Stockholm Syndrome is made up of an all-star cast. When Widespread Panic bass player Dave Schools and acclaimed singer/songwriter Jerry Joseph of the Jackmormons decided to collaborate, each initially thought the side project would be a cool, if temporary, change of pace. With one studio album released, a new studio album set for release in early 2010 and multiple tours behind them, Stockholm Syndrome has transcended being just a side project. Stockholm Syndrome is a band.
The band's unusual choice for a name, Stockholm Syndrome, refers to the psychological phenomenon in which a hostage bonds with his kidnappers. It seemed an apt moniker for the pair's somewhat convoluted relationship. Now all Schools and Joseph needed was a band.
They put together their "Dream Team" including Eric McFadden (a San Francisco-based guitarist who has worked with Keb Mo', Les Claypool and George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars), Danny Louis (an Upstate NY based keyboard virtuoso widely known for his role in Gov't Mule and Cheap Trick) and drummer Wally Ingram (an L.A.-based drummer who has worked with Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman and David Lindley). All three musicians were on board and are now back for more live dates, an in-store recording for release and a pending studio album.
Stockholm Syndrome is ready to serve up its potent brew of provocative songs and thrilling, genre-transcending musicianship to worldwide audiences. Schools is already contemplating the future, "We'll take it as far as it wants to go. I think that everyone is really enjoying playing together...it ceased to be a recording project and became a band."
There aren't many bands with the ability to hit the ground running the way Stockholm Syndrome did. And now that they're launched, they show no sign of slowing down soon.
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Seth took up guitar at age 12 and by the time he was 13, he was playing professionally and jamming at famed New York City clubs, including Mannys Car Wash, The Wetlands, Chicago Blues and many more with people such as Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Jimmy Vivino, Merl Saunders, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, and many others. Seth currently lives in New York City and his music consists of a mix of original songs in an eclectic variety of rock, blues, fusion and pop, and accessible hook-laden rock. Seth's major influences include the Allman Brothers, Clapton, Jackson Browne and Paul Simon.