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The Red Herrings

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My memory is shot, so I forgive you all if this is incorrect. But I believe the band first formed in 2002. At the time frontman David Altschul and bassist Mike Wiesemann had just moved into Brooklyn after a short stint of higher education. Long time friends since grade school they were reuinted with also old time middle school pal drummer John Koetzle who was living in downtown Manhattan. Bored with their tedious day jobs, needing a release of creative expression they formed the Red Herrings. Unfortunately almost as soon as the band was formed it was nealy ripped apart as John's job took him away to LA for about a year. Luckily for us the job didn't pan out and John returned with the band reuniting. After a few years of collective brainstorming they released an LP, courtesy of Smash Studios, Better Living through Hippocracy. The tracks were simple yet catchy, however outside of the mainstream and rough around the edges. To describe the sound abstractly, the goal was to create a picasso-esque minimalistic oversimplified rawness that could appeal to anyone who appreciates rock. Some inspirations of the sounds were The White Stripes, ACDC, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Weezer, etc. Despite the tight tracks the band was not quite ready to go live yet. We were still missing something. Come brother to frontman David, Kurt Altschul in August of 2006 to fill the empty void. Kurt brought a whole new sound and dimension to the band including his flair for reggae and spanish music. Once he arrived everything fell into place. The band found themselves back in the studio, courtesy again of Smash Studios where they found their sound. The first live show was in June 2007 at Desmond's Tavern. Since then they have been performing regularly at The R Bar, Alphabet Lounge, Mercury Lounge etc. Probably the most interesting about the band is our day jobs and how busy we actually are. John Koetzle is a bond trader on wall street, making millions of dollars a day for the Bank of Tokyo. Mike Wiesemann works for the man himself Bloomberg News Inc. as a computer programmer, at least being at the keyboard all day keeps his fingers lose for bass. Kurt Altschul the youngest of the group, will have a full fledged masters in architecture come May of 2008. And myself, David Altschul, am a doctor, in my residency for neurosurgery. I have the craziest schedule working about 100 hours per week, but when we get the time together we make good use of it. Enough about us, go check out our music. -David Altschul, MD


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