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Kerum

Kerum

Члены группы Kerum: Eric T. Neal

Дискография Kerum:

# Название релиза Информация об aльбоме Купить альбом в iTunes Год издания Лейбл
1 The First Priority / Untitled 13 audio iTunes 2002 Regurgitated Semen Records
2 Twilight Of The Apocalypse 26 audio iTunes 2005 Torture Garden Picture Company
3 Kerum/Abysmal Terror Split 31 audio iTunes 2003 Death Agony and Screams
4 The First Priority / Untitled 13 audio iTunes 2002 Regurgitated Semen Records
5 Discography 47 audio iTunes Solitary Records

[b]Kerum the Story[/b] [u]Chapter 1[/u] The band Kerum, as it is today has been through many changes from it's origins. In the beginning there was the Perturbed which consisted of Brian Redbeard on bass, Jeff Gonzales on vocals, Beatty on drums and Ozzy on guitar. The Perturbed later decided to go with a second guitar. Redbeard and Jeff were members of the Bel Air ARA which came across Clint (currently of Kerum) who was with the Eastside Baltimore ARA. Consequently the three met during a meeting and began to talk about music. Clint then joined the band as a second guitar. At the same time Clint was joining the band, conflicts were rising with the old members. The Perturbed played a couple shows with Clint, then broke up. The members who remained were now Redbeard, Jeff and Clint. Jeff would soon leave to join the army (yes really). There happened to be creative chemistry between Clint and Redbeard so they decided to stick it out and just find new members. Katy was soon added to play bass and Redbeard moved switched to vocals. With the changing lineup, the style was changed from the Perturbed's slow sludge style to that of a faster hardcore punk style. This new trio tooled around for a while with a couple different drummers but no one seemed to mesh. Clint soon decided he would ask his long time friend Chuck to play drums. When Chuck joined the band, the foursome saw the need to change their name. Many names were tossed around including Passing Witness, and a few others we chose to forget. Thirteen Stripes of Shit was finally adopted. After only two practices with their new drummer, 13 S.O.S. played an unprepared basement show that all members would like to forget. Even though this show was awful, the band learned to never go into a show unless they were prepared. After a few shows as a foursome, tension between Katy and Redbeard caused her to quit/stop coming to practice. With the exit of Katy, 13 S.O.S. began to speed up immensely and brought in more aspects of the many styles that influenced us. The new style became a mix of political lyrics, crust, hardcore punk, and a touch of grind. 13 S.O.S. remained as a threesome through recording a cd, many local shows, and a tour of the southern East Coast. Upon returning from tour we decided to add Justin (played in a band with Chuck previous to 13 Stripes of Shit) as our bass player. After two months of rather poor practices and two awful shows, Justin was asked to leave the band. [u]Chapter 2[/u] While on their Friday visit to Reptilian Records the members of 13 Stripes of Shit met a certain guitar player by the name of Dan Hensley (formerly of Xibalba). Dan became interested in joining 13 S.O.S. and we gladly welcomed him. Before we were able to practice with Dan, we saw him again at a Dillinger Escape Plan show and we were introduced to his best friend Rob. Rob played bass and being that we needed a bass player, we asked him to come to practice with Dan. The first two practices with Dan and Rob went great. Both guys learned our songs quickly. Sadly Dan had to take some time to sort out some things in his life. Fortunately Rob remained and played bass with us for a while. The addition of Rob's bass filled in some the gaps that may have existed before and help thicken the overall sound. Rob definitely helped the band progress musically. With the musical progression 13 S.O.S. became a little more complex and a lot faster than it's simple punk rock beginning, though the same basic sound remained. With the new foursome 13 S.O.S. looked to add new members. The band hoped to add a second vocalist and guitar player. [u]Chapter 3[/u] As the story continues...there were changes to 13 Stripes of Shit, but not what we had expected. Redbeard was removed from the band. The details of the removal aren't important but it basically came down to difference of personalities and musical differences. With the vocalist position open, our friend Allen (formerly of Ochlocracy) was asked to fill in. Allen agreed to help out until we could find a permanent replacement. Allen ended up playing one show with the band and helped the band through a tough time. [u]Chapter 4[/u] 13 S.O.S. (Clint, Rob, and Chuck) remained a three piece for about a year. Clint took over doing the vocals in addition to playing guitar. 13 S.O.S. went on tour as a three piece stretching from Ohio down to Georgia and back. One of the most memorable events from tour was Clint throwing up amidst doing vocals at a show in Cincinnati. Oddly enough no one really noticed, even the kids it hit…For about a year the line up went unchanged. The band played shows as much as they could (i.e.. whenever someone needed a last minute band to fill in) or if we set the show up ourselves. [u]Chapter 5[/u] After a year of playing as a three piece we realized we needed someone to do vocals in order for us to better concentrate on our instruments. We resolved (at least we thought we did at the time…) our differences with Redbeard and asked him to rejoin the band. Everything worked out beautifully. Able to concentrate on our instrumentation we were able to expand our sound by getting faster and heavier. [u]Chapter 6[/u] The addition of new members is always fun...Erict Neal was added as a second vocalist. A second guitarist by the name of Jen was also added. Because of the many lineup changes and evolution from its original sound, 13 S.O.S. felt the need to change its name. As always several were tossed around. Nothing really seemed to fit until Erict came up with Kerum. With a new name, the band went back into the studio and got fucked. Kerum recorded at Cloud 9 where the engineer (Mark) didn't perform very professionally. He fell asleep repeatedly, charged us more than originally agreed, and was generally not what the band had hoped/paid for. The