Influences: Ramones, Maker’s Mark, Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Jack Daniels, Humpty Hump, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Hot Chicks (with bad taste in men), ACDC, Beer…
Tony Wad started playing guitar back in 1980 while living in Syracuse, NY. After being kicked out of the first band he formed (name can’t be recalled at this time) it was the eighties….if you can remember you weren’t there. Tony soon began fronting Punk band ‘The Outcasts” which played in several terrible bars (this is when Tony learned that he can’t play guitar intoxicated) and middle school dances. Tony was soon obtaining “Higher Education” at MVCC playing in “The Belairs,” a rockabilly band out of Syracuse, NY, where Tony had the duty of ripping lead guitar… rockabilly style.
Next Tony went off to SUNY College at Fredonia, NY where he played guitar for “Rhino Shaft.” This was a very important moment because the bassist was kicked out of school (apparently you have to attend classes in order to stay….who knew?). Tony began shared Bass duties with legendary guitarist Charlie Lewis. “Free Moral Agent” was Tony’s next project with the band playing around the Fredonia area.
After graduation the band went into the studio to record their first collection of original songs, which almost led to Tony’s arrest for sneaking beer into the college studio, which apparently is frowned upon. Tony then attempted to “Make It” with his band. This did not go so well as Tony soon learned that he need money for food and beer to live. For the next 25 years Tony honed his craft in his basement, where his fans (wife and kids) encouraged him with cheers of “Turn it down” and “You Suck.”
One intoxicated night in 2008 Tony attended a party at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC and witnessed what can only be described as a “spectacle” – the power duo “WPOS!!!” Tony dreamed of a day when he could audition for this band of musical savants. Finally after years of negotiations an audition was arranged in February, 2011. Tony brought his drummer, Mike “Timex” McNamara (who had a month of drumming experience) along to keep time and soon the “Power Trio of Four” was complete. The rest is musical history.