Recalling bands such as The Afghan Whigs, Led Zeppelin, Shiner, and The Jesus Lizard with wide-ranging influences from punk and metal to blues and country, The Bismarck is a horse to be reckoned with. Formed from the ashes of the legendary but shamefully unknown hardcore band Brown, The Bismarck have slowly but surely been making a strong impression on the local music scene since their formation in 1999. Combining bold and original rhythms with an innovative melodic approach, The Bismarck create a strikingly original brand of rock music. Though the band initially started as an instrumental trio, guitarist Dave Ward eventually began writing lyrics and singing after many fruitless attempts at finding a vocalist who fit the bands sound and creative direction. Ward and drummer Jesse Sherman have created music together since high school, amassing a shared history of almost fifteen years. A talented guitarist and bass player as well, Sherman's refreshingly original drumming instinctively combine with Ward's uniquely melodic and rhythmic guitar playing to create a sound born of their years of collaboration. After several bass players had difficulty finding their niche with the long historied duo, Neal Curtis Johnson entered the fold as a solidifying force. Armed with an extensive and diverse catalog of original rock and roll numbers and a high-energy live show, The Bismarck will surely be turning heads and catching ears all over the world.