Chops (aka Gary A. MacConnie) was born and grew up Connecticut's greater New Haven area. An avid follower of music and subculture, it was an eventuality that he settled down in the Elm City, a hub for underground music. In June of 2015, he and his wife relocated to Lafayette, Indiana.
Past and present musical endeavors have included Toxic Elvis, D-FY, Boiling Man, Broken Bottles, Disaster Party, Boot Riot, Barleywine, No !mage and Collins & MacConnie (both The Dammy Bhoys and The Rabble Rousers.
He has shared the stage, played events with or sat in with such artists and groups as...
Murphy's Law, The Business, The Misfits, The Anti-Heroes, Warzone, Hatebreed, The Pist, Government Issue, Darkbuster, Nasty Disaster, Drago, Flogging Molly, The Bloodshot Hooligans, Lion Of Judah, Cause For Alarm, The Kerry Boys, The Highland Rovers, John Whelan, The Baltimore Footstompers, Padraig Allen & The Whole Shebang & The McLean Avenue Band, Oxymoron, Darren Maloney, The Stratford Mercenaries, SFA, Retching Red, Broken, Joe Gerhard, The Dropkick Murphys, De Drangdüwels, Showcase Showdown, 595, Pio Ryan, The Ducky Boys, Jessica Semins, The Spoilers, Balzac, Assrash, The Unseen, Allen Gogarty, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, The Cobra-Matics, Citizen Fish, Sean McCabe, Bob Log III, Neglect, Dave Barckow & Vonnie Quinn, Los Crudos, Sasquatch & The Sickabillies, Archaic Pax, Isaac Alderson, Two Man Advantage and countless others.