Smit-Haus is a modern rock band that reflects it's influences: the lyrical rock of Weezer, Tom Petty, Toto and The Wallflowers meets the syncopation of The Police, Dave Matthews, Red Hot Chili Peppers and 311. The band is best known for it's inspired live performances in and around the New York area as well as notable appearances in the 2002 Millenium Music Conference, the 1999 Mentos Freshmaker Tour, the 1998 Intel New York Music Festival and Brown University's Campus in 1997 and 1998 (named one of the ten best annual parties of the year by Vanity Fair magazine). Smit-Haus has also been a regular on college campuses, including Bates, Columbia, Tufts, Cornell, Brown, Connecticut College, Washington & Lee, Yale, American and the University of Virginia, to name a few. Smit-Haus has opened for, and shared bills with, a wide and eclectic variety of national acts including Jimmy Herring and Oteil Burbridge's Aquarium Rescue Unit, Self, Everything, Big Ass Truck, Love Seed Mama Jump, Deep Banana Blackout, Native, Mosaic, The Slip, Soup, June Rich Project, Dowdy Smack, Milo Z and Tripping Billies. Smit-Haus was founded at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in the Fall of 1996 by vocalist/bassist Chris 'Smitty' Smith and guitarist Martin Small. Originally a band devoted to classic funk covers of the late 60's and 70's, the band moved to New York in 1997 and began frenetically writing original funk/rock music, resulting in their May 1998 debut album 'Basement Funk,' which the band produced and marketed independently. After playing clubs and colleges up and down the East coast for more than a year, the band regrouped and refocused it's attention on writing. The band was joined by Brian Griffin on drums and Sam Albright on saxophone. Tad Kinchla accepted what was to be only a temporary assignment on the bass with Smit-Haus before leaving to join his brother and life-long friends in Blues Traveler. Smitty assumed duties on the bass and the band's sound subsequently took on a decidedly more rock flavor, but maintained much of the groove which permeated it's earlier efforts. Smit-Haus recorded it's self-titled album at Powerhouse Studios in Astoria, Queens under the watchful eye of engineer John Campos. The album features six songs which capture the band's new sound and direction. The songs are markedly heavier than the band's previous work, and in the vein of garage-band rock meets modern day funk and punk. Smit-Haus has been touring extensively promotoing a host of tunes, both old and new. The band looks to market the record aggressively, seeking management and label support. Smit-Haus is: Smitty - bass & lead vocals Martin Small - guitar Brian Griffin - drumset, synths.