Jef Wright

Roar / Treasure MammaL

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Jef Wright began drumming at age eleven after his older brother Jon - a talented guitarist/songwriter - "recruited" him to accompany him as his drummer. After a year of band class in fifth grade, in which Jef longed to play the full kit which sat untouched and off-limits in an isolation room, Jef decided to abandon the Remo practice pad in favor of teaching himself how to play the set. Fortunate to have parents who allegedly didn't mind him playing along with the hard-hitting, pounding rhythms of Nirvana's Dave Grohl, the intricacy and creativity of William Goldsmith of Sunny Day Real Estate, and the innovative and steady beats of Sara Lund of Unwound, Jef quickly developed his own style, influenced by some of his favorite percussionists.
 
After collaborating with his brother on a few recording projects, Jef co-founded Sea of Cortez in 1996 - a post-punk group whose style lent itself perfectly to Jef's aggressive and frantic style. Later, in 1999, Jef co-founded Death of Marat, in which he also was the band's lead vocalist. Death of Marat released two albums and toured the U.S. fairly extensively until they disbanded in 2002. In 2003, Jef joined Colorstore, a Phoenix group that allowed him to further develop his drumming style. With influences more akin to the Beatles, Elliott Smith, and Radiohead, Colorstore released three full-length albums, was a staple of the Phoenix indie scene, and toured the west coast several times over a nine year span. Shortly thereafter, Jef joined Gospel Claws, performing locally with them over a three-year period.
 
Jef currently performs with ROAR and Treasure MammaL, predominantly playing shows in his hometown of Phoenix while escaping to California, Texas, and other southwestern/west coast states as often as possible with both groups. ROAR has recently opened for AJJ and Jimmy Eat World in California in support of their latest release, Impossible Animals. Treasure MammaL last released I will cut you with my EBT card and was also fortunate to appear on a track on the 2014 With a Little Help from My Fwends compilation, a track-for-track tribute to the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band put together and released by The Flaming Lips.