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Local Musician's Spotlight: Spectris

Formed in 2001, the Southern Vermont-based, rock trio Spectris combines progressive and classic rock, but also with elements of a more modern edge.

The band features Christopher Bergmann on guitar and vocals, Todd Westfall on drums and vocals and Josh Mosher on bass and vocals, with Bergmann and Westfall as founding members of trio, who had played in previous bands together such as Phoss and Invisible Spectrum, going back to their days at Bellows Falls Union High School.

Originally from Essex, MA, Bergmann migrated back to the Boston area after high school where he gained valuable experience playing in a handful of bands, while also rubbing elbows with the likes of David Robinson of The Cars and Sib Hashain of Boston.

"I played guitar, bass and keyboards for several bands such as Roxx, Dreamstreet and of course, Jazzin' Hell-With Jazzin Hell," Bergmann said in a recent interview.

"We opened for bands like The Lemonheads, The Straw Dogs, Rick Berlin, Neighborhoods... all at the tender age of 18. It was then that I knew this is what I wanted to do."

After high school, drummer Westfall started a family and began planning his own musical future while also assembling his gear, including a sweet Tama kit complete with auxiliary percussion, and a P.A. system.

In early 1997 Bergmann returned to the area, re-connecting with Westfall and the former duo started jamming.

"Todd and I hooked up and started writing some songs together, and around 1998 or 99' we started getting more serious.

"We went after better equipment and started writing and rehearsing more seriously."

After deciding to officially reform their band and transform the Invisible Spectrum moniker to Spectris, they released their self-titled debut in 2004, while the band continued to refine their unique blend of progressive influenced heavy rock with an edge reminiscent of Tool.

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