Christopher Walken Overdrive

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Christopher Walken Overdrive (also known as CWO) was an alternative metal band from Fargo, ND. Initially conceived August 27, 2004 at Foxes in Moorhead, MN by Ryan Haugland, Fred Frenzel and Donovan Stewart, CWO officially formed in the Fall of 2004. Founding drummer Ryan Haugland (Sub Rosa), played a single show before moving to Lawrence, KS. Second drummer Patrick Meyers (Snake Handler) played with the group for the next year, but moved to Austin, TX in the Fall of 2005. Penultimate percussionist James Riccigliano (Unlern) joined Spring 2006 and exited the band October 15th, 2007. Aaron Bedford was selected as the fourth and final drummer on November 19, 2007. On December 27th lead guitarist Shane Bertrand quit briefly, but rejoined in January, 2008 and played a handful of shows that year until moving to New York in mid 2008. The group continued as a quartet, wrote some new songs and played a few more gigs. They played their final show January 30th, 2009 at the Aquarium.

Former Members


  • Music video filmed in Moorhead MN, April 2005 for CWO version of "Careless Whisper" a song originally by George Michael of 80s pop group WHAM! Filmed at Weld Hall on the MSUM campus and Ralph's Corner.
  • Competed in a Battle of the Bands in Detroit Lakes Summer 2005 for a chance to play the 10,000 Lakes Festival, a huge jam-band fest. Lost to The Dromedary Persuassion, who eventually lost to JedEyeMindFunk.
  • Competed in Rock Roots 5000 in 2006 on Q98 for a chance to open for Powerman 5000. Made it to the top four out of 12 bands. Lost in the finals to Obsidian who went on the win the contest.
  • Music video for "Siding With The Minotaur" compiled and edited by Pat Joyner of Forevergreen Films. Posted eary 2007. Features live clips of several shows edited together. Viewable at You Tube link:
  • Competed in Q98 Battle of the Bands '07. Played in the finals in a four-way battle with Rock Bottom, Fallback, Venus in Furs. Rock Bottom won.
  • Competed in Q98 Battle of the Bands '08.



  • December 3rd, Knights of Columbus, Grand Forks, ND with Small Town Drunk, Dingus, Tylar Kason, Doors to Dharma, The Trystan Project - first show, last show with Ryan Haugland



  • June 30th, Fargo VFW The First Annual F Your Scene Invitational, Fargo, ND
  • July 7th, All Star Bowl, Moorhead, MN with Lucyd, Descry, etc.
  • August 11th, Fargo VFW, with Satan's War Boner, Throbbing Hot Rods, The,Dude Bazooka
  • August 12th, Trick 'Em All '06 - Pelican Lake, MN with Snake Handler, etc.
  • October 6th, All Star Bowl, Moorhead, MN with Shining Black, Lucyd, Masada, The Wrong Men
  • November 4th, Eagles Club, Lisbon, ND with Snake Handler, Who Took The Steak?, Must Have, The PLX.
  • December 20, The Nestor, Fargo, ND with Battlefields, Obsidian, Fall Back, and Inkedindecision.
  • December 31, All Star Bowl, Moorhead, MN with Lucyd, Blind Joe, Paige Marshall, Masada, etc.


  • January 11th, Aquarium, Fargo, ND with Lucyd, Nine Eyes, Jarafuho.
  • January 31st, The Nestor, Fargo, ND with Meddle, Masada, Blind Joe and A Work Begun.
  • February 8th, Q98 Battle of Bands '07 vs. Lucyd, Old Broadway, Fargo, ND - winner: CWO
  • February 10th, Eagles Club, Lisbon, ND with Lucyd, Battlefields, Paige Marshall
  • March 8th, Q90 Battle of the Bands Finals vs. Rock Bottom, Fallback, Venus in Furs, Old Broadway, Fargo, ND - winner: Rock Bottom
  • March 22nd, Aquarium, Fargo, ND with Lucyd, Senzuri, PLX
  • March 30th, The Nestor, Fargo, ND with Battlefields, Fallback
  • April 7th, Eagles Nest, Jamestown, ND with Stalking Names, Awkward Silence, etc.
  • April 14th, Aquarium, with Lucyd, Venus in Furs, Shot in the Face
  • April 16th, Red Sea Club, Minneapolis, MN with Lucyd, Kill Kill Death Kill
  • April 21st, Eagles Nest, Jamestown, ND with Stalking Names
  • May 4th, All Star Bowl, Moorhead, MN with Obsidian, Fallback, Venus in Furs
  • May 11th, Nestor, with Built for Speed/Denied by Christ, Screaming Mechanical Brain
  • May 25th, Nestor with Run Like Go, Blind Joe
  • July 13th, Nestor, with Corpseshow Creeps, Shot in the Face
  • July 14th, Bev's Jook Joint, Superior, WI with Jaundice, Within the Ruins, Xhaust
  • July 19th, Aquarium, with Necktie Suicide, Nine Eyes, War on God
  • August 3rd, Nestor, James' 21st Birthday Bash/CD release show with Descry, PLX, etc.
  • August 10th, All Star Bowl with Masada, tba
  • August 11th, Trick 'Em All '07 with Snake Handler, J-Sauce, Rubber Band, etc.
  • August 16th, Aquarium with Senzuri (final show), PLX
  • September 28th, Red Raven with JAW, Masada, Shot in the Face, Escaping Cornith
  • September 29th, All Star Bowl Benefit Show for the Special Olympics


  • February 19th, Old Broadway, vs. Go Steve Jones - Q98 Battle of the Bands '08
  • April 25th, Nestor with PLX
  • May 2nd, Nestor with Blind Joe, Kill the Sky
  • May 23rd, Aquarium with Lucyd, Between Two Skies, Serenity
  • June 11th, Rascals - Metal Fest with Hell Within, Forever in Terror, Kill the Sky, Masada, Horror Business
  • June 14th, Nestor with August Neverending, Solar Systems
  • June 21st, Aquarium with KSA, SnakeHandler, Lucyd, PLX (Shanesaw farewell)
  • November 29th, Nestor with black cobra, Battlefields, the Kickback - (first show as quartet)


  • January 30th, Aquarium w/ Lucyd, Black Eyes Dolls Eyes, Dynamiteasaurus, Pat Lipsiea (last show)


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