The Brook House Band is named for the band’s
practice space, Ken’s renovated old mill house overlooking a
The origins of The
Brook House Band itself can be
traced all the way back to the Big Bang: sharing interests in
astronomy and cosmology as well as music, Ron (bass, guitar, vocals)
and Chris (guitar, vocals, harmonica) belonged to the same
astronomical society for years without really knowing each other.
Some years after the
Big Bang, in late 2010, Ron found and contacted Chris through a
networking site for musicians just as Chris’s previous band,
Hard Rain, was
breaking up. (Cosmologists will please take notice of this evidence
against sheer randomness and for some manner of synchronicity in the
Universe.) The two met for beer and pizza at a restaurant that was
hosting an open mic session. They hit it off personally and
musically, did some solos and impromptu duets, got lots of encore
requests, turned a pretty low-key open mic session into a high-energy
party-to-end-all-parties, and decided, yes, they should start a band.
Months earlier that
same year, Ken (percussion, vocals) and Chris had connected at a jam
session, where both had expressed their interest in working on a
project together should a future opportunity arise. Now, in the Brook
House, at their first session together with Ron, the three clicked
personally, instrumentally, and vocally, falling spontaneously into
tight three-part harmonies. That experience, plus the discovery that
we were born within thirteen months of each other, led to a sense of
fulfilled destiny, as corny as that might sound.
For about a year, the
three searched for a fourth person to round out the band and enable
them to play on the sort of music they wanted to play. Then Dan
(keys, vocals) appeared out of the woods, so to speak, living only a
few stones’ throws through the woods from the Brook House.
The goal of The
Brook House Band, aside from having
lots of fun, is simply to play great rock music right, with high
energy and faithfulness to detail that will make you want to hear it
again and again.