Photographer: Matt Treager

Musicians (Left to Right): Matt Cefalu, Dan Beirne, Tommy Grevlos, Ryan Burns

Meet the Band

Having successfully paid their dues making the rounds of the Chicago open-mic circuit four years ago, the members of Distant Brothers are wrapping up the recording of their first full-length studio album in 2016.

Distant Brothers began performing as a duo between Dan Beirne (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukelele) and Ryan Burns (banjo, mandolin, guitar) at Logan Square’s Gallery Cabaret. A desire for percussion gave way to Tommy Grevlos (drums, djembe) joining the group, while they entertained a variety of monikers for the band including “The Distance Boys,” which was quickly abandoned.

 

Some months later, while seeking to break further into the Chicago music scene, Matt Cefalu (guitar and bass), a mutual friend of Dan’s, approached the band to offer assistance in gig booking, as well as rounding out the roster with some electric bass. After their first rehearsal as a four-piece group, it was clear that group of four distinct voices was a match meant to be.

One six-song EP, two separate singles, and many Chicago shows later, the band finds itself continuing to evolve musically and philosophically, while maintaining the core values collectively instilled upon them: searching for truth within their artistic composition and bringing people together with their music.

My dad loves these guys!
— Jesus of Nazareth

 distant Brothers ©2017