Brad Thompson & The Undulating Band was formed as a vehicle for Brad’s original music. His songwriting and performing shows the influences of solo guitarists such as Michael Hedges and rock bands such as Toad the Wet Sprocket and Counting Crows.
He patterned the formation of the band after artists such as Lyle Lovett and Jeff Buckley who put their music in the capable hands of the finest musicians and the end result – great music regardless of what style or category with which you try to define it. When asked about the bizarre/lengthy name for his band, Brad recalls a radio interview he heard long ago with original Van Halen lead singer, David Lee Roth, just before taking the stage in front of thousands of fans at the famous US Festival in California in 1983. In Roth’s typical pre-show banter he says something about “Giving the crowd their fifty bucks-worth tonight on a silver platter man…” then he pauses and says “…and it’ll be undulating.” You could hear the interviewer and everyone backstage just fall about the place laughing it was so hilarious. Brad says, “As campy and ridiculous as Roth was, he was very serious about entertaining people. I had to use that word undulating, plus it adds balance to an otherwise ordinary sounding name.”