When Chum played their first live date in December of 2010 on a rainy Tuesday night in North Beach, nobody in the band knew what to expect. Phish fans are notoriously difficult to please, Phish music is notoriously difficult to play and with the real band firmly back in touring mode, there were questions about whether people would come out to see anything but the actual band. As longtime Phish fans, Eric Schiff (guitar), Alex Bowman (drums), John Greene (keys) and Chad Weiner (bass) knew that they would be excited to see a band playing Phish music at intimate venues and so they bet that there was a sizable group of fans just like them. To judge from that first show and subsequent shows around San Francisco, it's clear they were right. What started as three guys getting together just to see if they could ever make "Stash" sound anything like it ought to has turned into the Bay Area's only Phish Tribute Band. Even if there weren't a crowd around, Chum (a name the band chose to reflect their humble approach to its mission), would still be playing every week in their studio, debating intricate parts, fine-tuning tone, and sweating out improvisational exercises in order to better understand how their musical heroes do what they do so well.