The Great Mistake

The Great Mistake


Ben folds pop sensibility with a hint of RHCP funk guitar topped with a touch of Radioheads dramatic ambience = The Great Mistake. Piano-driven rock for the thinking man.


The Piano and The Guitar had a love child…..and it’s name is THE GREAT MISTAKE. The Great Mistake is a culmination of driving piano melody and schizophrenic guitar riffs. The music is held up by fluid bass lines and commanding percussion. But enough about the instrumentation….just WHO is TGM?

TGM was officially born in 2002 in a brown paneled basement room in the “wilds” of a Buffalo, New York suburb. The project started out as one man and an acoustic guitar. It was originally just a studio project during the first few years of the new millennium. That changed in 2002 when it grew into a band. Then it began to evolve…. Electric guitars, Synthesizers, Pianos and maracas showed up. This was no longer the one-man folk rock band it was intended to be. I guess you can say it was all a mistake that we ended up being what are today. But it’s a good mistake. Perhaps even a great mistake? (HA! You see what I did there!)

TGM is comprised of four individuals that are more different from each other in musical taste then they are alike. This creative tension produces the songs that ultimately end up being released to the world. When not secretly conspiring to kill one another, the band comes together to create songs that have graced Ipods from here to Japan. TGM's founder is the ever-awkward yet determined director of all the chaos - Joe Castanza. He sings, plays the piano and sometimes the guitar (he misses playing guitar). Chris Buckowksi, is the bands meticulous Howard huges - like, mad genius on the guitar (think Egon from Ghost Busters) Chris also tends to flirt with synthesizers and acts as the bands own recording engineer. Will Webb is the stoic bass player in the corner, who dreams of his glory days, when he had a mullet and worshipped Nirvana. TGM's newest addition is drummer Steven Abramowski. Steve, being the youngest member, brings in the much-needed youthful enthusiasm to the team. His drum style is derived from bands long before his time.

Through the bands 6 years, TGM has gone through 4 line up changes ( 4 drummers and 1 bass player) and has released 2 EP's to date. As well as hundreds of public performances, including radio and television appearances. So that’s our past. Our Future holds the promise of the long fabled full-length album “WAVE TO THE ASTRONAUT” being released, as well as a tour to support the record.

The tension between Joe's love of pop/rock melodies, and Chris' love of unconventional sounds and experiments, is what makes the sound of TGM stand out. Familiar yet fresh and innovative all at once. Through the years, the band has never compromised its sound to fit the flavor of the month, and thus far it has served them well. The band does what it loves and any success that may come their way would constitute an unintended victory, or as we like to call it: A Great Mistake.


Revolutions (2003 TGMmusic) - EP
In Orbit Vol. 1 (2008 TGMmusic)- EP
Wave To The Astronaut - Full length coming 2009

Set List

Select songs from our EPs and upcoming Album, along with some fun covers for flavor.