The Evolution of Majungas
It was 2006 during a music lesson at Stone Grove Guitar, located in the west suburbs of Chicago, when the story of Majungas began. “You should throw some lyrics on it” said Mike Gentile’s blues guitar instructor, Dan “King” Kahn after he listened to a few guitar recordings that Mike shared with him. Although the tracks that were recorded were not composed with the intention of launching a musical journey, the words “throw some lyrics on it” kept echoing in Mike’s ears. Having a knack for creative writing and storytelling, Mike spent some time experimenting with pairing songwriting and music and this gave birth to a demo--which eventually became the debut album for Majungas, who formed in 2013, along with original band members Matt Bancroft (guitar) and Andy Palmer Cox (drums.)
As a band, Majungas recorded music and played shows in the Chicago music scene. Mike infused his comedic and performing arts background into live shows; earning Majungas a reputation for being a very theatrically entertaining act—known for donning jarring clothes, elaborate costumes and even playing humorous AV clips in-between songs.
When the band split apart in 2017, Mike quickly transitioned Majungas into a studio recording act and began to focus on writing albums with Ancient Alien themes (a subject matter that is a deep interest of Mike's.) With the help of friend and fellow musician Max "Cherry" Dombrowski, two albums were eventually made in this genre and the albums gained popularity at such events like Alien Con, and having been featured on a variety of UFO/Alien themed podcasts/youtube shows.
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