Dana Victoria - Vocals
Bill Bois - Bass and Vocals
Russ Stanhope - Drums
Mike Rogers - Guitar and Vocals
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|Dana Victoria has always been on
stage. As a child, she was in a ballet company and went to Booker's
Visual Performing Arts School. She later studied voice under Joseph
Her last band, New Sense, was together for two
and a half years before breaking up in the spring of 1997. (The drummer
for New Sense can be found elsewhere on this page.)
Bass, Guitar, Harmonica and Vocals
|Bill was a founding member of the
Boston punk outfit Psycho. During his time with the band, he started
Ax/ction Records, produced releases by other Boston bands and did some
solo recording. He even played on one of GG Allin's discs.
After moving to Florida, he reported for Rolling Stone Online, wrote software, and searched for great musicians. He found the other members of Swallowed in late 1997.
|Legally blind since birth, Russ
started his musical career by playing cover instrumentals in biker bars
for free beer. Since then, he's been in loads of bands.
Russ gained some notoriety with a comedy song he wrote and on which he sang all the voices and played all the instruments. Called "Speech Therapy," it got repeated airplay on the infamous Ron & Ron show.
Another song he co-wrote, "Chosen Path," was played as the Olympic Torch came down Main Street on its way to Atlanta. Russ was behind the drums that day, of course.
Russ lists his influences as Frank Zappa, Keith Moon and the Three Stooges.
Guitar, Dulcimer and Vocals
|Originally from Texas, Mike moved
to Florida in 1995 and finally settled in the Tampa Bay area because of
its healthy music scene. He formed a short-lived improvisational
band called Mean Uncle Charlie, and still occasionally plays with Freestyle
His first musical inspiration was Blondie and his dad's Boston, Styx and Led Zeppelin records. He soon moved on, soaking in the sounds of Black Sabbath, Metallica and especially Soundgarden.
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