The Piranha Bros. Band was formed in 1977 by Michael Piranha. Tom Piranha,
Jesse Abarca, and Phil Miller. Over the course of two decades they have enjoyed the
privilege of making a fine living by rocking their audiences live and recorded, with
their great playing and showmanship. Although Jesse and Phil have long since
moved on, Michael and Tom have lead the band through three record label deals,
years of touring, and over nine thousand live shows and still show up and play with
the same intensity that became the band's trademark 30 years ago. Presenting
their music in a deft blend of classic rock and funk, sparkling originals, and
up-to-the-minute rock hits, they stand alone in their ability to reach almost every
audience member with a sincere shot of that person's own fave type of music.
The Piranha Bros. Band called Chicago their home from their inception until 1992,
when Tom and Michael moved to Honolulu, finally giving in to the dream they
spoke of frequently, as they performed in Hawaii on a regular basis. Along the way,
they recorded two CDs worth of material for MCA Records, released on Japan's
Alfa label (entitled WIDOWS), and were signed to Jimmy Ienner's
RENDEZVOUS record label here in the US.
They have recorded with, played with, and opened for
the likes of WAR, OZZY OSBOURNE, TOTO, BO DIDDLEY, THE KNACK, JAMES COTTON, ELVIN BISHOP, POPA CHUBBY, PAT TRAVERS, SMASHING PUMPKINS, CHEAP TRICK, JEFFERSON STARSHIP, RICK SPRINGFIELD, and others. In an industry about as stable as nitroglycerin and as trendy as a super model's wardrobe, The Piranha Bros. Band have proven that being great at what you do is only half the battle. Their intense love of the music they make
has enabled them to surf every wave of success and hardship that has come their way. They are the very epitome of Rock Warriors. AND...they're funny as Hell to boot.
In 2000, Michael Piranha's solo CD SILHOUETTE ARTIST won the Hawaiian Music Award for Best Rock Album.
Michael and Tom have recently been the subject of a Bobby Gene Leonard directed – reality show pilot entitled Take Me to the Music, chronicling their three-decade journey through the currents of professional performance and recording. Look for the film to be released soon.
In March of 2008 Tom and Michael were joined by friend and local rock guitar icon Stephen Inglis, a bonafide Hawaiian music celebrity in his own right. It seems to be a fine union of veteran rock friendship and talent.
The Piranha Brothers Band have recently signed with Shawn Moseley's AUMAKUA Records. Stephen is also signed to Aumakua, and is presently recording his 4th solo album.