When the four musical minds that make up Chicago's FIRST NAME BASIS (more commonly referred to as FNB) came together in early 2003, they dedicated themselves to creating a sound that would bring the groove back to rock 'n roll - and now hundreds of shows and one full length album later, it seems they are doing just that. The First Name Basis sound combines a healthy mix of blues based rock & funk with an infectious songwriting style that has earned the band an impressive following in their hometown Chicago and throughout the Midwest. While maintaining a hectic tour schedule throughout the summer of 2003, the band used their minimal off time to record and produce their full length debut CD, 'SNAPSHOTS'. The albums ultra-funky first single 'Nine Lives' received favorable reviews everywhere and helped introduce the band to many new audiences. The album has since become a huge seller at shows and with online music retailers like CDBABY.com and TowerRecords.com - thanks to the internet new fans from all over the world have discovered the melodic sounds of this fresh and funky quartet. Despite a taste of success with recording, the guys continue to focus on their first passion, live performance. Their wildly energetic full band performances have earned them a reputation for turning any venue into an energy filled dancehall. That reputation combined with the bands dedication to playing 'whenever, wherever' seem to be working for First Name Basis. FNB guitarist Tate best explains the bands feeling that success means having fun doing something you love while not being afraid to work hard and sacrifice - 'Regardless of a venue's size or location, we go all out on every show to play our best, we always give people a high energy performance' - this refreshing passion for spreading the music under any circumstances has worked well for the band. Sticking to a DIY grassroots approach to touring and promotion, FNB turns in one stellar performance after another earning their success one fan at a time.