The family of musicians who make up Sea Monsters are usual suspects in the Cambridge/Somerville, MA music community. Founder Christian McNeill, a native of Derry, Northern Ireland, who moved to Boston 14 years ago, is making a strong push to be the hardest worker on the far banks of the Charles. In addition to his regular Sea Monsters gig, you can see him on Wednesdays at Toad with Tim Gearan (a regular Sea Monsters' guest) and Jimmy Ryan, and occasionally around town with his other projects Caged Birds, the Dangerous Brothers, and the Redeemers. He is also a member of Orchestra Morphine, performing the songs of Mark Sandman.
Jesse Dee, has a budding solo career. He spent the last two weeks touring Europe and plans to go back for festival dates in the summer. In March he packed the Paradise Rock Club with his solo act, and in the past year opened for heroes Al Green and Etta James, a great line on the resume of any young soul singer.
Brothers Scott and John Aruda play trumpet and saxophone, respectively, and make up one of the most in-demand horn sections in the area. Guitarist Lyle Brewer is a full-time member of fiancee Sarah Borges's band, the Broken Singles. Regular drummer Tom Arey holds together the up-and-coming psychedelic-rock outfit Nate Wilson Group. And bassist Mike Miksis provides the low end in many of McNeill’s projects.