Who is The Upper Strata?

Often funky, sometimes with a bluesy late night feel, the songs are filled with vagabond and surreal images.


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


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

album cover The Upper Strata Shadow Upon The Snow

Shadow Upon The Snow

Shadow Upon The Snow is our newest release. It is a musical journey from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the battered side of Phoenix and on to the Pacific Ocean. Musically there are hints of Reggae, Soul, Disco, artsy Post-Rock, and Folk.

album cover The Upper Strata Phantastic Pigeon-Holes

Phantastic Pigeon-Holes

The full length album 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. 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.