OK, here's how it started...
Here is how we got this name that some people say we should change.
So it started in high school (more than 5 years ago), with Jeff Byrne, Jeff Domenick, and Steve Trice, playing as an acoustic trio. They did amazing vocal harmony stuff like Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Pure Prairie League, and Grateful Dead. They decided they should be playing as a band, so they recruited Jon Neimeyer on drums, and Paul Spiegel on bass (who had just been kicked out of Robbo's band, but that's another story that would take up too many pages of this site). They were doing pretty well playing at parties, and doing Allman Brothers, Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, Grateful Dead, and other stuff, and they went even farther when they finally got a real drummer (Cole Johnson), and a real bass player (Ben Dority).
During college, they all went their separate ways, playing in different bands with different styles, after which Jeff Byrne and Cole Johnson recruited Paul Spiegel on guitar and formed THE FACTION. After going through a number of bass players, including Charlie, Monica, and Walt, Ben Dority rejoined the band as bass player. Also, after a few years with Cole Johnson and then Fabian Spadaccini behind the drums, Mike Decker joined as drummer. The band played mostly their own music, with the majority of the stuff written by Jeff Byrne, with help from Paul. Jeff and Paul also played as a duo called "Jeff and Paul" (they saved their imagination for their song writing). Thinking "Jeff and Paul" was too main stream, Wally, famous greenhouse bartender at Orleans, coined the name FRACTION OF THE FACTION, which sort of stuck (like 3 day old dog shit to the back wheel of a lawnmower, you know, when it has that hard crust on the outside, but is still soft and sticky on the inside, and that smell that's been intensifying, just waiting to get out...).
After Jeff Byrne got married and moved to New Hampshire, and the FACTION hung it up, Paul started sitting in on Jeff Domenick's acoustic gigs, playing guitar and bass. He convinced Mike Decker of Faction fame to sit in now and then, and finally convinced Ben Dority to stop out and play some bass (the band actually did not rehearse one time during the first two years). Since 3 of the 4 members of the Faction were backing up Jeff (that's 3/4 or 75%), we decided to call it Jeff Domenick and a Fraction of the Faction (rather than "Jeff and Paul and Mike and Ben" or "Jeff Domenick and a Percentage of the Faction").
As with the previous band, we decided to save our imagination for things other than a new name, and have chosen not to waste time changing it. Since then, we have added Steve Trice from the original band in high school (that band was called Shylock), Mike's brother Greg Decker on keyboards and vocals, and added Richard Reinert on bass guitar, and Erik Nelton on drums to replace Mike, and then Rick Antonini on drums to replace Erik. Steve has quit and rejoined the band several times, taken sabbaticals, and worked part-time, leading us to wonder about his ability to commit. We are happily rolling along, although women have stopped buying us shots and flashing us, and we're not too happy about that. When we do get around to changing our name, we'll be the first ones to know about it, but you'll be second, if you check in here regularly.
I know I've said that we would update this page occasionally, but I just don't have anything new to say, and there are always new people signing on that want to know a little bit about the band, and where we came from... Bye for now - got to let the cat out...(hope I'm not too late) PAUL
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FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE MEMBERS OF THE FRACTION (if you have any
juicy stories, send them to the link above, and I'll publish them here), AND SOME CLIPS
FROM SONGS WRITTEN BY JEFF BYRNE AND PAUL SPIEGEL, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW: