Making sense of the Chaos

What started as three guys playing in bands back in their high school days has grown to be something quite chaotic, but a lot of fun.

Professor Chaos has been performing since 2007, bringing together the talents of Adam Dobson, Chris Poulin and Aaron "The Mozdz" Mozdzier - musicians from the Tri-Lakes area. Poulin, the band's bass player, and Mozdier, the band's drummer, had played in a band called The Atomic Playboys more than 10 years ago while Dobson was playing in a band called Ketchup Knife.

"Our bands played some shows together at The Getaway [in Saranac Lake] and we all became friends," said Dobson.

Over the next eight years, each of the three went their own ways, playing with various other bands. It wasn't until three years ago they reunited to "start a truly unique rock experience," said Dobson.

"We tossed around lots of different band names, but we ultimately settled on Professor Chaos," explained Mozdzier, "because it was the first name that all three of us really liked, and we felt that it conveyed our attitude well."

The band began playing local bars in Saranac Lake, writing original material that was a mix of "hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock, classic rock and slapstick comedy," said Poulin.

"We're almost like a vaudeville variety show," he said. "We've had people compare it to seeing stand-up comedy, with a little bit of rock tossed in."

Though Dobson calls the band's sound "hard to define," he said the philosophy being Professor Chaos is simple - to put on a great show.

"There's more to playing a concert than playing an instrument," said Dobson. "You have to keep people constantly entertained, which means you need to look good, sound good, be interesting and funny, and throw a lot of surprises into every performance, so people never know quite what to expect when they come see us play."

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