Tree Adams and Chris Scianni are THE HOWLIN' VOLTS, a contemporary blend of blues-rock and urban influenced punk. They met back in 1973 in NY and their paths have tangled through different bands over the years. Recently, Tree sat in with Chris at a gig at the Sunset Marquis and afterwards they decided to fire it up again. They each sent each other 5 blues riffs and BOOM! Look out motherfuckers!
Tree Adams growls, whispers, and pleads. His songs are rife with fun imagery, and occasionally the twisted. He loves to get a good groove on. There's always some slinky blues and fun in there and he's apt to take a wailing guitar solo now and again. His career began in NYC as the lead singer of The Hatters. They toured extensively in the 90s playing the HORDE tour, played every dive bar in sight, and jammed with all the roots rock and blues acts in back sheds large and small, from coast to coast. Eventually Tree settled down in LA to do the composer/studio musician thing. Since then he has done countless film and television projects, including Californication, The Bronx is Burning, Perception and Walking Tall, to name a few. In recent years he's had the opportunity to play with a wide range of characters from the likes of Taj Mahal to Keb Mo, from Marilyn Manson to Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, and many more.
Guitarist Chris Scianni has a deep love for the blues, is driven by rock, and possesses the distinct ability to cross many genres of music. An ambitious and talented player, Chris hails from New York City and began his long career in the music industry touring and playing at a young age with local acts. Developing from his urban roots and Latin influences of the city, he started the band Dangerman and scored a top 20 hit with his song “Let’s Make A Deal.” Chris went on to play in Echobrain with Jason Newsted of Metallica and also recorded and toured with Huey And The New Yorkers with Huey Morgan of the Fun Lovin Criminals. As the founding member of The Tangiers Blues Band, Scianni has played with the likes of Gregg Allman, Tom Morello, Donald Fagen, Dave Grohl, Mike McCready, Mark Ronson and many more. Chris has toured extensively, playing some of the worlds greatest venues such as Preservation Hall in New Orleans, Royal Albert Hall in London and Madison Square Garden in his hometown New York City.
The Howlin' Volts are bi-coastal and play regularly in both New York City and Los Angeles. Their eponymous EP was released this summer, and a follow up with “Dem Blues” will follow in fall of 2015.