— Huffamoose members Kevin Hanson (guitar/vocals), Jim Stager (bass) and Erik Johnson (drums) are The Fractals, one of the Philadelphia area’s most unique and interesting bands.
Guess what happens when a trio of three martini lunches staggers toward a ragged copy of “Respect For Acting,” stumbling over bell-bottoms into plasticine porters, hissing like 8-tracks, knocking over emo kids with Flying Vees… The Fractals, thats what happens, and they have been happening for over ten years. Tearing it up mercilessly in a cyclonic maelstrom of Steely-cum-Stevie-cum-Angus, with outer rings of Zeppelin and Trane, the whirling dervish that is The Fractals is not to be ignored.
Kevin Hanson, lead singer and songwriter, has performed and recorded with the likes of Usher, Jay-Z, The Roots, Musiq Soulchild, and countless others. He appears in the acclaimed films “Fade to Black” as a band member for Jay-Z’s “farewell concert,” and Dave Chappelle’s “Block Party” as a member of the house band. His distinctive songwriting is what has drawn so many to both Huffamoose and his current band. His compositions and masterful guitar playing are the spinal cord of The Fractals.
Jim Stager, bassist, has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists, ranging from Rosemary Clooney (!) to the legendary punk band “X.” His mastery of rock and jazz merge in a style that has earned him a place in the pantheon of Philadelphia’s notable session greats.
Erik Johnson, drummer, has performed or recorded with countless artists in myriad styles. His credits include: Ben Schachter’s Trio of Many, George Garzone, Tim Hagans, Jack Walrath, Gary Bartz, John Swana, Jef Lee Johnson, Ralph Bowen, Larry McKenna, Jim Ridl, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Kurt Elling, Gerald Veasley, Lelia Broussard, Liz Longley and Susan Werner. In addition to his legendary status as a jazz virtuoso, his drumming has served as the heartbeat for a striking range of Philadelphia’s singer-songwriter community. His fiercely original expressiveness on drums and soaring background vocals have become vital to The Fractals’ sound.
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