Tom Bittel - Guitars, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Various other Instruments, Songwriting
Dad’s Noisy Basement (DNB) is the performing alias of Hartford, Connecticut area singer/songwriter Tom Bittel. “Dad” turns out catchy pop melodies with offbeat lyrics, along with twangy, surfy instrumental songs.
An avid collector of old LP’s and 45’s and even older 78s, Bittel draws on his wide variety of influences to create original pop tunes set to irresistible beats with memorable musical hooks. A multi-instrumentalist, he typically records his songs a layer at a time, performing all the interlocking parts himself.
The Dad’s Noisy Basement Show
Dad’s repertoire includes selections from his sizeable catalog of original songs, as well as rock, pop, Hawaiian, swingy, and rootsy tunes of many stripes, culled from his vast collection of records. He has performed multiple times at The Dirt Salon in Hartford, both solo and with other Hartford-area musicians.
Previous and Present Bands
Dad spent a number of years with a group called See Jane Run. Joining fellow songwriter and guitarist Mark Gaulke, bass player John Kaukas, and (original) drummer Peter Rustin, the band turned out two CDs of original rock.
Dad’s current band, The Aquatudes, plays in the surf-rock genre and has released a CD titled “Unsafe at Any Speed!” (2012), containing 12 Bittel-penned instrumental compositions and is also available on CD and digital downloads from CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and other sources. The Aquatudes typically play about twelve gigs per year at clubs, festivals, fairs, and benefit events.