Blending their influences of rock, blues, funk, and old-fashioned jamming, The ChinStraps sound was forged in 2009 by Rob Mohr (guitar, drums, vocals), Brian O'Connor (guitar, vocals), and Ian Mathews (bass, vocals). The band is based at the Fallout Shelter in Bergenfield, NJ.
The ChinStraps are more than a band. They are a collective of talented musicians who come and go as the group progresses. Their performances and recordings revolve around the core members, but they feature skilled artists like longtime friend & guitarist Eddie McElroy, drummer Pete Elias, and the band's manager, Keith DeLoghery on harmonica.
The group's goal to bring their music to the people shows itself in many ways. They have a tradition of releasing new material each and every month, with a compilation album released at year's end. Their live performance videos are often posted for free, as well.
The band came together through chance meetings, old friendships and now-defunct musical projects. What started as an impromptu jam session grew into an open-door opportunity for local players, and The ChinStraps were born. The vast mix of styles and sounds could only happen by reaching out to as many visionary artists as possible. With their mix of youth and experience, they aim to create not only music born of improvisation, but a complete catalog of radio-friendly and jam-worthy songs, sure to leave listeners mesmerized.