The first time Krass Brothers played music as a group, a special type of energy was present. Each player came with unique influences, yet stayed receptive to the stylistic, common ground which would later develop as their big sound.
In a Point Loma, CA garage in 2012, Mark Boyce and Jeff Dewine began working on song ideas that would later be interpreted and produced within the group. Initially Krass Bros. remained behind the scenes writing for their first few months. The band drew inspiration from historical acts like Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers and The Meters. Right away, they began honing a funky but driven, instrumental vibe; filled with syncopated "rubrics-cubic” drum grooves, "ba-dunka-dunk-ish" bottom end, and "face-melting" keyboard leads. Together, their sounds blend into a punchy high-energy experience.
In January of 2015, Krass Bros. began recording their first official album titled Strictly V.I.P.'s. Then followed up as support for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with dates in Philadelphia, Phoenix, and San Diego. After releasing their album later that August, Krass Bros. received a Best Jazz Artist nomination for the 2015 San Diego Music Awards.
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