Whole Wheat Bread Biography
Last updated: 02/22/2006
Aaron Abraham // Vocals, Guitar
Nicholas Largen // Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Joseph Largen // Drums
Whole Wheat Bread is a young urban punk band from Jacksonville, FL. The band just released their debut album “Minority Rules” on Fighting Records (Lumberjack Mordam Music Group). The album was produced by Darian Rundall (Pennywise, Yellowcard) and features 11 blistering punk anthems.
Like their forefathers Bad Brains, WWB is doing their part to redefine punk boundaries for a whole new generation. Their hammering guitars and catchy hooks nod equally to both Green Day and Rancid.
WWB was formed by vocalist/guitarist Aaron Abraham. “People joke about us looking like NWA but sounding like Green Day, “ says Abraham, “but I’d say we live our lives naturally somewhere in between that – edgy, but full of emotion. I got into Green Day at a young age, which was exactly the same time I started playing guitar.”
Abraham is a native of Trinidad. At a young age, his parents moved his family to the Miami area. “We were broke and we lived in the worst ghetto areas of Miami for most of my life.” His parents wanted a good education for Aaron so they drove him over 30 minutes every morning to a pre-dominantly white school near Miami Beach where he discovered punk rock. “But at the end of day, I still came home to my “NWA” neighborhood,” Aaron explains, “besides, I ain’t tryin’ to wear no tight ass jeans anyway!”
Aaron would later move to Jacksonville where he would meet bassist/vocalist Nicholas Largen, another young black musician. “I actually met Nick to pursue a rap career,” says Abraham, “He was making beats and videos, and people were telling me to holla at him. I found out he played guitar, so I asked him if he could play bass. He could. So we decided to forget the rapping.”
Timing was good as Nicholas had up until that point lived a pretty rough life even serving more than a year in prison with 17 felony convictions on his record. Whole Wheat Bread was the perfect opportunity for him to turn his life around. “I’ve learned that when push comes to shove and you feel like breaking the law, your ass will pay,” states Largen, “So now I try not to break the law and instead spend more time focusing on improving our music cause at least that will keep my ass out of jail.”
Abraham would soon learn that Nick’s brother played drums and the lineup was complete. Drummer Joe Largen says, “Being in a band with my brother is great. We have been playing together since middle school and musically we can read each other’s minds. Plus someone has to be there to keep him out of prison!”
In their short time together as a band, they’ve already shared the stage with some impressive acts including the Suicide Girls, Matchbook Romance, Motion City Soundtrack, From First to Last, Scatter the Ashes, Emanuel, Allister, From Autumn to Ashes, Glasseater, Suicide Machines, Count The Stars, Lucky Boy’s Confusion, Inspection 12, Mustard Plug, Bloody Midgets Wrestling, Authority Zero, Sevendust and Long Beach Shortbus, among others.
In 2005, WWB are out to conquer! The band plans to hit the campaign trail hard and that means a solid year of touring ahead both in the US & abroad. The album is also scheduled for an early 2005 release in Japan on Ambience Records/CRJapan (the same company that exclusively handles Fat Wreck Chords in Japan).