The Band Who Cares
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"Southside On the Town - Feb. 9, 2008"

Saturday night, SouthSide took a psychedelic trip down memory lane to a time where rock was really rock-- not washed out and commercialized.

This band first started off as Who Cares until Ed (bassist) had to quickly change the name before performing at a charity benefit.

For 25yrs old and so many incarnations, The Band Who Cares certainly proved to the younger generation that 'classic' is still where it’s at, Fearless fans!.

Opening with "Mr. Sun-Ra", SouthSide was instantly grooving to her favorite rock genre. You get the feel of The Beatles’ influence from their Magical Mystery Tour album within the lyrics to this song.

Another song, "Shy Ann", reminded this reviewer of classic rock ballads by America. It was an easy listening song that rocked the Elbo Room stage even though the tempo was taken down a notch.

Performing the title track off their 1st CD, "Twisted Fingers", Who Cares wowed their fans with long instrumentals that didn’t want to end once they began. Everyone was totally feeling the groove and rhythms of the guitar riffs which they did let it ride for the closing song, It’s Rock And Roll.

Classic rock never grows out of style, Fearless fans! SouthSide highly recommends rock fans, young and old, checking out these classic rockers at their next gig. - Southside - Fearless Radio


Discography

EP, Twisted Fingers, plus a selection of live numbers to be released early 2009 on Tune Core.
Singles, Hundreds of Times, Somethin' Brwein, Twisted Fingers, Mr. Sun Ra have been getting play on indie/college/net radio and have been featured songs on various artist spotlights.

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The Band Who Cares has been around the Chicagoland area in the Western Suburbs for more than twenty years in some form or another. Originally formed by bass & sax player, Ed Behrens, the group has hosted an impressive and varied lineup of top local musicians. In the days of its original home base, Malo's Rock 'n Roll Studio in Aurora, IL, the crowds were always big and they were fired up. In it's heyday, Malo's Rock and Roll Studio hosted the likes of national/international acts ranging from Edgar Winter to Motorhead to Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) to Ronnie Montrose to Molly Hatchett as well as many others. The Band Who Cares has played in front of numerous national acts over the years.

The band re-formed in May of 2007 to open for long time friends & international psychedelic heavy metal band, Trouble. Now a power trio, these life-long musicians continue to dynamically rock out with extended versions of cool jams and original music.

They have recently released a self-recorded and produced EP for 2009 that is mastered by Danny Leake whose credits include Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Sting, Dennis DeYoung, Hank Williams Jr., New Edition & Robert Irving III of Miles Davis.

Ed Behrens: Bass & backing vocals, saxophone

Founder of Who Cares, Ed Behrens started the band about 25 years ago after a long stint with Studebaker Hawk as sax man. Realizing he could have more opportunities playing live by switching to bass guitar, he did just that to follow his passion for music and audience interaction. He started out his musical career as a kid in the school band playing sax. He has played with and supported numerous Chicago area musicians for the majority of his life. He is best known for his stage presence and his solid, in-the-pocket rhythms that anchor the songs no matter the style. Loyal Who Cares followers have anticipated for years his live show ritual of playing barefoot & asking the audience, "Did anybody bring their mom?" Well did they?...

Andy Driscoll: Lead vocals, guitars

Golden pipes man, Andy Driscoll, is a trained vocalist having studied with the Chicago Rock vocalist guru, Sheryl Rak, for 5 years at the Rak Vocal & Healing Clinic. He started his musical endeavors as a guitar player in Heavy Metal garage bands before landing a lead vocalist spot with Who Cares at the age of 21. Still wanting to sow his wild musical oats, he left Who Cares to form the band Liquid Sky with Ken Comer. Not ready to settle just yet, he formed the band Love Rug-- a Chicago area college favorite in the early 90's doing a jazzy version of early grunge. After Love Rug disbanded, he took a long hiatus from performing in a band-- doing open jams, writing, recording, session vocals & guitar, and radio jingles-- before re-forming Who Cares with Ed Behrens and drummer, Ken Comer, from Liquid Sky.

Jake Knopp: Drums, percussion.

Jake is a natural-born, super-talented drummer and percussionist bringing young blood and new energy to the overall Who Cares experience-- not to mention a fresh set of pipes to add to vocals and harmonies. He has been involved in several other band projects prior to joining The Band Who Cares, and he has toured all over the country with local jazz and steel drum bands. He and Andy Driscoll, met while jamming together at open mics in the area, and when Jake was asked to audition, he showed up and immediately got the gig. This guy is really good!...

Ken Comer: (FORMER) Drums, percussion, keyboards, guitar

Ken has left the band as drummer, but he continues to support us and help out behind the scenes. Who knows, you might even see him once in a while at a live show playing guitar or keys...???

Not only is Ken Comer a wizard of timing and interesting beats on the drums, he is also an accomplished guitarist, keyboard & bass player. His passion is to create music in any form that engages the listener on multiple levels. He started on drums at the age of 5 by sneaking onto his older brother's set any chance he got. After saving enough money from a paper route, he bought his own kit at age 11. When he was 17, he switched to guitar and joined a psychedelic band with some highschool mates. After playing guitar all through college, he returned to his first love, drums, playing with various bands throughout Chicagoland including Liquid Sky with bandmate Andy Driscoll & a previous incarnation of Who Cares with Ed Behrens. He has also been a session drummer for several recording studios for 20 years. A perfectionist by nature, he has been known to build his own unusual drum kits, or tweak one of his many collected kits.

Band Influences:
Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Traffic, UFO, Budgie, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Chicago, Rolling Stones, Rush, Aerosmith, Yes, Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Umphrey's McGee, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Mr. Blotto, Love Rug, Studebaker Hawk, Blue Plate Special, David Bowie, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, The Beatles, Todd R