Psychedelic Rock, Psychedelic, Acid Rock, Jam Rock, Experimental, Inprovisation (U.S.A.)
Founded in 1973 in the Los Angeles area, Ya Ho Wha 13, otherwise known as Ya Ho Wa 13 or
Yahowha 13, is a psychedelic rock band fronted by Father Yod, spiritual leader of a religious
cult/commune called the Source Family. Yahowha 13 without
the vowels and spaces reduces to YHWH, the tetragrammaton. The band recorded nine LPs full of their extreme psychedelic sound with
tribal drums and distorted guitars, some of which were completely unrehearsed jam sessions, others which contained more conventional
Members of The Source Family, who lived in the Hollywood Hills in the early 1970s, decided to fuse their musical talents and spirituality by forming an improvisational, psychedelic music group. They began to press LPs in 1973, most of which were recorded after hours of meditation at 3:00-6:00 a.m. in a soundproofed garage that served as the musicians’ studio at the family's communal residence. All of the records with Father Yod’s participation were completely improvised, with no rehearsals or overdubs. Most of the albums were pressed in small runs of only 500 to 1000 copies on the Higher Key label. They were sold to the general public in Father Yod’s popular vegetarian Source Restaurant for $10 each. Though only nine LPs were produced and released, it is rumored that more than 65 albums were recorded by the group but were lost over the years. Isis Aquarian, who was the family historian, archivist and one of Father's wives, recently found a lot of these unreleased music tapes in her archives and they are now being remastered and released through a Chicago label and their site.
The band changed members occasionally, morphing into various incarnations, from Father Yod and the Spirit of ’76 to Ya Ho Wha 13 to The Savage Sons of Ya Ho Wha, Yodship, and Fire Water Air; but the key players were always the same: (Djin Aquarian on guitar, Octavius Aquarian on drums, and Sunflower Aquarian on bass) along with other family musicians Lovely Aquarian, Zoroaster Aquarian, Hom Aquarian, Rhythm Aquarian, Pythias Aquarian, Aquariana Aquarian, Ahom Aquarian, Electron Aquarian. Father Yod does not appear on all their album releases, but for those on which he participates, he handles lead vocals and percussion, via a kettle drum. Yahowha 13 was Father Yod's signature band. He said that its music would continue his teaching (by the words he used) long after he was gone. Sky Saxon of The Seeds had joined the Source Family in 1973 and occasionally appeared on the band's recordings.
In 2019 Djin Aquarian joined Aumega Project and released some previously unreleased Yahowha 13 jams with Sky "Sunlight" Saxon.
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