Houston Music

Jody Seabody & the Whirls: Death In an Alt-Rock Band

Losing a band member can't ever be an especially pleasant experience, but the sudden death of one of your musical comrades, someone you've been playing with since high school, is almost unfathomable. But that's what happened to Katy alt-rockers Jody Seabody & the Whirls last fall, when bassist Matt Johnston passed away in November at only age 23.

Johnston left a wife and two young children behind, and also Summer Us, the album of '90s-leaning guitar rock (Oasis, RHCP, Nirvana) the Whirls had recently finished recording. After some consideration they decided to go ahead and put it out, and recruited another old friend, Dylan Thompson, to play bass. Saturday night, the Whirls play a release show at Fitzgerald's (downstairs) with Art Institute, Kyle Hubbard and Jon Black; it's free, but donations go to Johnston's family.

Rocks Off talked with the Whirls, mostly guitarist/singer Bryce Perkins, via email earlier this week.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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