BRISSART is a 5-piece group playing a variety of styles, such as: Mainstream (Incubus, Creed, Train, The Calling) Dance (Black Crowes, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Violent Femmes) Guitar Greats (Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan) Classic Rock (Styx, Journey, Doors, Kiss, Steppenwolf) Grunge (Alice in Chains, Red Hot Chili Peppers) Semi-Punk (Lit, Blink 182, Green Day, SR-71, The Clash) Heavy (Linkin Park, Godsmack, Disturbed, Staind)
The actual beginning of BRISSART goes back to 1991 when Claude wanted to start a band based on the concept of songs consisting of classic guitar playing legends such as: Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton etc. This eventually turned out to be a blues-rock orientated formatted set list. The Band was first called "Claude B and the Groove" which consisted of 8 players: two keyboards, flute, two female singers, bass, drums, and guitar. After six months or so of that format, a decision was made to change the format to heavier alternative rock, as the grunge scene of Seattle was starting to take the country by the belt loops. In early 1992, Claude revamped the whole band and renamed it, BRISSART. The new band members were, Scott Stackhouse, Roger Bough and Shawn Flora. Claude was the winner of the Guitar Gunslinger contest that featured many guitar players throughout the Midwest, competition was every Wednesday, and it took eight months to weed out the best players. The prizes consisted of a Washburn Guitars endorsement, thousands of dollars in musical equipment and studio time. BRISSART used the studio time to record an album (CD) "BRISSART GAMES". Unfortunately they (the management company for BRISSART) were unsuccessful at shopping the CD to record company labels, but the band was very fortunate enough to gain many friends and fans throughout the state and Midwest; especially downtown Indianapolis at the legendary SPORTS BAR, (you know the big one, with two large rooms with two stages and massive sound systems). BRISSART also received occasional airtime and support from the earlier X-103 radio station in Indianapolis. After three years of fun in the limelight, Claude became burned out and frustrated out of the fact that his dream, and the band's dream, of a big recording label showing any interest, never happened. The band mates went their separate ways. Scott and Shawn have kept up their licks ever since with different bands. Roger did some musical projects as mentioned in his bio, while Claude stayed in hibernation with the thought of total retirement from any kind of music, although his sons' (yes plural) large interest and passion for playing music in their dad's presence was hard to ignore. In late December of 2001, Shawn and Scott called Claude, and wanted to form a band. With persistence and determination, Claude finally attended a meeting with Scottie and Shawn, and their goal was accomplished, in short., a BRISSART reunion. Roger was called upon with open arms, while the newest BRISSART member, keyboardist/vocalist extraordinaire Mark Long was added. The Band's (yes it is now a democratic band, well not politically anyway) main goals are to play music that is progressive, hard edged, fun lovin', dance kickin' memorable, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond, while unleashing originals from within their congenial-hard rockin souls, and conveying their essence of mood which is a happy, hyper, maniacal, melodic, frenzy of thumpin' and bumpin'.
430 N. Bosart Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46201