About The Band
Formed in Malibu, California by frontman Shane Cronin and rhythm guitarist Michael Leese, Sir, Please combines lead guitarist Marshall Via’s distorted classic rock based tones with drummer David Kohn and bassist Josh Cronin’s pop oriented grooves. The combination, along with Michael Leese’s pop based guitar tones and Shane Cronin’s powerful vibrato paves the way for this up-and-coming band. Musically and Lyrically: Josh Cronin, Michael Leese, David Kohn, Marshall Via, and Shane Cronin combine a classic writing style with a psychedelic edge, resulting in songs that any crowd can resonate with.
Shane discovered his ability to sing and to play songs on piano by ear during his freshman year of high school. He continued to teach himself how to play piano, drums, and a little bit of guitar. He then quit the basketball team because he wanted to direct all of his attention to making music. He gained some experience performing in a local band with a few of his friends, until he was kicked out from that group. A few months later, he met Michael Leese, and along with his twin brother, Josh Cronin, the three of them wrote Sir, Please's first song, "Heartbreak Hill", and formed what is now Sir, Please.
Ever since he was young, music has been Michael’s undivided passion. A self taught multi-instrumentalist, Michael first came up on the scene as a bass player for various different local bands. After a couple years of searching for the right musicians to form his own project with, he met singer Shane Cronin through some mutual friends they both knew on the music scene. It only took one jam session to realize they had something special on their hands, and Sir, Please was born. Michael’s rhythmic guitar style and poetic songwriting helps bring a unique dynamic to the Sir, Please sound.
David has played drums and guitar since he was 7 years old. David has been playing in bands since sixth grade which is when he met Michael Leese. A couple years later, Lead singer Shane Cronin gave David a call about playing one gig with his band. After that, "Sir, Please" was born.
Josh Cronin plays bass and sings background vocals. He was inspired to start playing the bass when he was 15, after watching his friends play local shows. When his twin brother Shane Cronin, and guitar player Michael Leese, started Sir, Please, it didn’t take long for Josh to join as well.
In 9th grade, when Marshall asked to put down the violin to play the guitar solo in Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas / Sarajevo 12/24, he knew he would pursue a career in music, playing guitar. Since then, Marshall has poured himself into the guitar, writing / co-writing songs, and honing his craft playing anywhere from the local club scene to the theater pit with studio professionals.
“I love creating and playing music for others to enjoy, sharing my passion for the electric guitar, and feeling that special connection with the band and the audience when playing live. Great music is not an individual act. It’s created by the sum of all of those who contribute, perform and interact. We take pride in the fact that Sir, Please creates and performs music which highlights the contribution and talent of each of us, while we make that special connection with our fans.” -- Marshall Via
Marshall brings his unique, distorted classic rock based tones to Sir, Please and his high energy performances to our fans.