Whiskey Syndicate
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Whiskey Syndicate

Bothell, Washington, United States | SELF

Bothell, Washington, United States | SELF
Band Rock Blues


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Whiskey Syndicate found its beginnings a few years back at Washington State University, where Matt Dessert met Greg Floyd, forming a musical symbiosis that continues to this day. It was a simple idea: Play good music for good people. Success! But, as all things do, college came to an end, and it seemed like an end for the Syndicate. Matt and Greg moved to Seattle and took up respective jobs in the real world, not knowing what was around the corner.

From two very different places, with heads filled with very different ideas, enter Shea Druffel and Brad Robinson. Shea, a good ol’ boy from the heart of the Palouse in Eastern Washington, moved to Seattle to pursue a career in music, being the rock steady bassist for his band The Brothers Bowlby. Unbeknownst to anyone, at the very same time, Brad, a drummer by trade, made his way to Seattle from Indiana in pursuit of…something that wasn’t Indiana. Having sold his drum set for gas money, he had no intention of a musical future. Jump ahead 4 years…

Matt and Brad get jobs in the same sushi restaurant and find musical camaraderie. Matt invited Brad to meet Greg to see if a jam session could become something a little bit more. The meeting occurred at the house of the Brothers Bowlby, where Shea was invited to sit in while they auditioned a drummer. What happened next is the stuff of legend, or just a really cool coincidental meeting. Your call. Either way, Shea was in too and Whiskey Syndicate was reborn and repackaged. Now, taking influence from the rock n’ roll greats of the past and present (The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Black Keys…), the band is proving their chops quickly with great songwriting in a style all their own and high energy shows that are still earning them fans everyday. If you make your way to see them you can still expect three things: Great music, great people, and a great time.

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