Bio

Wicked Undertow is a growing band. Often seen in Southeastern MA and Rhode Island, Wicked Undertow has played shows all throughout New England. Mostly performing as an acoustic duo, they have started making appearances as a power trio and as a 5 piece band as well. Catering to their audience, you may hear a song from Black Sabbath, followed by a song from Katy Perry! Keeping people engaged and eager for more is their goal.With over 30 years of experience, the duo has been been able to hone in on their particular sound and upbeat performances. Click on the shows tab and plan a great night today!

Rob Loesher

Bob Porawski

     ROB STARTED PLAYING GUITAR AT 15. NEVER BEING ABLE TO FIGURE OUT TUNING, HE SPENT 3 MONTHS STRUMMING ALONG TO A "COMPLETES IDIOTS VIDEO GUIDE TO LEARNING GUITAR" BUT NOT ONCE SOUNDING REMOTELY PLEASANT. HIS STUBBORNNESS PAID OFF WHEN A FRIEND ASK HIM TO PLAY AND HE TRIED ON A TUNED GUITAR. FROM THAT DAY FORWARD, ROB HAS OWNED A TUNER!  

     GUITAR WAS JUST A HOBBY FOR ROB FOR THE FIRST 4 YEARS UNTIL HE STARTED HIS FIRST BAND THAT PLAYED AN OPEN MIC. "STOLEN LUCK" IS STILL A MUSICAL PROJECT THAT HE LOVES TO THIS DAY, BUT IT FIZZLED OUT ON ITS OWN. TO THIS DAY, ROB STILL PLAYS WITH HIS COUSIN STEPHEN CATTON FROM STOLEN LUCK, AND STEVE IS THE DRUMMER OF THE WICKED UNDERTOW TRIO AND BAND!  

     ROB HAS ALWAYS PREFERRED ACOUSTIC GUITARS, BUT HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO SHAKE THE FEELING THAT HE SHOULD BE PLAYING ELECTRIC. FINALLY, HE INVESTED IN HIS TAYLOR T5. THE "BEST OF BOTH WORLDS" IN HIS EYES. COMBINED WITH HIS EFFECT PEDAL INVESTMENTS, ROB CAN NOW PLAY BOTH ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ON STAGE WITH THE FLIP OF A SWITCH OR THE TAP OF A PEDAL!  

     THE GUITARIST THAT MOST INFLUENCED ROB IS JOHN BUTLER. WHILE MANY OTHERS ARE CITED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, JOHN BUTLER WAS THE ORIGINAL AND STRONGEST INFLUENCE. FROM THAT POINT, VARIOUS BLUES GUITARISTS INCLUDING ERIC CLAPTON, B.B.KING AND JOHN MAYER, GEORGE HARRISON, AND PRINCE STARTED TO INFLUENCE HIS STYLE.

     BOB PORAWSKI AKA "POLISH BOB" HAS BEEN PLAYING MUSIC FOR OVER 20 YEARS. BEING INFLUENCED BUT MUSICIANS SUCH AS THE LATE MERL HAGGARD, JOHNNY CASH, VAN HALEN AND 3 DOORS DOWN, BOB HAS DEVELOPED HIS OWN STYLE AND SOUND. BOB CAME FROM A MUSICAL FAMILY AND FELT AT HOME CONTINUING THAT TRADITION. IN FACT, THE FIRST SONG HE EVER HEARD ON A GUITAR WAS SLOOP JOHN B WHEN HIS MOTHER PLAYED IN ON AN OLD SILVERTONE F-HOLE, AND THAT WAS HIS FIRST INSPIRATION TO PLAY TO AND SING.  

      HIS STYLE ONLY GREW FROM THE VARIOUS BANDS HE PLAYED IN SUCH AS THE GOAT ROPERS, BACK ROADS BAND, BETTER DAZE AND NOW, WICKED UNDERTOW. BOTH THE SUCCESS OF THE BANDS AND BOB'S KNACK FOR PLAYING BY EAR AND HAVING GOOD RHYTHM HAVE ALLOWED BOB TO PLAY VENUES RANGING FROM MOHEGAN SUN,INDIAN RANCH, LOCAL PUBS, AND BACKYARD BARBECUES. HIS NICKNAME "POLISH BOB" MAY SUGGEST HE PLAYS POLISH MUSIC. " I EARNED THAT NAME WORKING AT THE FIRE STATION" BOB SAYS "WHEN I WAS ONE OF THE NEW GUYS THAT USE TO SAY "YOU BOB THE POLISH GUY"" THE REPLY WAS "OH POLISH BOB?! AND IT WAS SET IN STONE"  

      DESPITE PERFORMING FOR YEARS, BOB STILL CLAIMS TO GET THE BUTTERFLIES AND RUSH LIKE ITS HIS FIRST TIME ON STAGE. HE JUST ENJOYS THE MOMENT, STAYS HUMBLE AND ENJOYS THE SUPPORT FROM EVERYONE. HE ENJOYS THE RIDE!