The Sheep Fiends are simply the best group of musicians that I know.
I feel truly blessed to have the ongoing opportunity to make so much music
with this entertaining bunch. I would describe The Sheep Fiends as an
attempt to recalibrate a balance, demonstrating a more social approach to
music. The Sheep Fiends, like Jackson Pollock or Neil Cassidy, bring a
sense of the immediate, transient and spontaneous subconscious into a
The Sheep Fiends project started just a few years before the internet, let
alone YouTube, became a thing. We live in the first generations where the
recording of music has even been possible and I appreciate having been
amongst the first to be able to explore the freedoms provided as technology
makes it easier to inexpensively record and share music.
Considering The Sheep Fiends improvisational approach to composition, one
might expect the resulting music to degenerate constantly into chaos, going
nowhere, destination zero. It delights me time and again when a great song
appears out of the nowhere aether. I think The Sheep Fiends are unique
in the way we fuse an improvisational spirit with contemporary or popular
music. I always find it fun when people are surprised to find we never
rehearse our songs and we only play them once. If anything, that is our
Because many musicians have been involved with The Sheep Fiends over several
decades, there is a wide variety of genres always being explored. Lately, I
have been noticing a gravitation towards a more progressive rock sound. The
Sheep Fiends Fiends explore a wide range of emotion, both light and dark.
Music being the cathartic expressions reflecting immediate dreams, joys,
hopes, concerns, worries and despair.
I do not find it surprising that a band like The Sheep Fiends came from
Chicago. Chicago has a rich history of improvisation across jazz, blues,
live comedy like Second City,
and improvisational theatre like by
Influences of mention include: Jim O'Rourke, The Velvet Underground, early
Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Smiths, Black Sabbath, Radiohead,
Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Neil Young and Hawkwind.
The photo of me on this page was taken "On Stage" at the EMP Museum in
Seattle - kind of like playing Guitar Hero on steroids. So this is not a
photo of me playing with the Fiends, but I think it is fun.
Enjoy, and remember, feedback is your friend.