fools & Fanatics
Hailing from Massapequa NY, Fools and Fanatics is a LI rock band formed by two childhood friends, Tom Rende (vocals/guitar) and Mike Raymond (guitar). Prior to forming the band, they were involved in several different projects with local musicians but never captured a sound they truly felt belonged to them.
With the hopes of bringing more of a unique edge into their rock and roll, they began writing songs and developing their own sound in 2011. After spending a year or so playing acoustic performances across the island, F&F met up with Tom Finnegan, the band’s drummer, in 2013. Finnegan added yet another crucial element to their sound by bringing a powerful rhythm that got the band moving in a direction they immediately connected with.
While on the gig trail, the trio then met up with the band's bassist Jon Kurmanchik. Adding elements of indie and funk, Jon was the missing piece to the puzzle. Fools and Fanatics continued to play out and develop momentum while recording their first album, 'Just Wait', officially released in April of 2017.
Determined to have a wide range sound, F&F encapsulates many different elements of rock & roll including blues, alternative, and ambient rock. Through the member's diverse musical background and their uniquely powerful sound, they always bring fun and energy to every performance they give. Regardless of what you are into, if you like good music, Fools and Fanatics is an up and coming force to be reckoned with!