ONCE UPON A TIME

A musician is absolutely nothing without influences, peers, teachers, bandmates, friends, and numerous clicks on the odometer.
Throughout the years, I've been blessed with the great fortune of collaborating with a diverse group of knuckleheads, many of whom I still hold near and dear as great friends.  They've given me the richness of experience that continues to carry me forward.


SOLO

Since late 2013, I've been writing and recording as a solo artist. 
It's been a fun and exciting ride so far...


ORIGINAL BANDS

KING MIXER 
(2018 - Present)
Power-pop extravaganza led by Chicago singer/songwriter Eric Howell.
A glorious celebration of all things melodic, across multiple genres and timelines.
Features: Eric Howell (vocals, guitars), Andy (guitars, vocals), Matt Moss (bass, vocals), Colin Rambert (drums), Mike McCain (trombone), Alex Vilmur (trumpet), Vinnie Rizzo (saxophone).
King Mixer on Bandcamp      King Mixer on Facebook  

CALLING GRACE
(2006 - 2007)
Modern alt-rock band, stylistically comparable to Shinedown.
Co-wrote a few really powerful songs that I wish to God we would have recorded in a studio.
Featured: Andy (vocals, guitars), Tim Somen (guitars), Pete Caruso (bass) and Art Mallo (drums).

28IF
(2003-2004)
Melodic pop-rock band stylistically comparable to Lit and Marvelous3.  
When we struck an A-chord, you could lose a filling. 
Featured: Andy (vocals, guitars), Mike Herwig (guitars), Craig Hurmi (bass), and Kevin Gray (drums).

PLATO'S REPUBLIC
(1996 - 2003)
Eclectic alt-rock band that didn't sound like anyone else at the time.  Genres-be-damned.
The most organic, experimental group I've ever worked with, and the CDs show it.
Featured: Andy (vocals, guitars), Joe Smith (guitars), Joe Auskalnis / Todd Alimorong / John Holiday (bass), and Dominick Palmisano (drums).
www.platotunes.com

THE PRANKS
(1995 - 1996)
Heavy power-pop band, originally from St. Louis, stylistically comparable to Cheap Trick.
Active during the record industry's mid-'90s mad dash to sign Chicago bands.
Featured: Andy (vocals, guitars), Dan Ruprecht (guitars), Sean King / Dave Van Ham (bass), and Cliff Collins (drums).

VIOLET SIN
(1990 - 1991)
Melodic hard rock band stylistically comparable to Hagar-era Van Halen and Great White.
We were worshipping at the altar of Thin Lizzy before it became cool and trendy.
And, for the record, our moniker pre-dated the infamous webcam personality or the Italian tattoo parlor. 
Featured: Andy (vocals, guitars), Joe Smith / Jimi Provenzano (guitars), Bill Dixon (bass), and Rik Kroll (drums).

GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS
(1984, 1986, 1988)
Legendary melodic punk band stylistically comparable to Sex Pistols and The Clash.
The accessibility of Green Day with a true socio-political conscience.
Criminally overlooked in Chicago punk retrospectives (such as the indie doc You Weren't There.)  We were there.
Featured: Mike Lazuka (vocals, drums). Mark McClean / Andy (guitars), Joe Garcia / Mike Grist / Andy (bass), Ubaldo Ayala / John Potwora (drums).   
Chicago Punk Wiki

SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(1982 - 1983)
Eclectic alt-rock band teetering between 1960's rock and 1980's new wave.
Unusual but awesome for mere teenagers to have 1/3 of their set be original material.
Featured: Andy (vocals, bass), Mark McClean (guitars, vocals), and Mike Lazuka (vocals, drums). 


COVER BANDS

ON FIRE
(2012 - 2013)

MOCK STAR
(2011 - 2012)

CHICAGO ROCK CIRCUS
(2007 - 2008)

EZ COME EZ GO
(1986 - 1987)

BLACK WING
(1983 - 1985)


MISCELLANY, FOR THE OBSESSIVE COMPLETISTS

LOVEBLAST
Guest guitarist
(2013)

SOME UKRANIAN VILLAGE BAR BAND I BARELY REMEMBER...
Guest singer
(1992)

BYE BYE BIRDIE (ST. WILLIAM CC)
Orchestra (well, it was a 4-piece...) guitarist/bassist
(1988)

I PAGLIACCI (LITHUANIAN OPERA COMPANY)
Choir
(1980)

LITHUANIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL (TORONTO)
Choir
(1978)