In our November 2009 issue, Tyler Gray explores how the economic downturn has impacted white collar Americans who work in the financial industry and moonlight in rock bands. But Wall Streeters aren't the only folks who do some weekend axe-wielding. Here are a few more bands that sprouted from various industries. ENGINEERS Lady X and the Positive Eigenvalues (Berkeley, California) When they're not writing about computational complexity theory, these engineering geeks cover the Rolling Stones and Violent Femmes. LAWYERS Mike Roman & the Tellstars (Chicago) Lead guitarist Roman, a defense attorney, tried to push his demo on R.
It was 4 P.M. on July 26, 2007, and the markets had just closed. Credit Suisse, the billion-dollar Zurich-based bank, had shut down the block in front of its digs at Madison Avenue and 24th Street in Manhattan. Beer and soda chilled in giant tubs.food stations slung burgers, hot dogs, and gourmet barbecue from restaurateur Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke. A cotton candy machine gave the grown-up affair a kids' carnival vibe. The early evening's entertainment: the bank's own band ofemployee-rockers, Aged Inventory, who were setting up their various vintage instruments. Most of the musicians were part of the elite team of 300 or so bankers who handled Credit Suisse's fixed-income investments -- the types that fueled the recent economic meltdown.