They're the Inbreds? Yep. That's it: only two of 'em. With a grocery list that includes ingenuity, talent, a handy capo, and a neat little fuzz pedal (to expand the dynamic range of the bass guitar), the Inbreds have since become one of the most unique and melodically soulful duos within earshot. Far more than a mere rhythm section, the band's sound is both raunchy and pop, minimalist and full. While their singing and songwriting can verge on the sweet, the band's overriding rock tendencies and masterful manipulation of home recording equipment place them in league with such bands as Sebadoh, Built To Spill, and the Grifters.
The Inbreds formed in January, 1992, in Kingston, after an impromptu jam session in drummer Dave's attic, when his brother/producer Thom was heard to utter the now famous words, "This will work."
From early on in life, the signs were there that Mike and Dave had something to say musically. "The first song I ever wrote was on ukulele and it was called, 'I Like Big Bird,"' says Mike. "That was grade three. Then my brother Joe sat on the ukulele and cracked it terribly but then I could bend the neck back and get all these intense sounds." Dave first acted out his percussion obsession as a child by constructing homemade drums from buckets and empty fertilizer bags. He jumped to the Mattel electronic drum pads before finally graduating to the real thing. Luckily, mom and dad didn't seem to mind the noise.
Dave Ullrich Drummer
Mike O'Neill Bass, Voice