The Distorted Waltz is not your average rock band. Drawing on numerous (and in many cases conflicting) musical influences, The Distorted Waltz represents a new fringe in the Indie rock community. Their music is a melting pot of genres, effortlessly blending elements of Blues, Alternative, Grunge, Ska, Punk, & Progressive rock in to a unique and idiosyncratic sound. Roaring guitars and piercing vocals mix seamlessly with soulful bass and frantic drumming. On stage, the manic energy of Jeglic and Hofmann combine with the stoic precision of Peil and Miller to create a live performance that demands to be seen.
The history of the band dates back to the early 2000′s, when Jeglic and Hofmann met in marching band. Both mellophone players, they quickly bonded over their common interests in music, especially rock and grunge. The two decided early on to play music together, and spent years casually jamming and playing in various garage bands. All that would change when they met Cody Marecek. A friend of Jeglic’s younger brother, the 12 year old Marecek sat in on an impromptu jam session with Jeglic and Hofmann, and the three instantly meshed. The trio began to rehearse after school as a formal band, and quickly developed their skills as a unit. Using the name “Any Old Stranger”, the band played two performances, one a school talent show, and one for a Relay For Life event, before disbanding.
The band went their separate ways for 5 years, honing their skills separately, while Marecek remained in highschool and Hofmann and Jeglic were away in college. After looking back on the fun of being in a band together, a decision was made to reunite to record some music casually. The Distorted Waltz was formally created in August 2011, when the trio entered Reed Recording Company of Bay City to record two songs. The results far exceeded expectations, with the band tighter, the songs better, and the singing drastically improved when compared to their performances half a decade before. A decision was made to record a full length album. Due to the distance between members (Jeglic being separated from the others due to attending Michigan State University), the album was recorded over a year in 5 different sessions. The end result was an eclectic collection of songs, the eponymous The Distorted Waltz. The album gained strongly positive press, scoring an 8 of 10 on PlanetMosh.com, and a 4 of 5 on ListenToTheMitten.com, who declared The Distorted Waltz was “Bound to become a powerhouse in the Michigan rock scene”. The Distorted Waltz has received frequent airplay in London, England, and the band and the album are going to be featured in the next issue of Fireworks Music Magazine, a notable music magazine out of London.
As The Distorted Waltz began to perform, the band quickly hired Matt Miller to round out the group as a second guitarist and backing vocalist, and formed the final version of its roster by hiring local drumming standout, Connor Peil, to replace the departing Marecek. The band began relentlessly touring Michigan in support of the debut album, playing with innumerable local bands, as well as opening for regional acts such as Tension Head and C.J. Boyd. Through relentless performing, The Distorted Waltz has cemented itself as an extremely powerful live act and an essential unit of the Bay City music scene. Simultaneously, the band returned to Reed Recording Company to begin recording their sophomore effort, which is slated to be released in early 2014. With their unique spin on alternative rock and relentless touring, The Distorted Waltz are rapidly gaining reputation as one of Michigan’s finest new rock bands.