aka/ The Kid
Henry Lange/ Lead Vocals
Henry Lange rose to prominence in the early 2000s in the California rock scene as the lead singer of Uncle Melvin. In 2002, Lange rented his PA system to "partners in crime" Jon Dostou and Evan McKee, after failing a previous audition, and later joined their hard rock band as lead vocalist when the band members decided that letting him join would both save them money and allow Evan to focus on his guitar playing. After finding out that the name NVS (which Dostou & McKee called their band at the time) was being used by another band, Lange persuaded Dostou & McKee to change the band's name from NVS to Uncle Melvin.
In June of 2004, Uncle Melvin appeared on the MTV Networks nationally televised game show, VH1’s Cover Wars. Selected from thousands of bands around the country, Uncle Melvin was the only band chosen from California. Airing from New York City and hosted by Paul Shaffer, bandleader of David Letterman’s Late show, the band performed Live in front of a studio audience and a national viewership of literally millions. Being flown across country to the most exiting city in the world to perform at MTV studios is an experience that Uncle Melvin will surely never forget. This event established Uncle Melvin as the premier cover band in Northern California.
Soon after VH1 debut, Lange became well-known for his flamboyant showmanship and outrageous off-stage behavior. One SF-based music critic described Lange as "the most obnoxious singer in human history, an achievement notable in the face of long tradition and heavy competition." Although often noted more for physical than for technical vocal prowess, Lange's bluesy baritone voice and distinctive screams, along with his often humorous and campy stage antics, were integral to Uncle Melvin's appearance & sound. Lange is able to take his voice into a multi-pitched wheeze/rasp, almost like a train whistle...After taking several years off to travel the world, Henry is back with his old bandmates & has reformed as the Bay Area super group "SuperBad"!
Jon Dostou/ Bass Guitar
aka/ The Legend
Often called "the Eddie Van Halen of the bass," Jon Dostou just happened to catch his big break playing with former Uncle Melvin frontman Henry G Lange. Although Eddie Van Halen gets the lion's share of credit for popularizing the two- handed tapping technique on guitar, it's been rumored that Dostou began utilizing the same technique around the same time, albeit on his bass, resulting in a debate during the '90s (among guitar geeks, at least) as to who was the true originator. Hailing from the sunny locale of Northern California, Dostou spent much of the late '90s and early '00s as the leader of NVS, a bar band that first started by playing covers before focusing primarily on original material (that sounded quite similar to glam metel rock bands of the day). Moving forward to today, Jon brings his legendary bass playing skills the the Bay Area super group "Superbad"!
Jon has his Master's from the Berklee College of Music & is a Composer/Performer/Educator. www.jondostou.com www.phonothesismusic.com