Lowtide is the brain-child of high school friends Dave Mancini and Ken Mouzis. The two spent several years playing in various original and cover bands before deciding to form their own project in 1997.
Lowtide began as a three-piece, with Dave on guitar, Ken on drums, and Shay Giambastiani on bass and lead vocals. After Shay left the band in late 1997, the search was on for a new bass player and singer. But instead of finding a singer and bassist, Dave happened upon an ad in the LA Recycler for a guitar player seeking a band. Dave figured what the hell, "Two guitars are better than one," and he called the contact in the ad, Brett Norton. Dave and Brett's musical ideas meshed well, and the blend of their guitars changed the Lowtide sound completely. So, Brett joined the fold in March, 1998.
For a year the band continued to craft more original songs, while dealing with a revolving door of bass players, who contributed nothing but frustration to the band. It was during this time the guys abandoned the idea of finding a suitable lead singer, and Dave took over lead singing duties for good. Still in need of a bass player, Dave recalled a high school classmate who played bass that might fit the band perfectly. John Hamaker came in and auditioned, and brought the fire back to the band in one practice. He was immediately asked to join, and the real Lowtide was born.
The band went on a songwriting binge after John's arrival, and began playing all over the LA scene at places like The Troubador, The Coconut Teaszer, The Gig, The Garage, The Blue Saloon, and more, delivering their own brand of high-energy hard rock. Performing mostly original material, the band has been known to play covers from Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Iron Maiden.
Shortly after a show at the Coconut Teaszer (now out of business) on St. Patrick's Day in 2002, Ken decided to leave the band. He was replaced by Mark Agostino, who lasted about two years and played on the band's first full-length, 10-song CD, recorded in the summer of 2006. Mark left the band shortly after the completion of the recording.
In early 2007, Chris Stutts stepped in on drums. Chris is a veteran of several local bands, and fit right in both personally and musically. The band wrote several new tunes, continued polishing up their old music, as they finished up the mixing and mastering of the CD they had recorded a year earlier. Finally in the summer of 2008, the first Lowtide CD was printed and released, and the band made its triumphant return to the stage for the first time in six years on August 24, 2008!
Last Updated - 08.29.08