Adrian Grimes Lead Vocals – With a music career that spanned Britain and the USA, Adrian toured extensively in the 80s and 90s, supporting many international acts, such as Joan Jett, Y&T, Girl, Europe, Kix, and Yngwie Malmstein. Signed to Essex Music in 1988, his band Sumo Giants recorded "Tower of Babel", produced by ELO's Jeff Lynne and released through EMI. A famous radio DJ called it the "best rock single since Bohemian Rhapsody" and it now enjoys cult status. His band Fear of Silence released the album "Two Words for Wendy" on EFRVS Records in 1996, followed by more touring, singles, and videos. Moving into session work, he recorded with artists such as LA Mix and Judd Hamilton (Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds), and once guested for 2 songs with Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) in Birmingham, UK. After going back to school to get his PhD, Adrian is now back with THE SOLUTION as the Doctor of Rock!
Gary Ellis Guitar/Vocals - Gary has been in the Wisconsin music scene for many years, performing in original and cover bands. Some of the bands he's rocked the stage with are Warlock, Picture This, and Hazed – opening for Saxon and Black Oak Arkansas. With Hazed, he co-wrote and produced an EP which went to #1 on ReverbNation in Madison, WI; he also writes music in his home studio. One claim to fame was trading guitar licks on stage with Paul Gilbert at a five day clinic in California. Gary believes in living life to its fullest – to live in the moment and with purpose, because really, that’s all we have. Gary plays a variety of guitars, including Fender, Ibanez, and Ernie Ball/Music Man. His main amp is a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier.
Mike Ales Guitar/Vocals – Mike was born and raised in Madison, WI, and is a self-taught guitarist from the age of 14. Bands were a part of life in high school and into young adulthood, and eventually led to the formation of the band Falcon, who had the opportunity to play all the area clubs/festivals and open for such bands as Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult, Starcastle, and Pat Travers. They also recorded originals and remakes. With the formation of THE SOLUTION in early 2018, the result of a concentrated talent search in the Madison area, Mike is very much enjoying the run with his seasoned band mates and looking forward to where this current chapter in music leads. Mike uses Gibson Guitars and Marshall Amps.
Mark Owens Bass Guitar/Vocals – Mark’s home town is Madison, WI, where he has played with a number of bands throughout his career: The Dronz, Bog Scunion, Pulse, Falcon, and now THE SOLUTION. Mark is also active in recording and jamming for fun, while he has also backed up many professional national acts. Although he likes multiple tones and guitars, he is usually seen reaching for a Fender bass. After all, it's all about the tone! Mark enjoys playing live with the other seasoned professionals in the group, as well as seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the gigs.
Jim Bandt Drums – A professional Drummer since the age of 12, Jim was a long-time member of national touring act and Plasticland recording artist Lezlie Thriller. Jim has also played and recorded with Midwest hard rock favorites Rok Sally, original hard rock band Tara Mara, and Hard Knocks recording artist Mission Blue, and has been seen on MTV and heard on radio stations across the country. Jim was also a member of the 2-time world champion Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Jim is in demand for live performances, as well as recording sessions and has been a member of many other Midwest based bands. Jim uses Sabian Cymbals exclusively.