Since the band's conception in 1999, it has taken many shapes. Being in a rock band was a new adventure for Clara Efrona, however, she was familiar with playing to audiences with an acoustic guitar. "When Craig bought me the Fender Bronco it was all over. I realized that I could finally create more of the psychedelic sounds I was hearing in my head, rather than only attempting to explain these visions with poetry."
Craig Camp, on the other hand, had already experienced being in successful bands including ComboNation. At the time he played drums solely. But after he left those bands, he purchased recording equipment and started to explore other musical instruments. "I wanted to write songs..." he says.
Maheekat's first drummer was Randall Marsh of Mudcrutch. After Randall there were a number of other drummers, but none seemed to have the ethereal-rock edge they were after. "... it isn't metal, and it isn't all sweet and folk either. I don't think we really sound like any of our influences." Clara mentions. And she's right. Their influences include the likes of Sun Ra, XTC, Yes, The Specials, Phoebe Snow, and Killing Joke. As a result, finding a drummer has been difficult.
Although Craig plays the drums on their recordings, they prefer to have him on bass for shows. So, you'll sometimes find them playing live with various drummers that fascinatingly learn Craig's intricate drum beats. Another option you might see them choosing for gigs is the well-loved old-school sound of the Alesis SR-16.