step.
Over the last three years, the members of STAIJA have exerted a tremendous amount of focused energy into sharing their art with as many people as possible. With a sound and performance versatile enough to intrigue and engage any music listener, STAIJA is ready to take hold of the national spotlight. They only need to be given the opportunity and the audience. Let fate smile upon you, and help push STAIJA to a new level.