recording didn't turn out as the band had hoped so it fell into obscurity with the rest of its recordings. Destined to be just another forgotten demo. As much as Kerum disliked the recording the demo did impress the folks at Regurgitated Semen Records. RSR liked it enough to put out a split 7” with Kerum and Unholy Grave (Japanese grind legends). [u]Chapter 7[/u] Just as Kerum thought their luck was changing, Redbeard brought a good deal of trouble to our doorstep (or at least the door step of the practice space). To make a long story short (with bulleted details): - Redbeard made a cake which caused a fight that resulted in the band being kicked out of its practice space. - When it was thought this was the worst that could happen, Redbeard got into some legal trouble. - The legal trouble Redbeard found almost landed the entire band in jail. - Fortunately the band wasn’t implicated in Redbeard’s actions. However, Redbeard did find himself in jail for a brief period. As Redbeard’s luck would have it he is free today with only a hefty fine and a blemished record. No additional jail time was served. Because of the troubles with Redbeard, Rob and Jen quit the band. This left Kerum in the interesting position of being back to a three piece (apparently its lucky fucking number). This time, Kerum included Clint, Chuck, and Erict. Just like before, Kerum didn't like being a three piece. [u]Chapter 8[/u] Recalling the events of Chapter 7, the remaining members of Kerum had many tasks at hand. They not only had to repair their band, but also had to find a place to practice. Even with all the adversity Kerum knew that they must go on (don't forget about the split they still had to record for). Erict, Clint, and Chuck decided first to getting things together would be to find a new practice space. Once a new practice space was acquired Kerum began to look for new members. The most important position to fill was that of a bass player. It was learned early on that bass was essential to the sound that was desired. A new bass player was found in our old friend John Bachman. Kerum also wanted to find a second guitarist and vocalist to get back to the 6 members that felt so right to begin with. Unsure of the status of Redbeard (at this time he was in jail awaiting his trial) we looked around for another vocalist. Kerum had many options and tried out a few people. As always Kerum pulled from its friend pool and ended up going with Jimmy Chamberlain of In$pite fame. After much deliberation (ie. Chuck harassing her), Jen decided to come back to the band thus bringing Kerum back to the magic number: six. [u]Chapter 9[/u] With the reformed lineup Kerum had a lot of work to do. For the most part everything gelled musically so the hard part was taken care of. The band removed all songs that had music written by either Rob or Redbeard and began to write songs like there was no tomorrow. Once the band felt that they had written the right songs for the upcoming 7” they went to the studio. This time they went to Phase Studios in College Park. Eight songs were recorded, and mastered in one afternoon. With the recording part of the challenge over, Kerum moved on to its next hurdle: setting up summer tour 2002. [u]Chapter 10[/u] As the departure date for tour drew closer it became apparent that the split with Unholy Grave would not be ready in time. As any band knows the success of its tour is a direct result of being able to sell enough merchandise to pay for gas. Kerum decided that the only way to have some merch would be to do it the old fashioned way: “diy.” With the aid of Chuck’s computer the band recorded a six song demo cd that turned out surprisingly well. Erict used his powers of collage making to create a great t-shirt design. Armed with new demos and freshly screened shirts Kerum hit the road with 3 scheduled shows over the span of 12 days. Doing some simple math tour didn’t seem too promising. With its never say die attitude, Kerum hit the road anyway. As luck would have it, the band met some great people that were able to get Kerum added onto to a few shows. A great deal of thanks to Robert Collins and the great people at 99 Custer Street. [u]Chapter 11[/u] Kerum came home from tour with a revitalized love of playing music and being a part of the punk scene. Kerum also came home to find their records from RSR waiting for them. This new feeling energized the band and motivated them to get more accomplished. While on tour plans were made with League of Struggle (from Texas) to do a split 7”. Kerum quickly wrote some new songs and headed back to Phase Recording Studio to knock out some more hits. Unfortunately League of Struggle was almost impossible to get a hold of and the 7” never came out as planned. The material was later used to do a split with All is Suffering (from southern Maryland). At this point it was nearing the fall of 2002 and the beginning of a new school year. Previously a new semester didn’t affect the band too much. Unfortunately this year was a little different. With Jen’s hectic school and work schedule she didn’t have enough time for the band. She decided it was necessary to take some time off from the band. In Jen’s absence from the band Kerum brought in Josh to fill in the void. [u]Chapter 12[/u] Once again Kerum’s lineup had changed. This transition was the smoothest musical transition to date. Josh came into the band with no knowledge what so ever of punk rock or the diy mentality. He easily made up for it with his metal styled guitar playing. With its new lineup Kerum began to write many new songs. So many that the band felt the need to record its first full length. Sticking with what works Kerum recorded on consecutive Sundays in January 2003 at Phase Recording Studios. The songs were released as a 12” on Torture Garden Picture Company. The LP was entitled “Twilight of the Apocalypse.” [u]Chapter 13[/u] So much for smooth transitions...After having Josh in the band for a little while it became apparent that his personality was not quite meshing like we had hoped. Josh was promptly removed from the band and Kerum went on its days as a 5 piece. What else is in store for Kerum? Summer tour which we'll Grind the Nation in Half! Beyond that only time will tell... To be continued... [b]This is the story until January 2003.[/b]


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