Part hard rock engine, part power pop elixir, part punk-surf howitzer, part groove-boogie candy. Certainly not an easy description for any band, but then again, Olde Style has always defied easy definition. With four different frontmen handling lead vocal duties, and more onstage instrument swaps than a MASH unit, the band is constantly challenging the audience from so many angles that local rock critic Jivas "Sunglasses" Chakravarthy has dubbed the band a "cornucopia of everything to like about rock music in one tight little package." The basis of Olde Style's unique sound and seemingly contradictory musical differences may seem bewildering to most. However, there's really a simple explanation for all of the pandemonium! Although everyone in the band has emerged from somewhat different musical backgrounds, the strength of their friendships, some stretching back 20 years to their elementary and junior high school days, allows for a deep understanding and trust few bands ever discover in the course of their entire existence. These close relationships also allow Olde Style to present to their audience all of their influences in one package without the bassist-of-the-song clocking the lead vocalist from behind! Olde Style has officially been in existence since the end of 2000, when the remnants of the Chicago-based Universal Joint reconfigured the group and decided to make a fresh start with a new forum. Oak Park natives and high school classmates Matt Walters, Tim Gittings and Aldis Weible, along with Seattle based singer-songwriter and fellow classmate Geoff Simons, had originally founded the UJ collective in 1992 with high aspirations and even higher ideals. However, the group was constantly without a permanent lineup for most of it's existance. This was mostly due to the inclusion of several key members who were spread out all over the country. Logistically speaking, gigging, promotion, songwriting and recording became nearly impossible with the way the group was set up and so the principle members decided that it was either time to totally set up camp in one city or to move on to other projects. With half of the members in Chicago, and the other half spread all over the West Coast, it was difficult to make the decision to move so many people! The best thing to do for everyone involved was for Universal Joint to split up. So now eager to form a strictly local band, the Chicago trio of Aldis, Matt and Tim placed an ad for a drummer in several local papers, citing the only prerequisite as "need to sound like twelve armed maniac." At nearly exactly the same time the ad began running, a bizarre coincidence and a chance phone call landed them an old associate of several members of the fold- Geoff "Thunderchops" Reynolds! A force in Durango, CO bands Garaj Mahal and Scat-Man-Dube, Reynolds had recently relocated to Chicago. Ironically Gittings had attended college in Durango and played for a short time in Garaj Mahal. Even stranger, Geoff Simons had ALSO played in Scat-Man-Dube with Reynolds, so there was already a significant amount of cross-pollination between the former Universal Joint and this potentially new outfit. It took little time for the fourpiece, now re-christened as Fever Dog as a reference to some of their throwback influences, to begin jamming together at a breakneck pace. They found their groove quickly and began taking seriously the idea of full-fledged band and promotion shaping up. The quartet spent the better part of 4 months jamming, and eventually recorded the now legendary (and out of print) four song document "Livin' La Vida Sofa" in March of 2001 at a studio co-owned by another founding Universal Joint member, Jon Londres. The lineup was fairly static at this time, with Gittings handling the bass and vocals, Reynolds the drums, Walters the guitar and vocals, and Weible the Violin and Viola. However, the group quickly that it needed to add another dimension to push it even further along. It's not that the band didn't have a lot going for it, but it needed a little extra to throw it over the top. That dimension was discovered in Joe Goldberg, a local musician who has been kicking around the Chicago scene as an accomplished guitarist/songwriter for nearly ten years. Walters had met Goldberg originally in 1999, while the pair found themselves backing Lair Scott in a short-lived edition of Stardust, the David Bowie Tribute Band. The tribute played no less than once per weekend for the first two months that both were in the band together. Goldberg and Walters quickly shared an immediate musical connection in the context of the tribute, but also discovered that their musical bond stretched beyond Bowie and stayed in touch long after that lineup eventually turned over. Now Walters felt Goldberg was the perfect fit as the fifth member, mainly because his sound was an exact medium to the various influences brought in by the rest of the band. After Goldberg joined the fold, the group spent the better part of the next seven months developing it's now trademark original sound. Fever Dog also began gigging at a few of the smaller Chicago clubs to get it's feet wet. The band was also expanding it's instrumental palette, as Weible was now learning bass and Walters was spending more time on keys and saxophone. Weible and Gittings also began to write more songs as well. In late 2001, it was unilaterally decided that the band needed a new name for a more well-defined sound. Olde Style was born. Shortly thereafter, a demo of 8 tracks recorded at the band's rehearsal space, Tiggleopolis, began to circulate. The group convened to the Uberstudio in March 2002, almost a year after becoming a five piece, to record a debut album. It took a little over thirty hours for the well-rehearsed band to get down 14 complete tracks under the strict direction of legendary local engineer Mark Schwarz. Most of the music was recorded completely live, with only vocal and guitar solo overdubs recorded after the fact. The album is well-balanced with all members of the group contributing songwriting credits, and most of the group contributing at least two tracks. The group was surprised that the album came together so quickly, but not surprised at all that the results represented a very gelled sound. After all, the group had even stopped gigging for six months to get into proper recording shape! On Rockwell, some of the old UJ material was revamped for the album, harkening back to the band's roots. As a tribute to an absent friend, Olde Style even elected to use three songs that were written or co-written by Geoff Simons, the closest musical associate to the band and a crucial force in getting Weible, Gittings and Walters together originally and again in 2000. The album was released in May 2002 on Spade Kitty and has been well-received by the Chicago independent music community, national and local media, and Olde Style fans everywhere.