About boardofgovernorsmusic

Board Of Governors is a power-rock trio in Chicago, IL, that couples the aggressive, driving rhythms of East Coast punk rock with the structural and melodic integrity of 90′s Seattle-based grunge rock. BOG is singer/guitarist Trevor Hougardy, drummer John Marino and bassist, Frey Brown, who together merge the youthful excitement and energy of their rock backgrounds. Their music is distinguished by energetic guitar-riff driven hooks, sophisticated use of dynamics, chromaticism and key changes, and is consciously minimalist. Their songs are often interlaced with groove-inspired bridges, which make their music ooze with sex and passion. Hougardy’s smart and soulful lyrics are a unique brand of social commentary that has a solid message: In order for people to live happy, fulfilling lives, one cannot turn a blind eye to social struggle or add to problems by focusing on competition, fame, money, exploitation or drugs. Instead, BOG broadcasts a positive message to stay true to your own values no matter your socio-economic status, where you live or what you look like, and to speak up against those who try to bring you down with their negativity. BOG formed in 2008 when Hougardy and Marino’s previous band, The Beautiful Losers, broke up. For two years they wrote, experimented with different lineups, reworked and developed their sound. In the summer of 2010 they recorded their first E.P. at Paragon Studios, Inc., and in Spring of 2011, Frey Brown joined the band. Brown’s bass playing has made the BOG sound complete, adding the punchy groove beats for which the band is known. The Governors currently play in and around Chicago at venues like House of Blues Chicago, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Elbo Room, Double Door, Martyrs’, Goose Island, Reggies, Mutiny, Brauer House (Lombard, IL) and Durty Nellie’s (Palatine, IL). In Spring of 2011, Solo Picture Studios released Board Of Governors’ first music video for Like You Wanna Be, and BOG expects another music video for their song Lines to be released in mid-August 2011. The Governors are writing their full first-length album which is scheduled for release in late 2011. They plan to tour on that album in Summer 2012.

December 14th: 3rd Annual Noise For Toys Benefit at SubT W/ BOG, Blane Fonda, The Noise FM and Chasing Mars

Going through BOG withdrawal? Don’t fret, December 14th is your next chance to see us along with Blane Fonda, The Noise FM and Chasing Mars at Subterranean in Chicago!

Tickets are only $10 OR just $5 with the donation of an unopened toy at the door!  All proceeds from the door will be donated to the Toys for Tots organization which provides families in need with toys during the holiday season.  Grab your ticket here!

Come out, wear your ugliest holiday sweater and get nice and cozy in the drunken Santa Claus photo booth. See you there!


Poster design by Blane Fonda’s very own: Mark Edwin Wetzel

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Meet the new Governors

We have two new Governors that we’d like to introduce to you all. Meet them in person tomorrow night (Wednesday, 11/27) at Double Door for our Black Wednesday show with John Charles Weston, Boots with Spurs and Hawthorne Effect.

Kenny Krus – Bassist

Kenny hails from the cornfields of northwestern Illinois, where he grew up listening to punk rock and other uproarious noise. He likes long walks in the cold, coffee and acting cantankerously.

Some of Kenny’s favorite bands are: Captain Beefheart, The Bee Gees, LCD Sound System, Operation Ivy, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bad Religion, Kodan Armada, and Ghost.

Associated acts: Heroine Jane, The Price is Life, XoXo and Bambi Raptor.

Luis Rodriguez – Lead Guitar

Luis has been across the globe and back, gathering influences from the different countries and cultures he lived in over the years – Mexico, Venezuela, China and the US.

Originally from Mexico, Luis began his musical career on the piano, quickly picking up the guitar and the drums. While in High School, in China, Luis started a band with his brother, playing shows in the Shekou, Shenzhen area, near Hong Kong.  Luis went on to college in Colorado and moved to Chicago to pursue his musical goals.

Some of Luis’s favorite bands are: Bloc Party, the Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Blink-182 and Foo Fighters.  Dave Grohl has been a huge influence on Luis’ music career, so much so that on occasion, when he’s feeling stuck in a song, he asks himself, “What would Dave Grohl do?”

Associated acts: LHC, at Zero and Day43

We’re super excited to announce Kenny and Luis and we’re looking forward to all the good things coming up in the future.  We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful faces soon. Thanks for all of the support!

Black Wednesday, 11/27 with Board of Governors @Double Door

Heading back to Chicago or staying in town for Thanksgiving?

Come party down with Shoeshine Boy Production on Wednesday, 11/27 featuring the music of Board of Governors, The Hawthorne Effect, Boots with Spurs and John Charles Weston at The Double Door.

Tickets are $5 and are still available: http://ticketf.ly/1ivE8FQ

Lagunitas Brewing Co is a sponsor with drink deals all night.

We have a few new Governors to introduce and a very special Dirty 30 Birthday to celebrate – lead singer Trevor Hougardy is leaving the land of the twenty-somethings and breaking on through to the other side!  Let’s make it a night we don’t quite remember!

Board Of Governors CD RELEASE at Double Door, June 15th


Check out this “explosive” promo video directed by Jonny Diaz of Solo Picture Studios advertising our CD release show at Double Door on June 15th with these bad ass bands!

Click on the link below to pick up presale tickets for $7!!


Band Called Catch (acoustic set)


Bambi Raptor

All Finished Recording!!

We’re happy to announce we’ve finished recording at UPTOWN RECORDING STUDIOS and we are in the process of getting our new album packaged to release online as well as at our CD RELEASE SHOW ON JUNE 15TH at the DOUBLE DOOR…you can buy tickets HERE! Stay tuned for more information on how to purchase the music, but for now, check our facebook page on our upcoming shows in Madison and Milwaukee!