Matto didn't spring out of nowhere, it evolved over time as two
friends pursued their musical careers together. Before settling
into the current forum of music collaboration, Yuka Honda and Miho
formed a loose punk jam band know as "Leitoh Lychee".
While hanging out writing music or after a night's gig, they often
wandered over to one of the many great New York restaurants to relax,
talk, and enjoy the food. New York is a place where any time, day
or night, food from a diverse set of cultures can be found. Like
their eclectic tastes in music, they shared the same eclectic taste
in food. Slowly there developed a fusion between Yuka and Miho's
friendship, their shared love for food, and their desire to make
music. Out of this fusion, the band Cibo Matto was born.
Matto recorded their first mini CD on the Japanese recording label
known as "Error Records" . The self named mini album "Cibo Matto",
was released in Japan by the Error label. This CD was released in
1995. The CD included material already prepared in the United States
for demos and their two independent 7" singles. The hard work that
Yuka and Miho had put in over the years came together in the release
of the CD, "Viva! La Woman", in early 1996. With the distribution
resources of Warner Brothers Records behind them, Cibo Matto found
a great deal of new success and popularity. Their second release
on Warner Brothers was the mini CD titled, "Super Relax", release
Lennon joined Miho and Yuka in the studio to provide the bass lines
on most of the tracks for the "Super Relax" album. After the release
of Super Relax, Cibo Matto went back to playing live gigs. They
started taking Sean along on tour to accompany them on bass guitar.
Over time, Sean came to be recognized as a member of what had been
a two person band.
addition to Sean on bass, Cibo Matto enlisted Timo Ellis to play
drums and help out on vocals while touring. When it came time to
start recording their third major release in 1998, "Stereotype
A", Timo was there. They went into the studio as a four piece
band, but by the end of the sessions another full time member, Duma
Love, had been added to the band's bill. Duma
plays electric drums, percussion, and he also raps. Duma can be
heard on "Stereotype A" doing the impressive rap on "Lint
Of Love" and also the human beat box on "Clouds".
band has slowly been formed into its current format, Yuka Honda,
Miho, Timo Ellis, Duma Love, Rick
Lee (bass), Brandt
Abner (keyboards), and
with special guest appearances by their network of musical associates
and friends. Each member shares a common interest in the cooperative
development of new musical ideas. Miho describes the band's musical
process by saying, "What I'm proudest of on "Stereotype
A" is the collaboration. It's the product of four people listening
all the time."
is a post from the Official Cibo Matto Message Board that announced
the Cibo Matto line up in spring 2001. Rick Lee replaced Sam Koppleman
on bass, and Japa was not present for the summer and fall shows
and the family scone
Posted on March 31, 2001 at 03:50:14 PM by matto
are you guys? it's gray gray gray in new york ...
are y'all feeling today?
i wanted to introduce you guys our new family. miho on mic yuka
on keys timo on drums/mic duma on drums/mic japa on drums/keys sam
(yes, sam koppleman) on bass ganda on mic we love our new family
very much! we miss sean a lot too. his soul is always with us when
april 5th, come celebrate the beautiful day, the birthday of the
daughter of SAN RA, a.k.a. miho hatori, will be performing at TONIC.
she will be singing the beautiful songs by baden powell again. we
are collecting lints from your sweater to make a heart shape sculpture.
please join us. eat really good food today.
is this site's notice that reported the Cibo Matto line up in Summer
Matto Summer 2001 Lineup
Yuka Honda, Timo Ellis and Duma Love have continued to be the core
of Cibo Matto in 2001. But the band is very excited about working
with their recent new bandmates Rick Lee, Ganda, and Brundt Abner.
and Yuka played with Rick Lee in both Leitoh Lychee and Butter 08.
Miho and Yuka actually met Rick, on the same day that they first
met each other. Rick was featured as a guest musician on "Viva!
has been with the band for most of this year. She sings back up
vocals, that Yuka refers to as, "very sexy and soulful."
Abner is the band's new super weapon. He has been known to join
Yuka in a double keyboard thing that is totally awesome!