Happy Jacket Bio
In the Fall of 2003, drummer Dan Kalaf and guitarist Alex Spradling met for the first time through a mutual friend, Sarah Kelly. Tom Oakes, who knew Dan from High School, and Kyle Shelton joined shortly there after to add guitar/vocals and bass, respectively. With all four of them together, they formed the band "Happy Jacket". They claim to be "a high intensity hard-rock band" who "churn out song after song of heavy yet melodic soundscapes". After their first show, I started tagging along with the band and did sound for them at most of the venues they played at through Missouri. They recorded and released a five track LP during the Summer of 2005 and lost Alex, the lead guitarist, in September, to Florida, where he decided to go to school.