Modern contemporary Jazzesque/psych/rock. Influenced by Nick Cave, Elvis Costello and Morphine ARTISTBIO: Rick and Fred spent the majority of the 90's touring the U.S. with a heavy underground band called Ripped. They recorded and licensed albums for various labels such as wildrags(Montebello,Ca.)Lethal(Vienna,Austria)and Chaos(Italy). Gaining Influence from the likes of Brian Wilson, Diamanda Galas, Kreator and the Accused, they composed heavy, but intelligent lyrics and music. Their dedication gave them the reputation as "the band that would drive to Canada tomorrow for fifty bucks". That reputation got them a lot of opportunities to play shows in what seemed to be every dump from the Mississippi East. Occasionally setting up shop in NYC, Tampa, St. Louis and Austin they followed a course that included small towns as well as large cities, theaters, clubs, civic centers, backyards, barbecues, pizza shops, skate parks and yes even a couple laundromats...So it wasn't pretty, but it worked. During those years they learned a lot about the workings of the industry as well as the art of crashing on floors, expressway rest stops, parking lots and dumpster diving.Around the same time frame Mike was doing his own stints on the road with Punk/Hardcore bands like The Aggrevators and One Beat Off as well as building found object instruments and percussion kits of junk. His interest in the avante garde musician/artist Harry Partch inspired him to build a string instrument based on the theory of intonation constructed from a gasoline can. Both bands stayed busy recording 7" EPs and building a loyal following in Cleveland and surrounding cities.
When the three hooked up in late 99, there was a definite chemistry that allowed them to explore writing in many different styles of music. during one of these sessions Mike suggested bringing down an old Fender Rhodes Keyboard and everything pretty much fell into place. They all agreed that they were going to write what needed to be written,"don't try to pull off something you can't pull off". After a year of writing steadily they came to the conclusion that they needed a solid bassist, and although both Rick and Mike were bassists in their previous bands neither felt it was somithing they were interested in pursuing with this project.
Chuck was a well rehearsed bassist who's love for Psychadelic/Garage acts the likes of Beefheart and Zappa gave him the inspiration to make himself accessible to many different genres of music. A mutual friend of both Rick and Chuck suggested he step in to add some volume to this crazy rock/jazzesque project that they were doing, all members agreed that Chuck's style and influences were exactly what they were looking for. The following year was spent fine tuning the music as a four piece and recording an album that they have appropriately titled DOWN.