Toe-Tapping, Head-Banging, Ass-Shaking Classic Rock and Roll
Before delving into the band’s history, we need to address the origin of the band’s name. There are, of course, many connotations, implications, and insinuations with a name like “Angry Balls”, but the true meaning is quite simple: The band is named after one of our favorite drinks, “The Angry Balls”, which consists of a glass of Angry Orchard Apple Cider with a shot (or more) of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.
As always, please drink legally and responsibly…
In 2012, Kevin “The Hitman” Marino (drums) met John Swartz (bass) and Dave Hines (guitar) at an open mic, and subsequently formed the band *Glass-Eyed Monkey*. The band toured for about 6 months, developing a reputation for providing a hard-driving sound to a variety of classic rock songs, with dose of strong harmonies and a sense of humor. After a one-off gig in 2013 with the local “party-rock” band *The Rockoholics* in 2013, Kevin and John were recruited by Erick Preston (guitar) to form *The Irregulars*. The experience expanded on their collective repertoire, and gave them the opportunity to develop a more creative approach to covering songs – allowing for new arrangements of classic songs while still maintaining the feel of the originals.
In 2015, Kevin and John replaced the rhythm section of the local cover band *Sonic Euphoria*. While the band played some great material, it did not allow Kevin and John enough opportunities to provide lead vocals as the band had a dedicated lead singer. When the group disbanded after a few months together, John and Kevin met Keith Kryzynski (guitar) and a new musical project was born. The three members quickly established a good camaraderie and collective repertoire between them. Keith also quickly learned several songs that John and Kevin had been performing, and brought a more modern harder-edged sound to the band (with some great new additions to the repertoire).
The debut performance of The Angry Balls Project occurred in February of 2016 at the Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA. Since then, we’ve performed at over a half-dozen locations, mostly in the Merrimack Valley (including Hudson NH, Chelmsford, MA, Lowell MA, Salem NH, Methuen MA, Haverhill MA, Seabrook NH, and Salisbury MA). Keith left us in 2017 to pursue his other bands – he was replaced for a year by Jesse Silva, and now Andrew Sexton (after beating out several potential new players) has taken over the guitar role and The Angry Balls Project are once again ready to bring a full night of their brand of Toe-Tapping, Head-Banging, Ass-Shaking Classic Rock and Roll to YOU!
John Swartz (Bass Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals, Godzilla-Keeper)
Neither growing up on a farm nor an MIT education could prepare John Swartz for the life of a rock and roller. While his love for playing music became at a young age (playing the French Horn in elementary, middle, and high school; and becoming his church’s organist during high school), seeing KISS perform at the height of their popularity when he was 13 changed his life forever. Aside from playing in two garage bands in high school (where he first picked up a bass guitar, after having been a keyboard player), John’s real indoctrination to playing in a rock band would happen nearly 30 years after that first concert, when he helped form a local cover band known as “SIX”. A few years later, John was invited to some local open mics and jams and met new musicians. It was at one of these open mics that he met Kevin. And you’ve already heard “the rest of the story” above…
Kevin “The Hitman” Marino (Drums, Lead and Backing Vocals, Broken Drumsticks)
The story of Kevin Marino is shrouded in secrecy. Rumor has it that Googling him will return a completely blank page in your web browser, and repeated attempts will crash your computer (or cause your mobile device to explode). Even his bandmates can’t tell you if “The Hitman” refers to his proficiency on the drumkit or something more sinister – they don’t ask – they just don’t… Having been in various local bands north of Boston over the past few decades, logos for his former bands *The Midnight Dogz* and *Star Bird* still adorn the band’s current practice space. Reasons for the break-ups of those groups have been widely speculated, and rumors that it was due to someone touching Kevin’s drums can not be confirmed…or denied… In 2012, Kevin met John Swartz and again the history of that partnership has discussed above. Kevin also plays drums and sings in the local blues-rock band *On The Screws* – is the name a loose reference to “putting the screws to” someone? We don’t know, and we don’t ask – we just don’t…
Andrew Sexton (Guitar, Backing Vocals, Assorted Effects)
The “new kid” in the band, Andrew brings youthful energy and a killer sound to ABP. Previously he was rocking out the Merrimack Valley in the cover band, “Sinister Sister”, and after a rigorous screening process with nearly a dozen other guitarists who wanted to audition for the band, Andrew has been selected as the fulltime guitarist for the band. We’ll have more pics of Andrew in action from future gigs posted soon!
Keith Kryzynski (Guitar, Backing Vocals) – 2016-2017
The founding guitarist for The Angry Balls Project, Keith was the “metalhead” of the group – playing previously in the thrash/metal bands *Krucix* and *Deathgrip*, along with other cover bands. His most recent projects include a Rammstein tribute band called *Haifish*, and an original metal band *Shadowlynx*.
Jesse Silva (Guitar, Backing Vocals) – 2017-2018
With 30 years of experience, Jesse’s played in various bands from New England to Florida, playing a variety of styles including blues, rock, country, and metal. In addition to playing corporate shows, weddings, and clubs, Jesse has also performed for the troops in Iraq. Jesse performed with us for all of 2018 until other personal commitments had him taking time off from playing live.
Paul Monayer (Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals) – 2017, 2018
Paul filled in for Keith on two occasions when he was unavailable, as well a gig for us in-between Keith’s departure and Jesse’s arrival. A consummate professional with a good sense of humor (hey, to be in a band called The Angry Balls Project…), not to mention a proficiency with the Rush catalog, Paul plays in a number of local bands.
Scott Poesse (Guitar, Backing Vocals, Assorted Effects) – 2019
Prior to getting a permanent replacement for Jesse, Scott did a gig with us. Scott’s been playing guitar since the age of 13 and has loved rock and country music ever since. Prior to filling in with ABP, he was last seen tearing up the New Hampshire music scene in his band “Rewired”.