The band A Helmet of Gnats has been around since the early 1980’s. They started out as a progressive fusion cover band in the days when bar gigs were plentiful, playing music by Chick Corea - Return To Forever, Frank Zappa, Bill Bruford, UK, Happy The Man, The Dixie Dregs etc…
Thru the 1980’s they progressed to an all-original progressive rock/fusion act and experimented playing live with a portable midi sequencer. A Helmet Of Gnats was one of the first and only progressive bands to play entire live shows accompanied by a midi sequencer as one of the “musicians”.
In the 1990’s A Helmet Of Gnats continued to write and perform in the CT/NY music seen. In 1996 they recorded their first full length CD. (An independent release now out of print)
In their current lineup of Chris Fox on Guitar, Matt Bocchino on Keyboards, Wayne Zito on Bass and Mark Conese on Drums they have dropped the “A” from their name and have now simply become known as “Helmet Of Gnats”.
Their 2004 release “Helmet Of Gnats” – Ambient Records CD-004 has received glowing reviews from Progressive Rock/Fusion aficionados in the US, Europe and Japan.