GUPPY is the brainchild of four mostly-self-taught musicians (J Lebow, Marc Babcock, Ian Cohen, and Kabir Kumar), birthed in a sweltering Glendale garage circa 2017. Writer and guitarist/vocalist Lebow pairs laugh-out-loud absurdity with tender sentimentality, building upon bouncy, infectious rhythms by drummer Cohen and bassist Babcock, all creating GUPPY’s signature sound. Kumar is the newest member and provides lead guitar and backing vocals.
The band’s lush, sunny vocal harmonies led them to expand their musicality, moving beyond their garage punk origins into the realms of power pop, disco, country, and surf rock, as can be heard on their newest album, Big Man Says Slappydoo!, produced by LA tenderpunk hero Sarah Tudzin (Illuminati Hotties). Tudzin brings GUPPY to a new level sonically, building out whimsical bangers by weaving in sounds of theremin, autoharp, microwaves beeping, and band members belching. This all adds to the lush landscape of Power Pop, Surf, Rock, Country, and Indie that makes up the GUPPYverse. When asked what genre they play, the band responds candidly - Secular Guitar Music.
GUPPY has carved a deep niche for themselves in the LA punk scene with their energetic and joyous live shows, playing with the likes of Cheekface, Rosie Tucker, and Sports Team. GUPPY is your friend, and GUPPY is the future. You don’t even need to keep your ear out for this band because they are actually right behind you. Haha got you.