March 31, 2018

The Bombers 4-set gig, starts 9 PM at the 50 Yard Line, in Babylon NY.  I interviewed co-guitarist, Jim Ahl about the band:

The Breslau Bombers Band

Please note before the interview gets underway, I’m Mike the author of the “Under the Radar” blog, and a member of the Breslau Bombers as well.

UTR (Under the Radar): Jim, tell the blog readers about the Breslau Bombers:

Jim: The generic description of the band would be a classic rock band. But we are a little more than that. While we do all covers, we like to make songs our own with different arrangements and vocal mixes. We also tend to pick some slightly more obscure songs, but they are always fun and stuff most people know. We always get good feedback on our song selections.

UTR: How in the world did you come up with the name Breslau Bombers?

Jim: The origins of the band were as a duo of myself on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Dan Gribbins on bass. We did all acoustic stuff, Grateful Dead, Beatles, and some folk/rock stuff. Dan nicknamed us the Jim Collection. We did this for a few years just for fun, playing occasionally at parties and such. Then we met up with Mike Virtuoso, another guitarist/vocalist. We quickly expanded our repertoire and played a gig for a private party and were well received. That was all it took, soon after that we added electric guitars and decided we needed a drummer.

A quick ad on Craigslist found us Frankie “Tomatoes” Ruiss. The first time we played together was at my house in Lindenhurst. Mikey V. also lived in Lindenhurst at the time. During that first jam, Frankie brought up the fact that Lindenhurst was originally called Breslau. At our next practice at Frank’s house, he had a sign calling us the Breslau Bombers. The name stuck, and the rest is history. About a year later Mikey V. moved away, and we found Matt Colorafi on keyboards and vocals, and more recently added Mike Borkan on guitar and vocals. We think this is a really good mix for us, and we are having a blast playing together.

UTR: The Breslau Bombers are a rock cover band. Give the readers some examples of the type of artists, bands and music you cover?

Jim: In addition to the classic Stones, Beatles, Credence, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Doors and Dead stuff, we also do more obscure songs by the Hollies, Boxtops, Faces, Guess Who, Del Shannon, Lovin’ Spoonful, Marvin Gaye, The McCoys plus a lot more. We even dabble into some stuff that is clearly not classic rock, like Johnny Cash and Tom Jones. I don’t like to pigeon hole us into a specific genre, but it is mostly classic rock, usually with a twist. We also like to do interesting segues, like The Boxtop’s “The Letter”, into Del Shannon’s “Runaway”. That one is a crowd favorite.

UTR: What’s been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge, and if so, how?

Jim: Our biggest challenge is time. With 5 members in the band, all with busy lives, it is difficult schedule time for practice. We tried setting a specific night each week as rehearsal day, but we still have to scramble at times to get together. I am not sure we will ever overcome this problem, but we just keep pushing on as best we can. We do make recordings of all of our practices to use when practicing on our own, and that has been a big help, but it really doesn’t work for new songs we are trying to learn. You need the whole band there together to get the arrangements right.

UTR: What’s the band’s goals and/or plans for the future?

Jim: Our most immediate goal is to expand our repertoire. Right now we have close to 50 songs we do at our gigs, but if you want to have a good following you need to mix it up. No one wants to see a band that plays the same stuff at every performance. We have a list of some new songs we want to add, so we will be busy learning them. Our long term plans are to continuing gigging no less than once a month. Personally I would love to do an acoustic set somewhere down the line as well.

UTR: If someone wants to stay in touch with the band, or hear some material, or learn more about the group what are the best ways?

Jim: People who want follow us, or just learn more about us, should go to our website: From there you can get info about the band, and see our calendar for upcoming shows. There are also links to our FaceBook page, and our YouTube page where there are many videos where you can hear and see us play.

UTR: Any Last words?

Jim: If you like old time rock and roll, please come and see us, and then you too can GET BOMBED!!!

Editor’s Note: We’re not advocating anyone getting inebriated during our gigs, and certainly not drinking and driving! However, please do support the bars and clubs and the bartenders. We do say “Get Bombed” in the sense and spirit of becoming a fan of our band! Sort of like becoming a dead-head or joining the KISS “Army”.

Have a story or idea for Under the Radar, or want to get your band noticed? Please contact me at the email below.


Tags: , , , , , , , , ,