Hearsay: Wednesday, February 6, 2003
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Southmouth’s Heart Headed West

Since HearSay long ago stopped wearing its hair long and its Spandex baggy, spending an evening among goth metalheads at the Wreck Room sounded like a chance for your columnist to reacquaint itself with its youthful ambitions (particularly, that of being a speed-metal version of a Rolling Stone coverperson). The locals were convening to send off Southmouth’s Jamie Myers to greener pastures. An epic-metal band out of San Fran called (don’t laugh) Hammers of Misfortune had lost a bass player/singer to Pink so last fall the Hammers auditioned bass players/singers and had the good fortune of running into the highly skilled, highly photogenic Myers (talk about a Rolling Stone coverperson). She was hired on the spot. She leaves for Cali this week.

If the folks in Hammers of Misfortune have any brains, they, like Southmouth, will revolve around Myers — the lead singer attacks guttural growls with the same intensity she approaches plaintive, dare-we-say “girly” registers, and her bass-playing not only buoys the musicianship of her bandmates, Julie Patterson (guitar), Tony Diaz (drums), and Gil (guitar), but it often floats above the arrangements and swirls around centerstage like a principal dancer in an ensemble ballet. In tandem with her charisma, her playing and singing make for quite an enchanted evening.

After the performance, Fort Worthian Myers told HearSay that she never left home to join a band before. Was she nervous? Hardly. Once she lands in San Fran, Myers is jumping with both feet into a regional tour, in preparation for (she hopes) a future European excursion. We here in Cowtown wish her safe travels and continued success.

Golem’s Return

Two members of the two other bands on the Southmouth bill, Magnus and Garuda, also had something to celebrate-good-times-c’mon — a yet-to-be-scheduled reunion gig with Yeti drummer Jon Teague in a band all three once played in called Golem. Garuda’s Brian Green (bass/vocals) said he and Magnus’ Merc Crandle (guitar/vocals) recently decided to reunite with Teague “to let the kids know what they missed.” Green described Golem, which was around long before HearSay landed in town, as, basically, “Sabbath worship.” They gigged steadily throughout the mid-1990s and up until 1998 until, ya know, better opportunities came along. Their music must have had some lasting impact because the reunited Golem will play chiefly its old original material. Yeti/Garuda/Magnus fans, don’t fear: Each Golem grad will continue working with his respective band (Yeti’s about to go into the studio; Garuda is cutting a split 7-inch with a Denver outfit). The reunion is, according to Green, merely so much “ego stroking.”

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