I started playing the drums in 1989 at the age of 12 and I’ve been playing ever since. I took formal drum lessons from a local teacher and studied from books and tapes. I took lessons for 5–years until my teacher moved away and I was unable to continue with him. I’ve been in a few bands throughout the years and I’ve traveled many places on tour. Below is my discography (at least everything I can remember playing on and being a part of.)
Immediately I began playing music with a friend and we formed our first band, Torment. Torment went through many transformations until in 1991 we changed our named to Deities and released our first demo tape. We also began playing shows at The Omni (Oakland), On Broadway (San Francisco) and The One Step Beyond (San Jose). Deities continued to grow, releasing another demo cassette in 1993 and a demo CD in 1995 before calling it quits.
In 1991 while Deities was coming together, I was asked to fill–in for local punk rock band, Your Mother. What was to be a temporary thing turned into a full–time band for me. After two rehearsals I played my first show with in Oakland, a month later we recorded the demo Pasture Of Muppets which was released in 1992. From there Your Mother went on to release many more CDs, cassettes and vinyl records on indie–labels and played countless shows in California as well as throughout most of the USA, Canada, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. In Jan 2000 Your Mother played our final show at 924 Gilman St in Berkeley, CA. In 2011 a compilation of all songs recorded after our first CD was released as an online download.
As the Your Mother days were coming to an end I was asked to lend my drums to a few songs for a then side–project called Love Songs. Much in the same way my joining Your Mother was to be temporary, Love Songs was not meant to be a full–time band. The recording however was picked up by San Francisco based indie–label New Disorder Records and released in 2001. History repeated itself and soon enough I found myself in a full–time band. Love Songs recorded three full–length CDs and toured the USA, Sweden, Finland and Norway. In April 2007 our original bass player moved away, sending Love Songs into a nearly 2–year hibernation. In March 2009 Love Songs played our first show with our new bass player, however a year later our guitarist moved away. Love Songs has been on hiatus ever since.
At the same time that Love Songs was forming, I was busy starting a new band with a former Deities band mate. Meris began song writing and rehearsal in 2002 and in 2003 released our first 5–song demo CD. Since then Meris has played Bay Area shows, put out another 3–song demo in 2004 and a full-length CD in 2010.
We decided to take Meris in a new direction and in the process renamed the group to The Black Bend.