Meet Kevin and Brian, or as they like to call themselves, Higgins.
They've been playing music most of their lives and they're ready
to share it with the world.
In the pre-Higgins days of old (the late nineties), Brian and
Kevin both lived in Long Island, New York. Brian played drums for
a group called Zygomatic, and Kevin was handling the guitar for
The Delicious Trees. He handled it so well that Brian couldn't
help but notice. Kevin had also seen Brian play, and although they
hadn't formally met, a mutual respect was born.
In 1999, Brian left Long Island, New York for Weehawken, New Jersey,
while Kevin stayed on the Island. In Jersey, Brian met E.J. Russo,
a chef who also happened to be a bass player. The two started to
play together and decided to start a band. E.J. and Brian also
had a mutual friend on Long Island who had previously tried to
recruit Brian for his band, Jaha. This friend kept telling E.J.
about one of the guitarists from Jaha, named Kevin. When Brian
realized that Kevin was the same Kevin from the Delicious Trees,
he headed out to the island to see the Trees, and made a connection
Early on, Brian and Kevin realized that they shared a number of
musical influences, including (but not limited to) Yes, The Beatles,
Frank Zappa, Kevin Ayers, and T-Rex.
Once the roster was set, Higgins began recording material for
their self produced album entitled With Love, Higgins .
During that time the band started playing a number of shows in
the tri-state area.
In early 2001, E.J. left the band and moved to the Florida Keys
to pursue a career as a chef. Brian and Kevin were at a crossroads.
Ultimately, the two of them decided to start recording a new batch
of songs in their Weehawken apartment. Kevin engineered and produced
their songs in bursts over the next year.
With Dear Higgins complete, Brian and Kevin contemplated
presenting the songs in a live setting. After experimenting, they
saw the possibility of performing as a duo without losing the unique
touches they had worked on in their home studio.
The response to live Higgins was very positive, created a local
buzz, and attracted the attention of Bill Dolan, who soon signed
them to Maggadee Records in 2004.
Dear Higgins , all of which was recorded in Higgins'
living room, kitchen, bathroom & bedroom, is set for release
in February 2006, and is the culmination of six years of outstanding
writing, playing and recording. All you have to do is listen.