By the way, which one's Chubb?
I'm adding this section to the website to give people an idea of what
this band is all about. It basically comes from my personal memories,
so I apologize in advance if I got any facts confused. You know, a lot
of people ask "Who is Mr. Chubb?" and "What does it mean?". To answer
this question you just have to ask yourself "What would be the most inappropriate
answer that one could give to that question?" and that's probably it...Anyway,
I hope you enjoy reading this section as much as I did writing it.
Mr. Chubb was founded in the mid 90's by EJ and myself (Matty) who, at the
time, were playing together in a local band called Scampground. Our goal
then was simple. After playing for years in an acoustic rock act, we wanted
a big band with a big sound.
Hair Hair Everywhere
We soon recruited Hippie, Peter Lucci on guitar, and Jay white (Jay
was the original drummer for Chubb) and started putting together material
for our big band sound. Hippie played in bands with me in high school,
as well as running a few open mics. We had played everything from metal
to reggae. Every now and then, you'll hear him trying to drag me into
a "Master of Puppets" jam. Ahhh the old school days of crunch and feedback.
Thank god those are over.
Pete had played with EJ in a local band called "Croney Stew". The did
a lot of Grateful Dead and some original stuff too. They had a great stage
chemistry right out of the gate. All the while we were scouting for horn
players. Jay White left the band and was replaced by Martin Baker. Martin
turned out to be invaluable in the management end of things. He booked
almost all the gigs and produced most of the promotional materials for
In The Beginning
In the early days we played many gigs with this lineup. Even though we hadn't
yet recruited a horn section, it didn't stop us from playing the big band
music we loved to play. You can imagine how hard it is to play Tower of
Power tunes with no horn section, but we did it.
Rebels without horns
EJ met Joey at a
superbowl party and asked him to sit in with the band on sax. After the first
jam, we knew Joey was a perfect fit for our music and our band attitude.
After a few gigs with Joey, Pete left the band and was replaced with Johnny
Provost. Johnny had played with Martin in previous bands and was a local
guy we all knew would fit right in.
Johnny left the band after a while and we decided that, now that we had
horns, one guitar player (yours truly) would be good enough, so we didn't
replace him. This was the Mr. Chubb lineup for several years. We continued
to play all over New England and build on our reputation. Soon we became
one of Newport's biggest bands.
Horns At Last
|All Horned Up
And Chunky Too (damn)
Eventually Joey contacted Ronnie, a trumpet player he had worked with. Ronnie
came down and in no time we asked him to join us and complete the horn section
we had been searching for. Ronnie had played with numerous bands and brought
years of experience to the table. We finally had the big band we always
wanted. After paying many dues in local clubs, we started to build up a
fan base. Before long, we were packing some of these clubs on the off nights
and people were starting to notice the chubb sound.
During all our
years, we seldom put much effort into advertising. We didn't even start
the website until a few years ago. We always felt that a word of mouth
endorsement was much better than any commercial tag line or gimmick. Our
philosophy has always been the same throughout the years, "It has to be
fun" and we will play what we have fun playing, not what is on the radio
(well, except our swing phase, but we loved playing it and not many
bands could do it as good as us).
Over the years, Chubb has gone through many musical changes. With over
a hundred songs in our hat, and that's not including the "shoot from the
hip" songs or the ones we were paid generously to butcher (like "here
comes the bride","she's got a way", and many more which we all want to
forget), we've touched on just about every genre. With our influences
including everything from the Grateful Dead to Tower of Power, the band
is notorious for the extended jam. I think our record is like 20 minutes.
The constant jams really developed our distinct and dynamic sound.