The Boston-based power pop band the Irresponsibles were founded in the late '80s by lead singer/songwriter and guitarist Peter Montgomery. This witty yet hard rocking team spent several years in their own backyard, perfecting their highly appealing live performances of Montgomery's unique songs. Thanks to all that and one important bit of recognition, they finally found the entrance ramp to a larger audience. Most of the band's lineup has been the same since its inception. Dan Rudack, introduced to Montgomery by a mutual friend, has been the drummer from the outset. Mark Nigro, the Irresponsibles' bass player, is also an original member of the band. However, the second guitarist/backing vocals spot has been filled by several people in the band's history. The first was Dave Thomas, who was with the band until the mid-'90s. Later, Paul Santo was with the band for a brief time. Since 2000, Andrew Kuhn has filled that position. Montgomery has proven to be a consistent and prolific songwriter. (There have been a few co-writes with band members, such as Dan Rudack, and Paul Santo.) His compelling pop melodies, paired with wry, self-deprecating lyrics, create a unique product that often seemed to be at odds with much of the Boston band scene.