The Breakfast (formerly Psychedelic Breakfast) is an American jam band known for its style of progressive and funk rock.

History

The band was formed in East Haven, Connecticut in 1998 with the original lineup consisting of guitarist Tim Palmieri, bassist Ron Spears, drummer Adrian Tramontano, and keyboardist Jordan Giangreco. They decided on their first name, Psychedelic Breakfast, based on the suggestion of Tramontano's cousin. It is a reference to the Pink Floyd song "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast", from their album Atom Heart Mother. The original idea of the band's name was a play-off of that song; "Adrian's Psychedelic Breakfast" (after Tramontano), and was later shortened to just "Psychedelic Breakfast". The band then began playing shows in Northeast and released their first album, Psychedelic Breakfast, in the summer of 1999. Four songs from that album were featured on the MTV series Undressed.

The band released their second studio album, Deuce, in the summer of 2001, followed by their first live album, Bona Fide, in the winter of 2003, a time during which they began supplementing their Northeast shows with the occasional national tour.

The band then won a Jammy Award for being "New Groove of the Year" in 2004, and shortly thereafter decided to change their name to The Breakfast. Also around this time, Relix Magazine printed an article about the band.

In the summer of 2005, The Breakfast released their third studio album, Real Radio, and embarked on a national tour that saw them open for popular bands such as The Wailers, moe., North Mississippi Allstars, and Gomez.

The Breakfast then released their fourth studio album, Moxie Epoxy, in the fall of 2006.

On July 7, 2006, shortly after The Breakfast played its 1,000th show, Giangreco played what was intended to be his final show with the band at Beardslee Castle in Little Falls, New York. Palmieri, Spears, and Tramontano then continued on as a trio for the next 13 months with Palmieri playing both keyboard and guitar.

On August 12, 2007, Matt Oestreicher played his first show as The Breakfast's new keyboardist at Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT.

On Dec. 31, Spears played his final show as The Breakfast's bassist at Electric Company in Utica, N.Y. At Spears's second-to-last show two nights prior at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT, Giangreco joined The Breakfast for four songs to close the performance, including a stellar version of one of the band's most highly regarded songs, Mooboo's Voodoo (Episode 2), and then a cover of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Karn Evil 9", with Spears on lead vocals. A 'Thank You' video montage featuring Spears, the other members of the band, and their friends was also shown.

On January 11, 2008, Chris DeAngelis played his first show as The Breakfast's new bassist at Sully's in Hartford, CT. DeAngelis, a Connecticut native, had previously played with Vermont's Turkey Bouillon Mafia and shared the stage with members of Parliament-Funkadelic, Eric Kalb (Deep Banana Blackout), Dave Grippo (Trey Anastasio Band), Fred Hersch, Chris Parker, and others.

On September 25, The Breakfast announced that due to creative differences Oestreicher would leave the band at the end of October. The band then embarked on a national tour, playing dates as a trio with Palmieri handling guitar and keyboard duties until Oestreicher's final run with The Breakfast, which began on Oct. 13 and culminated with his last show at Docksider Tavern in Erie, PA on Oct. 25.

On October 30, RAQ keyboardist Todd Stoops sat in with The Breakfast to begin their yearly Halloween run, The 10th Annual Fongoulish Freakout, which consisted of that night's performance at The Iron Horse in Northampton, MA, a show at The 'Sco at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio on Oct. 31, and then a Nov. 1 show at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in Burlington, Vermont. The run commemorated The Breakfast's 10th anniversary, featuring the theme of 'Cartoonage', named after one of the band's songs, "Tunage", and consisted of them interspersing famous cartoon theme songs with their own material.

On November 7, Giangreco joined the band for their entire performance at Bear and Grill in Fairfield, CT. He then played with the Breakfast for their shows at Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Nov. 28, followed by their performance at Daniel Street in Milford, CT on Nov. 29.

On December 12, The Breakfast announced that Giangreco would rejoin the band as their keyboardist and he then began his second stint with their show at Mill Street Brews in Southbridge, MA on Dec. 26.

In late summer of 2009, The Breakfast released their second live album, entitled The Breakfast: Live As Is, which consists of selected material from the group's February 28 show at The Field in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Palmieri's 30th birthday.

On October 31, 2009, the band played its 11th Annual Fongoulish Freakout show, for which the theme was a celebration of music by Parliament-Funkadelic. Rico Lewis, who played with P-Funk, joined the band for their second set that was entirely composed of P-Funk songs.

Lineup

The Breakfast is known for a high level of musicianship as all four members of the band are proficient at playing each instrument, something they occasionally do by "switching up" during a live performance. Palmieri is the primary songwriter, lyricist, and vocalist with Tramontano, DeAngelis, and Giangreco providing backup vocals and some lead in addition to their own compositions.