Why hire Underdog Syndrome?
Underdog Syndrome is a 4-piece band that focuses on catchy melodies, powerful rhythms, and lyrical freedom . They have played alongside national touring acts and been featured in various magazine and newspaper publications. While originally from South St. Louis, the band is currently spread throughout mid-Missouri. They regularly perform on the college circuit, as well as festival shows.
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Underdog Syndrome’s origins date as far back as 2005. That year, guitarists/singer-songwriters Michael Kennedy and Joe Maddock got together looking to start a band. They began to write acoustic songs under the name Constructive Criticism. By the beginning of 2006, however, they wanted more than just a duet performance; they wanted a full-out, balls-to-the-walls BAND band.
In May of 2006 they were smiled upon by the heavens when they met drummer Steve Hughes. They “auditioned” with him and the three immediately knew that they were perfect for each other. Their first performance was Feb. 1, 2007- a Battle of the Bands- at the original four’s high school, Oakville Senior High. They pulled an upset over some well-established bands, taking 1st place. Three days later they were playing Pop’s Nightclub; one of the largest venues for local St. Louis bands. At this performance, they were aired live on 105.7 The Point. In late February they performed at the Next Big Thing Battle of the Bands- a competition between 40 bands. Amazingly, they placed first and won a decent chunk of change. Then in early March they opened for the national-touring act Self Against City.
January 2008 brought about yet another Oakville Battle of the Bands. With their reputation on the line, they played in an even more challenging competition than the year before. One of their toughest opponents was, in a twist of events, Perfect Flaw, of which Kennedy had joined during a hiatus. Somehow, they took first place for the second year in a row.
As their popularity rapidly grew, the demand for a professional CD was never higher. The three members entered the doors of Shock City Studios in the summer of 2010, where they recorded with engineer Tony Esterly. The band’s three song demo Pup-Side Down (EP) was released in early August. In late December, the band added bassist Zach Brooks, a friend of Kennedy’s to the band. With over a decade of musical training, he was ready and willing to round out the group. This new lineup played their first show at The Foxhole. This performance became a stepping stone to playing on the main stage at the 2011 St. Louis Pride Festival. There they were the final act in support of Kimberly Lock of American Idol fame. Today, the band is working their way through college; waiting for the day that they can hit the road on tour. They’re more than a band - they’re a family!
They believe in their music and their passion shows. With high energy and acclaim for playing "CD quality" live performances they have been able to bring crowds in to the music. Though they may not show it very often, they do have a softer side if needed. Versatility is huge in their eyes. You can expect a band that tries to be as professional as possible without taking themselves too seriously. Music is about fun and passion.
Steve Hughes: Drums/Vocals
Zach Brooks: Bass/Beard Lobbyist
Mike Kennedy: Guitar/Lead Vocals
Joe Maddock: Guitar/Vocals
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