Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers began as a family band of the Fudacz brothers. Brian (guitar), Jim (drums) and Steve (bass) started out jamming in the basement of their parent's home in Hinsdale Illinois. Influenced by classic rock of the 60's, 70's and 80's, they began writing at an early age, honing their craft during their teens. Their style exhibited the influence of Cream, The Who, Van Halen, and Cheap Trick. Showing an early propensity for writing original rock music, Brian, Jim and Steve penned songs including Shining Down On Me, Lady Luck, Dreaming A Dream and other gems. Things took a tragic turn in 2001 when the youngest Fudacz brother and bassist Steve died from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Fast forward several months. Brian and Jim felt the need to start writing again, and wrote the song Standing Here Today; a poignant rock song about rapid changes in life, and the experience of losing their brother. Family member and bassist Dan Harps began jamming with the Fudacz brothers. The good chemistry of the new trio was apparent during the first jam when playing classic rock tunes and improvised jams. One of the jams became the instrumental Nebulous Funk. Although the song is a brief 2 minutes long on the album, in live performances, the jam clocks in at 6 or 7 minutes as the trio improvises changes and trades call and response licks. The trio picked the name Band of Brothers and polished their original material to go into the studio to record their full length self-titled debut album in May 2008. They chose Carterco Recording in Chicago for their project. Jamie Carter owns the studio that is located in a 100 year old industrial building on the Chicago River. The cover shot of the album is a photo taken from the studio's control room window looking east on Cermak Road toward Chinatown. Many of the songs were recorded as first takes with some overdubs and has the feel of their live performance. Brian started playing the guitar at age 16, and took lessons from Joel Hoekstra in his late teens. He is influenced by guitar driven rock bands, songwriters, and vocal groups such as Van Halen, Cream, Black Sabbath, Government Mule, The Who, Elton John, and Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Band of Brothers is Brian's main band, but he also plays with the Odd Pops. Brian's plays an Ernie Ball/Music Man EVH, Gibson Les Paul, Peavey Wolfgang, and Epiphone Dot semi-hollow body electric guitars, and a Larivee acoustic guitar. His amplifiers include a Peavey Classic 410 and a Peavey 5150. The EVH and the Wolfgang were played through the 5150 for the majority of this record, and the Larivee was played on My Love. Jim started hitting the skins at age 16, much to the dismay of his parents. He started playing classic rock music, using heavy sticks and breaking many cymbals and drum heads. He is lucky enough to be one of the very few musicians to play with one band his entire life, and wouldn't trade it for anything. He current plays Yamaha drums and will likely never find cymbals he likes. Jim also played a Remo 12 inch Djembe on My Love. Dan studied bass and guitar with guitarist Stu Pearce, and bassist Dennis Johnson of the bands Chase and Survivor. Dan's bass influences include Jeff Berlin, Jaco Pastorius, Geddy Lee, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle and Stanley Clark. In addition to Band of Brothers, he plays with Brian in the Trop-Rock band Odd Pops and in the jazz band Ron Smith and the Lamplighters. He played the club circuit of Chicagoland for many years with the Southsiders, Ashcraft, RPM and several other bands. For The Band of Brothers Recordings, Dan played Lakland 4 and 5 string basses, and vintage Fender Jazz and Precision basses. A Sans Amp bass driver through an SWR Basic Black provided overdrive tones, and a Radial DI was used for clean tone. He played a Tenor-Lead "C" steel drum for the solo in the song Dreaming a Dream.