The Bumpus Hounds
THE BUMPUS HOUNDS
A 3 piece Chicago trio started by brothers Peter (aka. THE P!$ToL - Bass/lead vox) and Michael (aka. Dr. Snoopy - Guitar/bkgrd vox) Vercillo. They added Mike Webb as their drummer. Formed in late 2009, the band wanted to continue the tradition of the "Chicago Sound" of punk rock; started by predecessors like NAKED RAYGUN, PEGBOY, THE EFFIGIES, STRIKE UNDER, SLUDGEWORTH, etc. The band is focused on writing songs that are aggressive, but that pays attention to melody. Elements of that Chicago brand of punk rock include big guitar sound, edgey and machine like driven bass, thought provoking lyrics, interesting and non-cliched subject matter, and incorporating a "less is more" mentality.
The band has shared the stage with many local and national acts over the years; playing most every local venue. Dr. Snoopy is a an actual doctor (SEE ALSO: Daryl Wilson of THE BOLLWEEVILS, who is good friend of the band). He is a thoracic surgeon. This makes touring virtually non-existent; although the boys have played and still may do the occasional one-off show in Detroit, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, South Bend, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Iowa City, etc.
They have only one official recording, a 10 song EP released in 2011; and have been playing loads of new material since. The Band went on hiatus from late 2015 to early 2018 due to some legal troubles for leader/trouble-maker, THE P!$ToL; but they are back and better than ever. Look for the boys to tear up the stage and for new recordings very soon.