unBrothers play the best of Vintage Rock/R&B. As accomplished performers, recording artists & songwriters, they put their unique spin on Vinyl-era classics, B-sides and mash it up with the odd current hit & original songs.
unbrothers is not your ordinary cover band. While it’s accurate that all of our material was written and performed by some the most famous rock acts in history, we have managed to put our own spin on this material by cleverly assembling and weaving songs in big production mash-ups. Finding songs that do not, should not go together, unBrothers invokes alchemy to create something new, something synthetic. This synthesis yields something different and original, bigger that the sum of its parts to the delight of audiences.
The result is a “rock show” where every visual, musical and audio element has been fine tuned and executed with precision, all while maintaining super high energy.
John FreundLead Vocals, Hammond BS and Keyboards
The band formed around Hammond organist John Freund. Johnu2019s Hammond playing gives the unBrothers their old-school authenticity, and he also performs lead and backing vocals with the band. John is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and has two CDu2019s as a bandleader with u2018Bigger than a Breadboxu2019 (www.biggerthanabreadbox.com). He can work the Hammond into any setting and has done a ton of sideman work; recording and/or appearing with Paramore, Mike Jackson and the Soul Providers (later known as the Dap Kings), Rod Morgenstein, Deep Banana Blackout, and well-known NYC-based bands The Healers and Xmembers. You can also hear him performing music and u201cpulpiteeringu201d in Unitarian Universalist congregations across the region.
John AldenLead Vocals and Guitar
Lead vocals and guitar are in the highly competent hands of John Alden, a long time band mate, and music school friend of Mr. Freundu2019s. John performs over 200 shows a year, with vocal chops on a par with greats. He is known for his range & versatility. His latest, self-penned, CD release is Dreams Donu2019t Lie. John runs the talent agency, Alden Entertainment.
Dave GellisLead Guitar and Vocals
Dave Gellis has been playing lead guitar for Blood, Sweat & Tears since 1985. During several hiatuses, he has toured and/or recorded with Meat Loaf, Stanley Clarke, Chuck Negron (of Three Dog Night), Phoebe Snow, David Clayton-Thomas, Pieces of a Dream, Roger Glover (of Deep Purple), Dave Valentin, Angela Bofill and many others. This includes numerous television appearances as well as touring throughout the Far East, Europe, Australia and nearly 50 states. He is the featured soloist on Roger Gloveru2019s 1984 release, u201cMasku201d.
Jeff GellisBass Guitar and Vocals
Jeff Gellis has been playing bass for the past several decades, a pursuit that has taken him all over the world. Playing in the house band at Preachers in NYC with harmonica virtuoso Will Galison, the club would regularly be filled with the likes of Paul Butterfield and Jaco Pastorious. Later Gellis became house bassist at SOBs in NYC. Along the way, Jeff was playing with Phoebe Snow, members of the Saturday Night Live band, Steely Dan, Jackson Brown, Ronnie Spector, as well as a leader on a number of projects. In the late 80u2032s, Jeff teamed up with brother Dave Gellis as the rhythm section for Blood Sweat and Tears, touring all around the globe and appearing in major venues and TV programs including Top of the Pops. The Tonight Show, Joan Rivers Show, and many others. Jeff also plays double bass, is a producer, writer and arranger.
Dave HirschbergDrums and Lead Vocals
Dave Hirschberg has been a drummer for over 30 years. Coming from a family of accomplished musicians, music is in his blood. A groove drummer with a style blended from jazz, blues, rock and metal gives him a unique sound but what sets him apart is his ability to sing lead in almost any style of music. From soul to blues to good ole rock n roll. Dave continues to play all around the NY/NJ area with Shaved Ham, blues guitarist Steve Johnson as well as NY Blues Hall Of Famers Dave Fields and Nikki Armstrong just to name a few. Dave is also an accomplished snowboarder, graphic artist and 4 time Emmy Award winner.