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"Every millennium four music gods from four dimensions
of the universe would each adopt a mortal.
And that's how a kick-ass four-piece band is born." - pip
"I feel like a tired old man from sometime in the past, who gets reincarnated in the future, just to be sent back again to the present. And that's how sometimes good music is written... by a tired old man." A former cast member of Tony Award®-winning musicals incuding Disney's Broadway "The Lion King" (NYC), "The King & I", and "Man of La Mancha", Pip majored and studied dance, theater, music, performance art, design, and programming. Loves data and entrepreneurship. Comes from an awesome family with his own loving wife, four kids, and a dog. "Songwriting is a must for me to live." Born in Manila, grew up in Los Angeles, started a family in New York City, and now loving San Diego.
Southern Oregon-born San Diego based musician, Michael Heater has been performing with a variety of musicians and bands up and down the west coast since 1996. Influenced by the family’s love for big band jazz and country western swing, as well healthy dose of 90’s Christian rock. Everything from Asleep at the Wheel and Riders in the Sky to Audio Adrenaline and Switchfoot.Favorite stops along the way have included time with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble while studying at the University of Oregon, a stint with Eugene-based band Caleb and Sol, a summer in China with the 2008 Olympic Orchestra in Beijing, an appearance on Eugene-based artist and long-time friend Dennis Hvass 2010 album, “In the Key of D,” time with San Diego-based rock band Sometimes Julie, and most recently as an original member of San Diego-based band Pip and the Lefties.
A recognized and accomplished bassist, Bruce Paul Allen was born and raised in Los Angeles. By age five, he shunned children’s music in favor of more contemporary sounds. He regularly found himself forming drum beats in his mind and told his friends that someday, he’ll be in a band. His early record collection included The Doors; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Beatles; CCR; The Guess Who; and Sly and the Family Stone. His grandparents’ neighbors were Herb Alpert and Neil Young. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Allen established roots in Boston where he played in multiple local bands and recorded on several albums, including Torian and Winterboy. Music critics have characterized Allen’s playing as melodic, iconoclastic, and at times, idiosyncratic. Despite the allure of five- and six-string basses along with multiple effects, Allen prefers the organic sound and feel of original vintage four-string instruments plugged directly (i.e., without effects pedals).
Born and raised in the hard working blue collar suburbs of New Jersey that Bruce Springsteen sings about, Eric started playing guitar at age 11 after listening to too many of his parents AC/DC albums and thinking, ‘yeah I could do that too’. Eric strives to incorporate the clean rhythms of funk, the passionate melodies of the blues, and the raw energy and fun riffs of classic rock into his playing. Preferring a guitar effect collection that is often described as excessive, he likes experimenting with new sounds and finding new textures to add to the mix. Some of his current guitar heroes include Gary Clark Jr, Cory Wong, Stevie Ray Vaughn and (of course) the late great Eddie Van Halen. “People talk loud when they want act smart, right? So if we play loud, people might think we’re good.”
The band would like to thank all our friends and families for your continuous love and support.
Special thanks to Alan Sanderson (Pacific Beat Recording) and Franz Krachtus (band photos) for your
amazing talent and contribution to the project.
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