Take a groove and build it!
Build it until it becomes a part of your body. Add in driving bass lines, heartfelt lyrics with swooning melodies and you have experienced Hybrasil.
In 1995, Christian McNeill was the lead singer/guitarist for Schtum, released a CD for Sony’s Work Records, landed a top 20 Modern Rock Hit in 1995 and criss-crossed continents playing festivals and touring Europe and the US.
Schtum disbanded, and McNeill left Northern Ireland for Boston with a slew of new songs and newfound energy for making music. He recruited fellow Derry bassist Jeremy Dryden to join him and everything became complete when the two met Pennsylvanian drummer phenom Jeff Berlin and Hybrasil was born.
Named after an Irish folklore, Hybrasil, released their debut CD Friendly Destroyer on the now defunct BAM Records in 1998. Produced by Steve Fisk (Screaming Trees/ Soul Coughing), Friendly Destroyer landed the band on CMJ’s college charts and on much coveted opening slots for such bands as Morphine, The Violent Femmes and THE THE.
The Morphine connection grew stronger as Hybrasil started an extended family that joined the band live and on records that includes saxophonist Dana Colley (Morphine), guitarist Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter), mandolin player Jimmy Ryan (Catie Curtis), and trumpeter Tom Halter (Either/Orchestra).