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Triangle Exception

In early-2007, Doug Darrell recruited fellow Delaware native and college buddy Steve Wonchoba to help him rekindle his passion for music by entering the annual RPM Challenge ( Darrell was a veteran of the local club gig scene of Northern Delaware in the mid-90's, and Wonchoba had a few independent releases under his belt.

Thus was born Triangle Exception, a moniker born out of the pressure to create one, but having no meaning beyond that.

They succeeded in creating a submission to RPM, and finding it to be quite the hoot, they forged ahead. This despite the fact that they haven't seen each other since graduating from the University of Delaware in 1991. Tracks traveled back and forth in cyberland between Steve's home in Minneapolis, and Doug's in Landenberg, PA – just an hour south of Philadelphia.

In August 2007, they released an expanded and retooled version of the RPM album, under the title Cheesesteak Walleye. Projecting the flotsem and jetsem of styles they've each mentally collected, the album has produced comparisons with Frank Zappa, Rush, Mike Keneally, and Genesis.

They quickly followed up with the EP Echo Papa Zero One in October, 2007. The idea was to get a few of the songs into the digital realm as soon as possible, without waiting for more output. The hand-burned CD justified the enthusiasm, as it spawned the most downloaded TE song to date, "Live Aid '85".

2008 begin, and with it, work on their 3rd effort, as yet untitled. They would take the whole year to write and record this one. By February 2009, H-Town was complete and available to the masses, marking their first effort at creating an album unified by a single story arc, pieced together in a narrative track available on the physical CD. Although each track is a scene from the narrative, they are sequenced for musically rather than sequentially, so the narrative tracks pieces them together, thus acting as a roadmap and removing the guesswork.

As with their earlier releases, they mix conventional rock with jazz fusion and experimental forms in a playful concoction. The more lively of the two instrumentals on the album features veteran bass player Bryan Beller, who in addition to his solo work, has toured with Steve Vai, Dethklok, Zappa Plays Zappa, and is a frequent low end anchor of the Mike Keneally Band.