In 2008, when Kris Lohn was a student at Valparaiso University tinkering with the idea of starting a band, he came up with lighthearted moniker Stop.Drop.Rewind based on his original vision to create a synth dance outfit.
Three songs into developing his concept, however, the bassist realized that the sound was heading in a much edgier, more intense, power-pop direction. It quickly began solidifying into a fresh, multi-faceted vibe when his old friend, guitarist DJ Crenson, transferred to Valpo from the University of Maryland and the two began taking their longtime friendship and musical partnership to a whole new level. They had met years earlier, back in their 6th grade science class, and started their first group together by the end of that year. Stop.Drop.Rewind comes by its eclecticism naturally. Throughout middle school and high school, Kris and DJ played everything from punk and emo to jazz, marching band, contemporary Christian and singer/songwriter styled material.
“Our vibe changed,” Kris muses, “and we checked it out and there were no other bands called Stop.Drop.Rewind. It was a goofy idea, but now it’s a ten year old band name so it just works.” The band, whose current lineup includes drummer Andy Sutton and guitarist/vocalist Josh Andrews, will perform at 616 Music Venue in Kenosha February 23 as part of their tour for their just released first full length album Element & Aftermath.