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."
Professor Chaos first played Plattsburgh a few years ago for a St. Patrick's Day bash at the Monopole, the bar which became one of the band's favorite places to play.
"It's definitely worth the added travel time for us to come to Plattsburgh, because every show we've had there has rocked," said Dobson. "People aren't afraid to come out and have a really great time."
Earlier this year, Professor Chaos released their debut CD, "Raging Semi." The album, put together last year at Rockbottom Studios in West Chazy, was recorded and mixed by David "2 db" Blinn and co-produced with the help of Cloning Cooper's lead guitar player, Josh Clement, who played guitar on the album as well.
"We did all the layout and design work ourselves, we spent a lot of time and money, but in the end we got an album that we're all very proud of," said Dobson. "Dave Blinn did an amazing job capturing our unique sound, while adding his own personal touches here and there, which just took the whole feel of the album to a whole new level."
Professor Chaos just recently finished up their "Raging Summer" tour, which included performances at the I Love BBQ Festival in Lake Placid and The Warehouse Warzone show in Tupper Lake headlined by Green Jelly. Now, the band is in the process of booking more shows in the Plattsburgh and Burlington regions.
"We'd definitely like to do something big at the end of this year, like a massive battle of the bands or something," said Poulin.
The band's next show is at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., next Saturday, Aug. 21. Professor Chaos will play with Plattsburgh's All the Rage. The show starts at 9 p.m. The three will also play the following weekend at Captain Cook's Bar and Grill in Saranac Lake Saturday, Aug. 28, also starting at 9 p.m.
(Editor's Note: Professor Chaos can be found on Facebook and MySpace where a list of upcoming shows is posted.)