The Droppers refuse to be your typical cliché band. They don't just want to be the music playing in the background of life. They want to capture your heart, mind, and soul with their melodies. The members want to inspire and connect with their audience on a level that has never been felt before. They believe in the intense power of their music and feel that you will as well. Joe Puccio (Lead Singer) was once quoted "Our songs are powerful because they are raw. Our songs come from our lives, true experiences, and emotions. Every lyric has a meaning. We don't use words for the sake of creating a song, or to "just make it fit." We use them to communicate and convey emotion. To Connect..." Their music will deliver a message to you that you will understand. Their motto is the title of their debut CD. "Live for today." The Dropper’s all realize that we will be laying 6 feet under much longer than we are on top of this glorious planet. So we are just trying to live for fun and not the long run." That statement really touches base with most people. It's a true reflection of how each member lives their lives. Each of which is extremely dedicated to what they do, and they enjoy doing it to the fullest extent. No regrets.
The band was originally founded by a small group of friends on a surf trip one fateful summer in Mexico. Too much sun, and a few too many cerveza's led to an all-night jam session consisting of one solitary song everyone knew. One of the founding members Barry (Who is no longer with the group) came up with the name original name The Panty Droppers referring to an old joke his father once told him. The name has since been shortened to The Droppers once the band realized they honestly had something more to offer to the world besides booze and dirty jokes.
The Droppers current lineup consists of a stellar cast of musicians and songwriters:
• Joe Puccio - Lead Vocals \ Rhythm Guitar
• Mike Walton - Lead Guitar
• Julio Arana - Drums
• Shaun Lopez - Bass
• Elias Schwartzman –Violin
• Tim Newman - Saxophone
The band has evolved from a cover band to a fun-loving rock band that fuses together many elements from various genre's such as Alternative, Folk, Classic Rock, and Indie in order to create an original home-grown sound that is rivaled by no one. Even though the band was born of modest means, their music is anything but ordinary. Their sound mixes elements of other amazing groups such as The Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, and U2.
Lyrically, they address everything from stories of good times to more serious subject matter. The song "Crime" focuses on one of the member's fight with alcoholism. "Destiny" revolves around the ideas that an individual does not have to be a slave to fate. "Rushing to our Graves" was inspired by the masses that live their lives like an obituary instead of actually enjoying the moments presented to them in the present.
The Droppers have performed at numerous popular venues across Southern California. The Whisky a go-go, The Derby, The Joint, The Key Club (where they were a Top 10 finalist out of 900 in a Battle of the Band competition) and Safari Sam's just to name a few. They have also performed for the March of Dimes Charity Group on several occasions for audiences of thousands. The band has also performed at various outdoor venues such as Balboa Park in San Diego, CA for 10,000 people, and Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA for 6,000. Even an impromptu performance atop an RV at the world famous Stagecoach Music Festival. That just goes to show that they will play anywhere at any time. The Droppers have also had the pleasure of sharing a stage with such amazing talent as Eddie Money, The Gin Blossoms, and William Tell.
You can pick up a copy of The Droppers’ debut album, Live for Today, on iTunes or Amazon.com.
Joe Puccio: Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitar
Joe has been the driving force behind the band since its beginning. He is last original Founding Member left in the band. He has worked hard to surround himself with incredible musicians and it shows in the energy that he exudes on stage. Its hard to watch him and not wish you were dancing right next to him. His energy pours off the stage and catches any crowd I have seen him perform in front of. He reminds us all how much fun we have doing what we’re doing, and that is why we are here in the first place. It's safe to say that he is a great leader. The band has come a long way since its inception and Joe has continued to surround himself with talented musicians that add to the continuity of the band and the uniqueness of the sound while refining his talents. Joe's great showmanship and charisma always gets the crowd involved and motivated to let loose and enjoy themselves.
Mike Walton: Lead Guitar
Mike started playing guitar 20 years ago in the San Francisco bay area. Forming his first band in high school, he honed his skills on songs by REM, Pearl Jam, U2, Weezer, Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, and many other staples from the mid 90's. Since moving to Orange County in 2001, he has played in many projects as a bassist and a guitarist, from small acoustic coffee house groups to hard rocking tribute bands, and everything in between.
Mike is the newest member of the Droppers, Joining the band in June of 2014 he brings to the table a dedication to the sound and a bold approach to some familiar concepts in music. Right off the bat he has expanded the nature of the sound and added a flair that we hadn’t even approached before. Mike’s perfectionism will definitely be a great addition to the band and help us refine the sound and get us one step closer to perfection and continuity.
Julio Arana: Drummer
Born in Guadalajara Mexico and raised in Orange County, he has been playing drums for 15 years. Julio comes from a long line of musicians, mostly violin players starting with his grandfather, uncles and cousins. He grew up watching his grandfather play and t