Section 8

Section 8


A sexy, original, memorable, inspring and versatile band's band.


Section 8: A Sexy, Original, Memorable, Versatile and Inspiring Band’s-Band

Hard-pressed for a description, that’s the best line Section 8 has to offer about themselves. Most of their thoughts are centered on the music they create together. Throughout the years, Section 8 has experienced turns and shifts, ups and downs, and lineup changes. Riding in on the dawn of 2005 with a solid group of musicians, Section 8 has set their sights on what they love most: creating and playing original music that a fan as well as a musician can appreciate.

The journey began at the turn of the millennium in Sheboygan, WI, with guitarist Steve Bossler and a cavity gouged deep within his musical soul. He had been playing in a heavy metal band called Rusted Remains at the time, and yearned for something more.

“I wasn’t getting the fulfillment that I needed,” says Bossler. “Rusted Remains was just a fun, don’t-have-to-think-about-the-music-band, cause it was heavy and easy.”

Influenced by the likes of John Frusciante, Mike Einziger, Mr. Bungle and Dave Navarro, Bossler wanted to form a new group and let the music lead, though he wasn’t exactly sure what format the music would take.

Shortly after finding a drummer to play with, though he turned out to be temporary, Bossler met a bass player named Ryan Paff through a mutual friend.

“I knew [Steve] was looking for a bass player. Cuban introduced us,” says Paff. “After one afternoon jamming, Steve asked me, ‘so you wanna be in a band?’”

Paff wasted no time in accepting the invitation, and thus, the core of Section 8 was formed. From the start, Paff and Bossler found innovative ways to mesh their different playing styles, a task seemingly easy as many of their influences are the same.

“Steve and I started developing our own sound,” Paff says. “It was all about getting to know each other’s play, affecting each other’s play. I think we’ve matured musically from that point on.”

Influenced by Les Claypool, Trevor Dunn, Victor Wooten, Alice and Chains, and Tim Bob, Paff has an aggressive, progressive approach to playing the bass, but also knows when to hold back. Playing in Section 8 has been a pleasure, according to Paff.

“It’s the first time I got together with people who were competent with their instruments.”

Right along with the idea of musical competence, Paff thought of his good friend Joe Austreng who played djembe. Originally, Joe meant to fill in on only a few songs, but his role quickly morphed with the group’s desire for more percussion, and he found a place to fill in every song, and continues to do so.

“Joe’s style came out of compensating for our drummer at the time,” admitted Paff.

“I knew Ryan, and came to check it out,” says Austreng. “No one gave a sh**, so there I was. I only had one drum, so playing was kinda like finding where I was going to fit it.”

Since first joining Section 8, Joe has purchased a full conga set, bongos, chimes, and wood blocks to add to his djembe. Within the songs he finds a nice blend of percussion, fitting it in so it doesn’t disturb, rather accompanies the feel of the song.

Agreeing that there isn’t much of a conga scene, he pulls his inspiration from groups that make “music with time changes and unique rhythms. A lot of bands do that, but don’t get credit for it.” He listed Blind Melon, Yes, Santana, and Primus as a few of his influences.

This lineup held for two years. At that time, their drummer Troy was balancing the band and his aspirations to join the armed service. Uncomfortable with the looming uncertainties in the future, Paff, Bossler and Austreng began looking for a different drummer.

The three frequented an open jam at a local tavern, and it was there that Austreng ran into drummer Ryan Kolosovsky. After seeing him drum on stage, a friend who was out with Austreng pushed him to ask for Kolosovsky’s contact information. Austreng ran out after Kolosovsky left the bar, catching up with him on the street. He convinced Ryan to come to a practice. Kolosovsky had no issues getting a feel for the band.

“I knew that if I wasn’t asked to play or try out, I was going to steal their bass player,” laughs Kolosovsky. “Watching Ryan is what sold me. I’d never seen anything like that before.”

Paff thought highly of Kolosovsky’s style and ambition.

“He had drive, obviously, and he was a very good drummer and a cool person,” says Paff.

Not too much time passed before Section 8 let go of Troy. Having Kolosovsky as a drummer fueled their passion even more. Each band member saw more dedication and drive out of him than they could have expected.

“Ryan listened to our demos and learned our songs [before we first played together],” says Paff. “He even put stuff to some of our news songs at the first practice.”

“There’s an unspoken connection between (drummer) Ryan and I,” says Austreng, “and that’s kind of fatty.

Kolosovsky says that he had never played with an additi



Written By: Section 8

If it were simple I'd be worry free
No need to distrust any fellow men
I don't know what told me so
that right there just had to go
unchained again, but your my friend

Maybe things are looking easier and
maybe things are working out this time

The strain is crooked
from the bottom up
Our leaders boldly spread deception
Yeah, but who cares if they don't
give a shit to know you
stare them in their eyes and tell them
I just can't accept your dumb advice
But it's been nice ...

Steal My Music

Written By: Section 8

(If we sold out, who made us choose to live up on a height)

Whatever it said I felt in no state of mind
Falling from the edge of it I kept
inside the time
Foreign bodies trigger discharge and no warning sent
Up until that time I thought I had control of it

But I was dreaming ignorance high
How people fit in fucked up my night

That's just it, I never ask for a problem
I don't like to set out to solve them
If I'd have known I'd have stayed home all night

Whatever it was they said I tried
to reason my own
Jesus Christ could have showed up that night
But I'd have just drove on home
My friends are in the dark now and
their eyes are all I see
Locked up in this room I know
the chance of breaking free

was but too slim for the naked eye
That's right he stole my music dry


Recorded a 4-song demo during the summer of 2003 at Interstate Music. Available for free at shows or upon request.

Ambitions to record July 2005.

Set List

Section 8's typical set consists of ten to twelve songs, which runs anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the amount of improvisation. All songs are originals, save for the occasional cover song. At maximum there is one cover song in each set.