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The band's story started at the Bulldog Pub in Upland, CA at an open mike night where the band's members first met in 2001. Discovering a common group of influences (Bob Marley, Grateful Dead, The Clash, The Specials, SKA, Toots and the Maytals, Dennis Brown, Phish, String Cheese Incident), the band came together and quickly built up an impressive resume, opening for legends like B.B. King, Average White Band, Steel Pulse and reggae legend Pato Banton. Others took notice as well; Access Hollywood featured the band as part of a Super Bowl feature in 2003 and the band earned airplay on the most influential modern rock station in the country, KROQ in Los Angeles, as well as a myriad of other stations.

Now, following their first two albums (2001's Undiscovered Elements and 2005's Better Chemistry) comes 6 Foot Shorty, recorded by the band in their home studio, which introduces the band anew. Featuring the soulful lead vocals and rhythm guitar of Dave Monaco (the band's primary lyricist), Ray Green on lead guitar, Chad Junkin on keyboards, the propulsive rhythm section of Rene Casas on bass and Ed Collins on drums, Eric,DJ Wood, Woodruff on the turntables/additional percussion/background, the CD breaks new terrain for the band. There's the hip-hop/club influence of 6 Foot Shorty, featuring English Dance Hall great Tippa Irie and vocals from Jurassic Five member Chali 2na, which introduces new musical flavors into the Better Chemistry arsenal. And while the band still retains their positive and spiritual flavor, there is the a new political element, embodied in the indictment of President Bush in How Do You Sleep? with lyrics by DJ Wood, a former 82nd airborne. The unqualified good times the band once sang about are now much more hard earned , which makes the joy in the songs even more resonant.

Better Chemistry's music is about the journey of the soul, spirit and the challenges and joys of life the pitfalls of love and relationships (Difficult, Who Loves You), the threat to our environment, the simple gratitude in being alive (Praise) and they view their music as a vehicle to bring people together to experience oneness, community and the knowledge that our similarities far outweigh our differences. The band will be taking the songs on their new album on the road for the rest of the year, bringing their national audience peace, love and soul while giving them the music to which they can dance all night.
Band Members
Dave Monaco - Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Ed Collins - Drums, Background Vocal, and Production
Ray Green- Lead Guitar
Chad Junkin - Keyboards and Background Vocals
Rene Casas- Bass Guitar
Eric "DJ Wood" Woodruff- Turntables, Percussion, and Background Vocals
Frank Meskimen -Trumpet, Flute, and Melodica
Rudolph Kahz Castillo- Drums and Background Vocals
Favorite Bands
Bob Marley, TOOTS and the Maytals, The Grateful Dead, Sublime, Skatalites, Clash, James Brown, BB King, Peter Tosh, Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton, Tippa Irie, Shinehead, Jurrasic 5, Dave Matthew's Band, Trey Anastasio, Steel Pulse, Sade and so many more!
 
 
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