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Leviathans Choir has been in existence in some way shape or form since the mid 90’s. In the early 2000’s founding member Matt Yaeger and lifetime friend Doug Balmes joined forces writing and performing a handful of acoustic songs at various bars and open mic stages. Eventually, Jer Smith and Mark Burns were added on drums and bass respectively, and a heavier electric sound. The band began to progr...ess playing the Kenosha and Lake County circuits.
In 2003, the band shocked a lot of people by finishing as a finalist for a local battle of the bands knocking off several older more established acts in the process. Also in 2003, Jer Smith would step away from the drumset in order to work more on booking and promotion. Tim Noonan took over behind the kit playing several shows before heading into the studio to record the first full length album.
In June of 2004 “Breach” was officially released, recorded by WAMI award winning jazz artist Zac Fell and mastered by studio legend Gary Tanin. The band also signed a distribution deal with Rocket Records USA. “Breach” received international attention, from airplay in both North and South America, to press in the UK. The band also began playing out as much as possible throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.
In 2005, the band would go through another period of change. Doug Balmes would leave the band and Matt Yaeger assumed the bulk of the vocal duties. It would take some time, but Matt, Mark and Tim would emerge stronger than ever as a fierce power trio that became known for their high energy live shows.
In 2006, a follow up to “Breach” was recorded with Zac at the controls and Gary putting the master’s touch. “Reasons and Rubbish” was released in 2007, and received some minor college and internet radio airplay. It was also at this time the band was at their busiest, playing almost weekly across the Midwest. The culmination was a chance to live a childhood dream in September when the band took the stage at Alpine Valley.
In the summer of 08, Mark Burns would depart the group for Minnesota, and later form “The Trends”. Matt and Tim kept active playing a lighter schedule with a handful of bassists, and eventually just as a 2 piece, creating a sound so big that people would say “why bother adding a bass player?”
In early 2010 the band went on a temporary hiatus for a year. Today, Matt and Tim are hard at work writing new material and working on a heavy live schedule for 2012,as well as a few more surprises!