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Stuck At Zero / Bio

Born out of two cover bands with a slight flavor of originals mixed in, Stuck At Zero was created. You'll hear some of Dan, Travis and Matt's old favorite covers from previous bands from time to time, but it's all original music the rest of the way.

Daniel “Doc” Oswald found his love for music when at age seven he wrote his first song on an old living room piano. He found his voice, however, when he pulled an old guitar out of the closet and learned some chords. “Doc” spent a childhood listening to his father’s Beethoven and John Denver records, and a later youth influenced such acts as the Pixies, the Police, and David Bowie As a result, his playing and writing are eclectic but oddly familiar. Doc’s lyrics touch on a range of human experience from life during the Cold War to the uncertainty of human relationships.

Matt Jacobs grew up listening to his Father's records of the Beatles, The Who, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elvis, and the Great American Hero Theme Song. He ended up taking drum lessons beginning in the third grade when he had to accompany his sister to her piano lessons. Taught by David Jennings of the David Jennings Acoustic Ensemble, he went on to play through high school in the marching band and various other garage bands and had his first gig at the Homecoming Assembly with David Calzaretta of Chicago's Maggie Speaks. He finds his inspiration from the Foo Fighters, Tonic, Sister Hazel, and many others. Also, he likes Hostess Fruit Pies.

Travis Kick - Known by his friends as T-Rex, T-Dog, Travertine, or the Good Looking One, Kick has been laying down the funky grooves since he received the sacred bass from on high. The gods of the bottom end told him, "Go therefore and amazeballs the people with with your raw power." With sheer authority, each thunderous note stabs at Kick's fan's innocent naivete. As Bass Player magazine has described, "Travis Kick's playing will tear through an audience's innocence like Mary Kay Letourneau in a room full of 12-year-old boys." Known by Stuck@Zero fans everywhere as "You know, the one who isn't fugly," Kick finds musical inspiration in his many past times such as drinking alcohol, sipping alcohol, chugging alcohol, and watercolor painting.

Along with the tasty originals that grab their influences from bands like the Police, the Replacements, etc, we play a wide variety of covers from the 70's through the 90s. And not your typical covers. Songs that you hear on the radio, you love, and you catch yourself singing along too, but that not the ones you hear over and over. Bands like Men At Work, Foo Fighters, The Pixies, Barenaked Ladies, and Richard Marx (heck, yeah!).

We are available for low keyed acoustic gigs, and fully powered up and ready to go (we go to 11). Any event, any venue!

General Info

Band Members
Dan - Guitar/Vocals, Travis - Bass/Vocals and Matt - Drums/Vocals
Artist Name
Stuck At Zero
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Alternative

Contact Info

Vernon Hills, IL
One of us....depends on the day. Start with Matt.

Similar Artists

  • The Police
  • Foo fighers
  • Green Day