Stockholm Syndrome is made up of an all-star cast. When Widespread Panic bass player Dave Schools and acclaimed singer/songwriter Jerry Joseph of the Jackmormons decided to collaborate, each initially thought the side project would be a cool, if temporary, change of pace. With two studio albums released and multiple tours behind them, Stockholm Syndrome has transcended being just a side project. Stockholm Syndrome is a band.
The band's unusual choice for a name, Stockholm Syndrome, refers to the psychological phenomenon in which a hostage bonds with his kidnappers. It seemed an apt moniker for the pair's somewhat convoluted relationship. Now all Schools and Joseph needed was a band.
They put together their "Dream Team" including Eric McFadden (a San Francisco-based guitarist who has worked with Keb Mo', Les Claypool and George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars), Danny Louis (an Upstate NY based keyboard virtuoso widely known for his role in Gov't Mule and Cheap Trick) and drummer Wally Ingram (an L. A.-based drummer who has worked with Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman and David Lindley). All three musicians were on board and are now back for more live dates and a pending studio album.
Stockholm Syndrome is ready to serve up its potent brew of provocative songs and thrilling, genre-transcending musicianship to worldwide audiences. Schools is already contemplating the future, "We'll take it as far as it wants to go. I think that everyone is really enjoying playing together…it ceased to be a recording project and became a band."
There aren't many bands with the ability to hit the ground running the way Stockholm Syndrome did. And now that they're launched, they show no sign of slowing down soon.