A long time Bay Area musician, guitarist/composer Will Bernard first came to prominence through his membership in Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble, whose first record appeared in 1990. Since then he has been involved with a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. He has performed and recorded with Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Peter Apfelbaum's various band incarnations, Beth Custer, The Coup, and Midnight Voices to name a few. The most successful of these projects was the group T.J. Kirk (with Charlie Hunter) whose 2nd record for Warner Bros. "If Four Was One" was nominated for a Grammy in 1997. Will released his debut CD as a leader, Medicine Hat, in 1998 on Verve/Antilles.
The sound of MOTHERBUG is based in a guitar/keyboard heavy blend of R&B with strong ties to the Bay Area sound pioneered in the 60's and 70's (ala Santana, Sly Stone, and Tower of Power). What makes the whole mix a little different is the quirkiness of Will's compositions. With forays into the world of electronic ambiance and a jam band attitude, the Motherbug songs add elements of lounge, surf, and anything else that gets picked up on the way. Solid pop hooks and a sense of humor complete the package.