Strain Busy Sky
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Strain Busy Sky

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1997 | INDIE | AFTRA

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 1997
Band Rock Pop


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"Bent Nights: By Vern Hester"

"S.B.S. is punchy and has bite and they play with a stinging resonance and cohesion that's rare. Frontman Phil Trocchio is something unique unto himself. A bona-fide old-school soul man who is both ungimmicky and emotionally naked to the point of vulnerability".
"Blessed with a whiskey soaked snap, Trocchio is the heir to a line of fine white soul vocalists, but the man is so damn endearing and sincere on stage that it's hard to not watch him. Better still is the band's interplay, a sort of jolly camaraderie entrenched in the music”. - Windy City Times


-Self titled Full Length CD: Strain Busy Sky
-4 song Ep H.O.R.D.E. Giveaway 10,000 copies
-Single released Toast with spins on Q101
-National Compilation: Bands Of The West H.O.R.D.E. Comp. 100,000 copies
-Regional Compilation: Caught in The Den Budweiser Presents
-National Compilation: Fresh Tracks Alternative Bands Across America
-Single released End Illusion regional spins on 101.9 the MIX and WXRT
-Full Length CD: Racing The Sun
-National Compilation: Lucky Strike Top Un-signed Bands In America
-Single Released: Green Light local spins



Genre: rock, blues, pop
Origin: Chicago, Il
Official Band Website:

Strain Busy Sky is a rock, blues and funky grooves roadside revival. This is music that moves you, body and soul. Sharing stages over the years as an opening act for Ben Harper, Relentless 7, Local H, Government Mule, Cake, Gavin Degraw, Yellowcard, Josh Kelly, Gomez, Sugarcult, Lovehammers, Black Box, Talib Kwelli, Michelle Branch (The Wreckers), Blues Traveler, Barenaked Ladies, Blessed Union of Souls, Tantric, Black Crowes, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, among others.


-FEB 1, 2014 Roseland Ballroom (New York City): Phil Trocchio performed along side THE DOOBIE BROTHERS hosted by Frank Caliendo with special guests JOE NAMATH, ELI MANNING, and others. 

Currently the band is recording their third full length cd and as an endorsee, represented HUMES AND BERG DRUM CASES AT THE 2014 NAMM CONVENTION IN ANAHEIM, CA.

-SBS has sold out a number of venues in their hometown of Chicago, including House of Blues and Park West, and drawn large crowds at various street festivals such as Taste of Lincoln Ave, Andersonville Fest, Rib Fest, among others.

-The band supports many charitable organizations and has headlined a variety of events for the Y-ME Foundation, AIDS Ride, Gold Star Families of New York, Special Music By Special People & The Children's Literacy Foundation, as well as many local fundraisers for friends of friends in need.

Selected Highlights:

-National Winner: Brown and Williamson "Top Un-Signed Band in America" , with ads in Rolling Stone Magazine and Spin.
-Live appearance on WGN in the morning seen across America.
-Regional Winner: Brown and Williamson Top Unsigned band of Chicago -securing dates on the very last H.O.R.D.E. Fest (outdoor festivals averaging for 30,000+ people per gig)

- Sold out NYE marathon with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
- Sold Out NYE Gala with Josh Kelly
- (18 U.S.cities)Sonic Bids Emerging Artist Stage: U.S. Tour: Virgin College Mega Tour
- (19 U.S. cities) Pontiac Garage Artist Stage: U.S. Tour: Virgin College Mega Tour
- (18 U.S.cities) Pontiac Garage Artist Stage: U.S. Tour: Virgin College Mega Tour
- (21 U.S. cities)Virgin Mega Store Emerging Artist Stage: U.S. Tour: Virgin College Mega Tour
- #7 of the top ten live shows in Chicago Windy City Times
- #1 reviewed cd of that year Racing the Sun Windy City Times
- Appeared on several cable regional rock tv shows
- Featured on Budweiser's Millennium CD compilation entitled Caught in the Den, featuring some of Chicago's best unsigned talent.
- Jim Beam Rock Search/ Band of the Week Winner.Boasting the second highest vote count in the US for a weekly winner.
- Showcase appearances include CMJ in New York., Eat'M in Las Vegas , NEMO in Boston , and Atlantis Music Conference in Atlanta Georgia.. All positive reviews by panels and industry keynote speakers.
-Past sponsors have been Lucky Strike, Kool, and Budweiser while with Flair Communications. Indirectly sponsored by Pontiac, Volvo, Virgin Mega Stores, Major League Baseball, Dentyne and Stride while with Integrate Marketing.


Phil Trocchio, Rich Stober and Jim Kenneally are endorsed by HUMES AND BERG CASES 

Kevin Chin is endorsed by CORT CUSTOM GUITARS

Band Members