Hunab is:

Scott McDermott
Joe Kalb
Luke Mescher
Mark Hembre
Rubin Smit

Bio / History

Scott and Luke’s musical friendship started in high-school where they played and wrote music together. Joe was a childhood friend of Scott’s who also sparked an interest in guitar. The three jammed together and developed a great connection. While Joe was working on his degree at Iowa State University, Scott and Luke were playing music and attending classes in Cedar Rapids. The three managed to stay in touch and play shows together from time to time.

Meanwhile, in another part of Iowa, Derek was playing guitar in a shitty metal band! Seeing no future in his current musical endeavors, he decided to go back to school to study auto mechanics at Kirkwood Community College. This is where he signed up for a course on the history of jazz, rock, and blues, which rekindled his interests in music. He changed his major to music and started playing bass guitar. There he met and befriended Scott and Collin.
At the same time, Luke and Scott were in the experimental jam-rock group “Franky Malloon.” Franky Malloon opened shows for groups such as Lotus, Bockmans Ephio, and Shanti Groove. In a far away room in Ames, Iowa, Joe was stewing up his melodic and harmonic ideas and happened to brew up the fine tasting “Joe’s Monophonic Experiment.”

Meanwhile, when confronted with a great opportunity Luke decided to put his drumming on pause and study for five months in Mysore, India. At the same time, Joe had graduated from ISU and moved to Iowa City. Living under the same roof allowed Joe and Scott to pursue their passion for writing music.

Collin’s music studies include percussion, voice, and piano since elementary school. In high-school, Collin played drums in the acoustic rock band, Beau Echo, from Cedar Falls. The group split ways Collin’s senior year of high school. Collin, like Luke and Scott, was also involved in their high school’s theatre.

Scott currently studies jazz guitar and majors in music performance. Common interest and musical experience paved the way for the birth of “The Schizophonic Jazz Jam.” SJJ was a group of musicians from Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls, which played jazz standards in a jam-rock sense. The SJJ musician lineup was different at every show including different guitarists, basses, percussion and horn players. Scott, Derek and Collin played every show and were the only SJJ members playing a two night gig at Mother Nature’s Ball, a camping/music festival based in Iowa. The three were pleased with the great response from the crowd and the musical experience amongst the three that they decided to do more than jazz covers and tonal jams. They decided to write their own songs.

With Scott and Joe incubating a sound in one hand and the S.J.J. getting solid feedback from live shows in the other, it was clear the two projects needed to unite. After a few months they were making some great progress and decided to make music a priority.

They needed a name that encompassed the sound and feelings that came with their music, so they decided to do some brain storming. Meanwhile, Scott was studying the Mayan culture and found it to be very intriguing. During his reading he came across the term “Hunab Ku” which has a few meanings, but the one that sealed the deal was: The one giver of movement and measure. Scott proposed the name to the group and it was decided. HUNAB

In January, Luke returned to the states and joined the group to add to the already-solid rhythm section. With two great drummers, two experimental guitarists, and a groovy bass player, Hunab is an energy force to be reckoned with.