About The Band

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Guitar Player
Buffalo News
Huffington Post

Born of a life-long friendship rooted in music, paired with an endless appetite for elevating and evolving their craft, Buffalo-bred four-piece rock group Aqueous has definitively carved out their place on the national music scene over the past decade. Following several critically acclaimed full-length studio albums, EP’s, and live releases, high profile performances at music festivals like Electric Forest, The Peach Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival, as well as favorable press from Billboard, Huffington Post, and Guitar Player Magazine, the band finds themselves selling out headlining shows all over the United States.

With virtuosic abilities on their instruments, reigned in to instead favor melody, groove, vocal performance, and most importantly, songwriting, the band (comprised of guitarist/vocalist Mike Gantzer, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Dave Loss, bassist Evan McPhaden, and drummer/vocalist Rob Houk) are a joyful musical tour-de-force to be experienced. Straddling the line between all out rock and roll, pop-laden melodies and hooks, hip-hop inspired grooves and massive, anthemic choruses, Aqueous's sound is explosive, fresh, and undeniably their own. Citing influences as wide ranging as Steely Dan to Tame Impala, Queens of The Stone Age to Kendrick Lamar, the band’s sound is a nod to their open-minded approach as songwriters and musicians.

With a damn-near psychic level of on-stage communication and improvisation, a mesmerizing light show, and a constantly rotating setlist, Aqueous’s live performances shine brightly, a tasteful and engaging eruption of energy and musicality ever on display. Their rapidly growing fan-base (appropriately self-proclaimed “AQuaintances”) find themselves following the band from city to city, hungry for more of what the band is serving up every night. With a ferocious tour schedule, it’s likely that you can catch Aqueous in a city near you sooner than later.



(Guitar/Vocals) Mike - PRS (1) copy
Deep in the caverns of the West Indies alongside the Isle of Righteousness is where coal miners accidently stumbled upon a new mineral that has captivated headlines worldwide. While in search for salty potash, the miners came across a space cluttered with khakis and walls of a purple tint. Beside squashed eight-legged deep cavern creatures they found a substance hunched over a bright light. Soon after they discovered "Mike" (the best name they came up with at the time), they found that he is rich in minerals that dictate rhythmic and melodic extraction while improvising lines that even Beethoven forgot about! It is believed that Mike is a mineral that has never been discovered before. When Mike Gantzer is fused with the precise sine waves created by Dave, and Evan there is an alignment of the homo sapien ear canal that makes humans sell their soul to the groove.

Photo: Strawberry Island Dweller


(Guitar/Keys/Vocals) Dave - PRS (1) copy
A "Dave Loss" is a one-of-a-kind complex organism most commonly tracked in the North East region of North America. Rare for complex organisms, Dave was created through spontanueous genreration. The modern day version of Dave Loss, or "Project I7-A942" comes with 6 strings that ring in perfect harmony upon struming. In addition to the 6 strings, researchers have discovered a bionic vocal range that can hit pitches even the kanine cannot register. Though Dave is rare, chemistry professor Dr. Unkridge at Princeton University claims "it won't be uncommon to see new forms of Project I7-A942 sprouting up within the next 5 years."

Photo: Capacity Images


(Bass) evan
A gooey struggle, a crack, and a battle screech are three precise concepts to understand the initial moments of Evan McPhaden's life here on Terra Firma. Evan hatched from an egg early due to an overzealous amount of 60Hz rumble. A shimmey-shake and a runaway, he spread his wings and took off far away to meet the others on the mast of a fisherman's boat at sea. In the crow's nest is where he found his passion for plucking away at his 5 thick strings that can loosen the jaw of any Loch Ness monster. Within the past decade Evan has grown into something really special. A feather from Evan is worth unspeakable amounts in the Chinese black market.

Photo: Jim Houle Photography


(Drums) rob
Once his mysterious past has been more accurately researched, scientific papers and other academic journals will be chomping at the bit to get a first look at this elusive creature. Until then we'll just have to read a top ten listicle about why certain individuals are better at keeping a beat going with their limbs. All we know is that Rob in search of the true reason why metal crashing on metal or other manufactured synthetic circular forms sounds good to the human ear. Please forward any relevant info to HOUK@APALOO.ZA along with a stamped, unsealed envelope and $2.56 in 1956 wheat pennies.

Photo: MKDevo




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