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Frank Tomei

Lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Instrument: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

Bio: Born and raised in Sudbury, Frank started hacking around with guitars sometime in high school because all the cool kids were doing it. After many years of playing, he realized it’s a lot easier to sing than to play an instrument. So now Frank enjoys more singing and less shredding. He also enjoys fine wines, long walks on the beach, talking about his feelings, writing about himself in the third person, and occasionally rockin’ out on stage until the house turns off the P.A. system.

Biggest Influences: Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, The Tragically Hip, Weezer, Aerosmith

Favorite Quote: “I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.”

Areeb Malik

Lead Guitar

Lead Guitar

Instrument: Lead & Rhythm Guitar

Bio: Born and raised in Montreal, Areeb has called Ottawa his home for the last 10 years. Learning to play guitar from a mysterious gypsy he met while walking through the woods, Areeb has been laying down blazing leads and solid rhythms for years. A founding member of the now defunct bands “Liquid Monkey” and “Sheffield Road”, Areeb is excited to play with the amazingly talented members of “Rocket Lounge”.

Biggest Influences: Peter Green, Bob Mould, Jeff Beck

Favorite Quote: “Good. Bad. I’m the guy with the gun.” – Ash, “Army of Darkness”

Gerry Mercer

Bass Guitar, Vocals

Bass Guitar, Vocals

Instrument: Bass Guitar, Lead & Backing Vocals

Bio: A transplanted Newfoundlander living in Ottawa, Ger has been playing guitar and bass for 20 years. He has played bass and guitar in several bands while attending Memorial University of Newfoundland, winning campus-wide talent contests and raising money for various charities. Ger’s an easy-going guy who loves hockey, horror movies and computer gaming. He lives in Richmond with his wife Kim and their pooch Cooper.

Biggest Influences: Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Dave Murray & Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden). Jason Newsted (Voivod, ex-Metallica), Mötley Crüe, Frank Bello (Anthrax), KISS

Favorite Quote: “Make like an angel and fly da Jesus!”

Jeremy Stirling

Instrument: Drums, Percussion

Drums & Percussion

Drums & Percussion

Bio: Born in Richmond and now living in Barrhaven, Ontario, Jeremy started playing electric guitar at 13, later giving it up for drums. His first time playing drums was at a friend’s house in high school, he was 16. His friend had a small white 3 piece kit, a hi-hat and a cracked crash cymbal. The first two songs he tried to smash out were “Paradise City” from G’N’R and “I’m 18” from Alice Cooper. They played in his basement and wrote and recorded a few small things on a tape recorder. After a long hiatus Jeremy started playing drums again and has been more into it than ever before. He has also started writing and recording, and playing acoustic guitar again. Now married to his “soon-to-be-deaf” wife Tracy, things couldn’t be better! Jeremy doesn’t consider himself a musician just a music lover. He learned by hearing his favorite bands and drummers play, it’s their fault! Deep down he just likes to hit stuff with sticks!

Biggest Influences: John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Phil Rudd (AC/DC), Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe), Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) & Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones)

Favorite Quote: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” – Socrates

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