Solid Bronze is the brainchild of two New Jersey musicians, Ian Everett and George Miller. The band began solely as a recording project as the two had bonded over their love for deep soul and funk music and were looking to tap in to a new sound. They wrote songs as a rhythm section, Miller on drums and Everett on bass or guitar. Friend, musician and songwriter Chris Harford was called in and took a producer’s role, leading to the recording sessions that took place over the next year at Mickey Melchiondo’s (Dean Ween of Ween fame) studio.
Their debut album “The Fruit Basket” is the result of a year of recording and mixing in and out Deaner’s studio. Guests such as Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton (Parliament/Funkadelic), Dana Colley (Morphine), Glenn McClelland (Ween), to name a few, were called in to the sessions to beef up the vibe. With clear influences from heavy soul and funk, out-there jazz & loud and swirling psychedelia to less obvious interests like reggae, library and exotica & hip hop, their music takes on different personas while still keeping its own identity.
The live band is comprised of Tommy Heutmaker on guitar, Mark Gallagher on baritone saxophone and Kerrin Pantelakis on vocals & percussion, with Miller on the drum set and Everett on bass guitar. They’ve been locking in and are making a name for themselves on the stage as they continue to play out supporting “The Fruit Basket”.