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Guitar, Lead Vocals, Songwriter, has been playing guitar in bands around Chicago since the tender age of 15. East Coast born, but Midwest raised has helped shaped the roots of this midwest rocker. Influenced by harsh winters and glorious summers, his guitar playing a singing expresses the dichotomy the polar opposites that the Midwest has to offer; aggressive and subtle as the seasons. Although has played with many players on and off over the years, he has not felt dynamic and inspiration with other musicians in a long time as he has with Jonah, Danya and Paul.
Guitars: 1978 Les Paul Deluxe, 70's Stratocaster & 1972 Telecaster Deluxe built by Luthier Richard Gaul of Chronic Guitars Chris uses Jim Wagner’s WCR Godwood pickups.
Amps: Orange Amp Rockerverb 50
Effects: I'm an analog all the way guy. Keely modded Tube screamer, Fulltone Wah and tremolo, DMB volumizer pedal.
Musical Influences: The Beatles, Jet, G&R, of course Justin Bieber.
Hair Influences: Uncle Jesse from Full House and Elvis
Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction
Favorite Actress: Phoebe Cates (1980's…what a talent)
Influential Albums: Nothing Shocking Janes Addiction, Broken Boy Soldiers..Raconteurs, Revolver..Beatles
People Often Think I'm: A jerk
Favorite movie quote: Every time I come in the kitchen, you in the kitchen. In the goddamn refrigerator. Eatin' up all the food. All the chitlins... All the pig's feet... All the collard greens... All the hog maws. I wanna eat them chitlins... I like pigs feet.
Guitar, Lead Vocals, Songwriter; Jonah began playing guitar as an infant, and picked it up again as a 14 year old. His first band, The Daily Special, formed when he was about 16 years old. They recorded one album and played all over the Warrenville - Wheaton area. After high school, Jonah moved to Nashville where he attended Belmont University. He went on to play in a number of cover bands including: Four Sheets to the Wind and Tasty Face. Thanks to Belmont's fabulous studios and the access granted to students, he was able to log quite a few hours in the studio environment. Now, back in his hometown, he was drafted by Chris in the third round, to join Hot Hot Robot.
Guitars: Custom made Telecaster, built by the incredible luthier Richard Gaul, head of Chronic Guitars; and sporting Lollar humbuckers. Fender Telecaster, Ibanez RG 150
Amps: 1978 Marshall JMP 50 watt w/ Marshall 1922 2x12 enclosed back cabinet. Fender Twin
Pedals: Boss TU-2, I’m currently re-vamping my pedal board
Musical Influences: The Beatles, Phish, Tom Petty, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Eat World, Guster, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Motown, R&B, The Beach Boys.
Favorite movie - The Big LebowskiMovie quote - "Now who can argue with that? I think we're all indebt to Gabby Johnson for stating what needed to be said. I am particulary glad that these lovely children are here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish, it expressed the courage little seen in this day and age."
Hobbies - running, reading, crossfit, listening to NPR, RadioLab, and may other podcasts.Influential album - A Live One - PhishFavorite singers - Brian Wilson, Nic Cester, Kele Okereke, Matthew Belamy, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole, Robert Plant, Justin Timberlake, Jason Mraz, Bobby McFerrin
.People often think I’m? - Seth Meyers
Favorite video game - The Fallout Series
East Coast or West Coast - Gotta go West for the weather, East for the fun.
Bass; when I was 16, I lived a gray, dull existence listening to crappy late 90s nu-metal more out of obligation than any real interest. One day, as my dead eyes were scanning lazily over a record store shelf, I made the first good musical decision of his life and bought Master of Puppets by Metallica. 5 minutes later, my face was rocked, my mind was blown, and a light went on in my eyes. I bought a guitar immediately, setting off a chain of events that led me to Chicago. Unfortunately, for all my efforts, the guitar never quite fit under my hands. Seeking a musical outlet more suited to my clumsy, sausage-like fingers, I bought my first bass in 2009. The light went on once again, as I learned the power of the rhythm section and the sanctity of the groove.
A few months later I went to my first band audition as a bassist. I was not taken, but I was invited back twice. On the third audition, Hot Hot Robot picked me up. Since that day in early 2010, I've delivered powerful and intricate bass lines and deepened my relationship with the almighty thump.
Gear: Start with one Fender Precision Bass Special, tuned to perfection via TC Electronics Polytune pedal. Thumpy-growly grooves then travel via Planet Waves cable to a Genz-Benz Neo-Pak 3.5 head and Avatar cabinets (1x15 and 2x10), delivering the groove to your ears and forcing compulsory booty-shaking. On occasion, weird noises and nastiness are provided by a Pigtronix Distortion pedal.
Musical Influences: Rush's Geddy Lee was my early hero on bass, but these days I prefer to keep the technical stuff in check and focus more on the groove. These days, my style is influenced by 70s classic rockers, hip-hop, disco, and stoner metal in that order. Ed Friedland's Bass Grooves is the one book every bass player needs to own.
Favorite TV shows: Mad Men, The Wire, The Venture Brothers, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek TNG.
Influential albums: My Bloody Valentine - Loveless, Mastodon – Blood Mountain, Rush – Permanent Waves, Funkadelic – Mothership Connection.
People often think I’m: That dude from Smallville who plays Superman. Seriously, someone said that on the CTA to me once. I don't see it.
Fake accents you can do: exaggerated JFK, 80s action movie Russian, Foghorn Leghorn.
What kind of soap do you use: that C.O. Bigelow stuff that comes in multicolored tubes. They are sexy in a tube.
Do you want to bring sexy back: Why bother? It comes in a tube.
Favorite drink: Maker's Mark. Bourbon in general tickles my happy place
Favorite video game: Mass Effect 2 at the moment. God of War never disappoints, and Shadow of the Colossus is a work of art. And I keep coming back to Super Mario 3.
Drummer, Drum Programmer, Producer. Born and Raised in Chicago, but traveled the world. Toured with Destiny's Child, Common, Leigh Jones, Animate Objects, Just Infinite, Dirty MF, and a host of others. Been playing drums since the age of 6. Quiet goofball, with a passion for basketball, bowling and chess; Yes a nerd ladies and gentlemen!! but a cool nerd. KNOW THAT!!! Inspired by the masses and all I hear and see.
Drums: Yamaha Maple Or Beech Custom.
Cymbals: Zildjian k custom dark or A custom, with various effects cymbals.
Snares: Too many to name...I own 17!!
Musical Influences: Nirvana, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Dave Matthews, Chic Corea, Disturbed, Israel Houghton, Ramsey Lewis
Favorite Actor: Al Pacino
Influential Album: Thriller
Hobbies: Music, reading, MMA, poker, bowling, traveling
Favorite Singer All Time: Marvin Gaye
Favorite Current Singer: Jill Scott
Favorite Movie Quote:"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist". Usual Suspects