Candy Butchers started out in the early 90's as an acoustic duo in Boston Mass. While the rest of the music scene was cranking out their own version of grunge and alt rock, Mike Viola and Todd Foulsham were playing short tight dark and catchy pop songs. They had a stripped down sound armed only with an acoustic guitar, a snare drum, and Everly Brothers style harmonies. They played wherever they could find a gig; opening up for comedians at comedy clubs and occasional stints crashing karaoke nights in the suburbs of Boston, and of course the subway. It wasn't until Mike moved to New York City that the music finally started to take root in a scence somewhere. In the summer of 95 they took a residency at a small cabaret club called Fez and quickly got the attention of the music industry. Candy Butchers have been through many incarnations over the years since the acoustic duo days; power pop trio, full on rock band, orchestral pop ensemble with horns and strings, but at the center of it all is always Mike Viola's voice and his songs.