The Pikeys was formed in fall of 2010 by Ben Mentze and Mike Dalton with the sole mission of having a lot of fun while putting on a great show for whatever audience would have them. Their first show consisted of a handful of songs with Bobby Myers on Drums, Steve Bellotti on bass, and Arthur Cummings filling out the sound on acoustic guitar. Soon thereafter, Trevor Miller would join them to add a more traditional Irish flair with his array of tin whistles.
The boys quickly went into the studio and recorded a rough demo containing a handful of traditional Irish tunes, with a Pikey spin, and the original "Ginny's Pasties." Bobby would leave shortly thereafter and Arthur put down his guitar and moved behind the drum kit.
Feeling the need for a more diverse sound, Ben posted an ad to Craigslist with a link to a couple of the recorded songs. Carl Ogren was playing guitar in a punk band but had a mandolin gathering dust in his closet. He contacted Ben, brushed up a bit, and came to practice. The boys weren't so sure about him until he started playing Danzig and Metallica riffs. (Trevor still isn't impressed.) Carl quit his punk band and became a full time Pikey shortly thereafter.
2012 was a time of transition for The Pikeys. Steve stepped down to spend more time with his growing family. Greg Young had filled in a few times and agreed to take the position full time. Trevor stepped down to focus on his yacht rock band, Fondue Fantasy, and his final show was Irishpalooza 2012. Our friends in Stout Rebellion also played their last official show that night. As soon as the last note faded, Eve Kuffner and her accordion were asked to become full time Pikeys. She agreed. The boys peed their pants in excitement.
Early in 2013 The Pikeys recorded what was supposed to be a rough demo at Pus Cavern in Sacramento. The five tracks, four originals and a booze-soaked cover of Whiskey In The Jar, came out better than expected and it was declared it to be The Pikeys first EP.
Over time the sound progressed to include original tunes, traditional Irish songs, unexpected covers, and even some a capella sing-a-longs. The boys are just as comfortable playing with punk and metal bands as they are other Irish bands and in venues large and small.
Late in 2013 Greg would step down and Glenn Newport would bring his formidable rock chops to The Pikeys bass section. He learned a massive stack of songs just in time for St Patrick's Day 2014.
Following St Pat's 2014 Arthur "told us to get bent, and we cried like school girls at a One Direction concert. He said he had a family to support. We said that we were his family and always would be. Then we all felt each other's nipples and had a good cry." The search for a new drummer was arduous, at best, but eventually Patrick Hennessey was coaxed to ascend the throne.
Trevor Miller started showing up for practice once in a while and today gigs with the Pikeys when he can. The boys are happy to have him as a Part-Time-Pikey. Eve accepted a job requiring a massive commute and she bid her farewell to The Pikeys at Harlow's with our set at Irishpalooza 2014; the biggest ever!
Today, The Pikeys are working hard on new original material and hope to go into the studio early in 2015.