Cardboard People is the Bay Area's hottest alt-indie-soul-artpop band, fronted by the powerhouse vocals of Yunoka Berry and produced by Jim Greer. The band - featuring heavy hitter drummer Genesis Valentine and bass deity Rhonda Kinard - delivers a dynamic and eclectic sound: from laid-back indie-soul to hyped-up 80's-tinged bangers and gospel-inspired tracks. With co-producer Domino from Hieroglyphics, Cardboard People brings an inclusive, conscious party vibe to the music scene, all while maintaining a semi-anonymous presence, serving as a pervading avatar for anyone who feels inspired.
Cardboard People is not your average band - they're a group of multi-talented individuals who believe that music should be authentic, honest, and full of passion. Founded by producer Jim Greer and singer Yunoka Berry, the band draws inspiration from a diverse range of influences - from Prince and Stevie Wonder to Tyler the Creator and Kate Bush. With their debut album recently released to noticeable buzz, Cardboard People are quickly gaining recognition for their unique sound and infectious energy. The album features hit singles like "Still I Rise" and "Faster", as well as remixes with an EP of House music on the way. The band's commitment to musical open-mindedness is evident in their collaborations with diverse perspectives, creating a platform for anyone who genuinely likes their music. From their humble beginnings at Jim's recording studio in Berkeley to their current status as rising stars, Cardboard People's journey has been a testament to the power of music to unite people from all walks of life. With plans to play shows as often as possible, this band is one to watch in the world of modern pop music. So, get ready to groove to the beats of Cardboard People - your new favorite band.
"...a bit of a synth pop surprise, catchy and cathartic."
"From a pop sound that emanates pure joy to honest and relatable storytelling, Cardboard People are far beyond one dimensional."
Album Review - Music Shelf With Mustard, April 2023
"Faster," coverage & interview on KQED's The Sunday Mic Drop , March 2023
Feature in The East Bay Express, March 2023
Interview with Friday Morning Frequencies, on KXSF, March 2023
Music Video Premiere for, "And Still I Rise," in White Crate SF, February 2023
Interview with West of Twin Peaks Radio, February 2023
Yunoka Berry: Vocals
Jim Greer: Synths, guitars, beats, bass
Rhonda Kinard: Bass on "Faster," "My High, Right?" "Green"
Genesis Valentine: Drums on, "Still I Rise"
Domino: The slaps for "Trouble," "Bondage," "My High," "Reach the Sun"
Merlo: Guitar on "My High, Right?"
Del the Funky Homosapien: Keys on "My High, Right?"
James Deprato: Guitars on "Still I Rise, "Reach the Sun"
Hassan Hurd: Drums on "Impossible"
Andrew St. James: Keys on "Every Little Thing"
Art Design & Direction by Veronica Henderson
Photo Image by Bryan Flores
Recorded in Berkeley, CA
War Chant Records
Publicity: Ana Ayon with Magus Wave
Engineered by Jim Greer
All songs published by Wonderbuck ASCAP and Yunoka Devona Berry ASCAP*
*except "Every Little Thing," also published by Andrew St. James ASCAP
Thank you: Ellie Stokes & Big Leap Collective, So Far Sounds, Veronica, Hieroglyphics, Caitlin Cobb-Vialet