About

Inner Ear Brigade (IEB) is an ensemble of musicians based in the San Francisco Bay Area who play a unique mix of progressive rock, jazz, and experimental pop, all delivered through their originally detailed compositions and arrangements. The music is “fun, happy, accessible, and proggy.” Steeped with a vintage analog sensibility, effects processing, and synthesizers, IEB crafts their sounds from “ RIO elements (Rock In Opposition), Canterbury (Sound), and Zappa”. IEB is Bill Wolter (guitar and compositions), Ivor Holloway (sax), Andrew Jamieson (keyboards), Stephen Wright (bass), Alison Niedbalski (vocals) and Christopher Lauf (drums).

History

Inner Ear Brigade formed around 2005 in Oakland, CA by Bill Wolter. The band started with a self released four song EP Belly Brain. The EP featured the talents of Doug Port – Drums, Marvin Ibe  – bass, Max Stoffregen  – keyboards, and Bill Wolter – Guitar.  Throughout the later 2006 – 2008 the performing band formation shifted around and with the addition of Eric Hoagland  – tenor sax, and Alex de Soria - Bass. IEB played several venues and festivals around the Bay Area with other like minded bands.  Around 2009 the band expanded from a 5 to 7 members with the addition of Ivor Holloway  – Tenor Sax, and Melody Ferris Vocals, and Ryder Shelly  –  Vibraphone.  In January 2012 IEB released their first full length album ‘Rainbro’ on AltrOck Records (Italy).

Honorary members and collaborators in evil sound science:

Doug Port – Drums

Ryder Shelly – Vibraphone

Nick Peck – Keyboards

Max Stoffregen – Keyboards

Eric Hoagland  – Tenor sax

Alex de Soria -  Bass

Rob Fix  – Bass

Pat Moran – Bass

Valentina Osinski – Vocals

Theo Padouvas – Trumpet