The Hermans are a high-energy, loud, musical, rock-punk-jam category-defying band that delivers a high-energy performance every time they take the stage. Their sound, style, and point-of-view is reminiscent of The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., and Nirvana with jazz influences throughout. The Hermans pride themselves on setting their music apart from that of other bands. The current "rock and roll" scene is saturated with indie rock bands and other various gimmick/image-based music. They believe music should always come before image, which is definitely proven in their live performance and recordings.
The current Hermans lineup has been around Missoula, Montana since 2004 and would have toured sooner but their drummer (like that of any good rock band) fell victim to a serious accident (table saw) and nearly lost his hand. The doctors gave him a recovery time of over six months but The Hermans played their highly anticipated comeback show within a month and a half. They then proceeded to tour the Pac-Northwest in January 2007. In addition, The Hermans have played over 100 shows state-wide and across the nation since their birth.
During the first four years of existence, singer Dave Jones and drummer Derk Schmidt kept a journal of the band, which has been published. The Hermans: Stalking America, published by Running Press out of Philadelphia, was released in bookstores October, 2007. With a forward by Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, it is the running, living journal of a working rock band from Anytown, USA. In support of the book, The Hermans toured to the East coast in June 07, including a stop in New York City for Book Expo America and a show at the famous Don Hill’s club, plus stops in 6 other cities. In July of 2007, The Hermans added guitarist Chris "The Count" Knudsen to their lineup. The Count is an established touring musician as well as the bassist for the Missoula-based International Playboys. Count plays rhythm and lead guitar and toured with The Hermans in October 2007 to promote the release of their book. This tour was comprised of two weeks down the west coast and back, including stops at radio stations and Barnes & Noble bookstores with live in-store performances and book signings, followed by rock and roll shows at night in each city.
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