Chuck Mancillas and Tom Slik, real brothers, started jamming together (bass and drums) for fun in the late eighties recording on a Fostex X-15 cassette 4 track recorder. Their real musical lives involved playing in LA rock, new wave and power pop bands in clubs for money and/or for fame (Texas Terri, Killer Crows, Kristian Hoffman Band, Jigsaw Seen, Poe, Cult of One, Harry Dean Stanton, Ruben and the Jets and way more). Collectively, the brothers played and headlined with various acts in virtually (well almost virtually) every club in Los Angeles with various nobodies, has-beens, stars and the who's who of the underground elite. Tom studied bass with the infamous Carol Kaye while Chuck studied with Frank Zappa Alumnus, Ralph Humphries. Their schooling didn’t take away from their Iggy Pop, James Brown, Beck approach to crafting or destroying a song. In 1996 after earning enough money playing drums on records for other artists, Chuck bought the clunky ADAT 8 track recorder and a 16 channel Mackie board for way too much money. They recruited guitarist Joe Kramer, and recorded their first single "Halloweenish." They released the song as an Orange Vinyl 7" and it became a staple on College radio playlists. To this date, their discography includes 5 full length CDs, three EPs and two vinyl 7" records plus inclusion on several compilations. Their eclectic songs have charted on both College and NPR radio and heard world wide. Their live shows are something to behold as they are joined by multi-instrumentalist, Dan Marfisi (POE. Lowen and Navarro, Jones) and as of February 2018, the brothers are joined by guitarist/engineer Rico Garcia who brings in a funky, swampy flavor. The Drool Brothers are alive and healthy. Their success by way of gaining fans and underground radio airplay continues to encourage their productivity. See discography.
Hana Lee Studios
Chuck Mancillas runs Hana Lee Studios where the Drool Brothers record. The studio is also available to bands and songwriters or for those who want Chuck to track drums. Files can be sent anywhere! Of course he no longer uses the aforementioned ADAT unless someone wants to re-mix an old ADAT tape :-) Instead, the studio is comprised of hand picked boutique analog pre-amps, high end mics and compressors, vintage instruments such as a Fender Rhodes, Moog Opus 3, Gretsch/Ludwig Drums and a noisy Farfisa in harmony with RME AD/DA conversion. Hana Lee is high-fi, lo-fi and sci-fi all at once. Chuck and Tom Slik can also record rhythm tracks for you as well - please refer to the contact page to e-mail Chuck.
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