The Mishap Begins on January 25th, 2009. When a band meeting commenced with two former members of Kinky Porcupine gathered at the house of James Guerin (Guitar/Main Vocals) along with drummer Erica Forman (Drums/Alt Vocals) joined along with long time friend Drew Schumacher (Bass). Along with several of our friends at the meeting, the band discussed moving on after the departures of our former bassist and guitar/harp player.
It turned out to be quite the beginning, like a pheonix rising from the ashes, when the band got together for those first jam sessions at Phase 1 Sound Studio. The band would concentrate it's focus on streamlining the sound, playing more aggressively, and making sure that humor and good vibes would be an essential part of the music! Many tunes that were popularized by "K.P." have carried over the new band, such as Lost Socks Department, Molly, and Be. Not only did the old songs sound great with Drew learning the parts in record time and with a new flair, James had presented some material that wasn't appropriate for the old band, and these have turned into some really fresh sounding songs that really get people going! These include: Ska?, Don't Think Twice (About Me), Hottie Raver Girl, and Thirst Annihilator!
What was evident right away was the new connection in the rhythm section, with Erica and Drew locking in real fast with that wicked 5 string bass! The music seems to have more urgency than ever. As a frontman, James has been excelling in more open interpretation in his solos and writing, as well as have a much greater stage presence, using Drew to bounce his energy off of.
Each session always has yielded some extraordinary open jam, a secret only shared by the few special people who have been at rehearsals. Good folks like Shannon Rice, Emily Fasolino, Rob Figuero, Gillian Sgroi, Collette Gushue, Craig Pyes and Nicki Andrews have been essential in helping us. Whether it's been providing us with photos, videos, beer, Sparks, vocals, website development and overall encouragement!
Some people may recall, there was a huge debate over renaming the band, which lasted for a while. Erica had been insiting on keeping the old name, and after weeks of haggling and brainstorming within the band and hearing ideas from friends, The Mishap Brigade was the name that stuck!
As things started rolling, the band planned "The First Mishap" at Traxx in Ronkokoma. The debut performance of The Mishap Brigade was set for Saturday June 13th, 2009. In what could seriously be only described as a potential disaster turned into a triumphant evening. The Brigade split the evening with two other bands, The 20Belows who took the long trip all the way from Denmark to play two gigs that night, and Ionize. When the Danish band discovered they could not go on without certain gear, The Mishap Brigade stepped up the plate and delivered drums and amps, and of course our fans who showed up in force! Some of the best punk rock was put on display by The 20Belows, who hung around and listened to The Mishap Brigade's set before leaving to catch their next gig in Manahttan at midnight. Since the night had some cancellations The Mishap Brigade rocked out and put in some overtime, playing a blistering, high-energy 80 minute set, which included every song in our repertoire. Our friends in Ionize capped off the night with a nice long set as well. A preverbial tip of the cap to all who made it a great night and of course Kevin Traxx!
The next and most recent conquest was two weeks later also at Traxx, where The Mishap Brigade opened the Be-In Hard Rock Fundraiser II which included a number of awesome acts. Once again the band played with aggressiveness and passion, and fans were treated to one of those jams during soundcheck. The night concluded with a special appearance of Erica Forman guest drumming with Steve Lieberman The Gangsta Rabbi!
The history so far of The Mishap Brigade all be it short has been intense and filled with fantastic oppertunities to grow and prosper. With the support of our awesome fans, The Mishap Brigade is sure to only get better. So make it a point to come see the band live and support your local bands.