Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
Who? Jeremy Killgore originally auditioned to be the guitarist in Their Name Was Treason, a band name so good it made me want to restart our old What's in a Name? column. However, when the band heard the sinister potential in that throaty roar, they simply had to give him the mike. His near-perfect combination of scream and enunciation sets him apart from the hardcore-vocalist crowd.
An old veteran of the music scene here in Houston, Killgore started out with Less Than Zero in 2000, then spent a decade doing solo shows and cover bands until joining Elevate the Sun. TNWT is just the newest in a long line of excellent acts he's joined, signing on in February of this year. The band hopes to have a full-length album out by September, with a small tour to support.
Home Base: TNWT get together at a house in Pearland to combine the parts they spend time writing in their individual creative spaces. Killgore refuses to assign any one stage a special place in his heart, believing every gig should be your favorite when you're playing it because if you don't think that, it never can be. There's a moral to that somewhere.
Good War Story: "Well...there was a time one of my cousins beat up my other cousin onstage while we were playing a show in Baytown," he says. "There was a time that the owner of a club started yelling at everyone to leave, and approached me as if he wanted to fight, but then broke down and started crying about his wife. Then he got mad again and started throwing glasses at the customers.
There was a time the band broke up, onstage," Killgore continues. "I've seen some strange things go on in bars. It's been interesting...to say the least."
Music Scene Pet Peeve: Killgore's advice for getting along in the Houston music scene is very simple: Always be supportive. Even if you don't like a band's music, they are musicians who know other musicians, and there's no reason we can't all be in this together. So be supportive.
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Why Do You Stay In Houston? "I stay in Houston because I love it here," he says. "This is home. But not only that. Other places with other scenes are overpopulated with musicians, and what I love most about the Houston music scene is how diverse it is. You have everything from metal to country to island music and everything else. And everyone is accepted musically here."
Five Desert Island Discs:
- Acid Bath, Paegan Terrorism Tactics
- Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
- Pearl Jam, Ten
- Down, Nola
- Their Name Was Treason, Demo (to remind him of home)
First Song You Ever Fell in Love With: Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit!" -- "I grew up thinking I liked this or that, because it was either popular or someone else was listening to it and I knew the words," reasons Killgore. "But then one day, watching MTV, Nirvana comes on and blew my mind.
"It was the first time I had ever heard a song and had my own opinion about it," he continues. "And I loved it. It happened again about a week later when I heard a Pink Floyd guitar solo."
See the rest of the Rocks Off 200, and the Rocks Off 100's 2013 alumni, on the next page.
THE ROCKS OFF 200
Roby Deaton, Open-Mike Pocket of Cool Nosaprise, Hurrah! for the Blushing Bridegroom Tony Vega, the Big Easy's Barnburner Leslie Krafka, Onward Through the Fog Michael Anthony Shanks, Houston's Merry Shankster DJ Baby Roo, Vegetarian Hip-Hop Veteran Rachel Bays, Filming Them Softly Punk-Rock "Newcomers" Screech of Death Erin Rodgers, the Keys to Glass the Sky Alex LaRotta, Crate-Digging Fistful of Soul Brother Alycia Miles, Triumphant Soul Singer DJ Piam, Poison Girl's Bacon-Fat Funk Specialist Mister Insane, Host of The Insane Show Jake Rawls -- Kemo For Emo Is Back Santos Pastrana, Sound Engineer and DJ Ninja Heading Upstream with RIVERS' Chris Tamez DJ Dayta, Keeper of That Good Good Matthew Davis Buehrer, Runaway Sun's Globally Thinking Bassist Fat Tony, Third Ward to "BKNY" Noon, Rapper With a Lot on His Mind Matt Cash, Clear Lake's Cassette Tape Wailer Jason Smith, Alkari's Space City Rocker DJ Penetrate, All Lit Up in "Neon Lights" Catch Fever Is Catching On Renée Jonard, Princess of Noise Pollution Junior Gordon, Big Man With a Big Sound Chad Smalley, Blaggards' Barse Player Damien Randle, K-OTIX Man of Action Kevin Anthony, 45 Southbound Man DJ Good Grief Knows How to Have Fun Robert Kuhn, the Well-Traveled Islander Gunnar Cushway, Insko's Feel-Good Utilityman Mario Rodriguez, Tax the Wolf/Bang Bangz's Wonky Power Monger John Smith, Goodtime Continental Club Manager Dwayne Cathey, A Good Man to Scare People With Walter Carlos, Guitar-Punisher of Funeral Horse Ryan James, Putting Up a Good Fight John Cramer, Guitar Apostle of Project Grimm Big Gerb, Houston's Hongree-est MC Steven Higginbotham, Hard-Working Wheel Worker Alisha Pattillo & Her Swaggering, Soulful Sax Brandon Ray, Punk Rocker Turned Filmmaker/Animator The Excitable Boys of Another Run Flash Gordon Parks, DJ as Funky Professor DJ Main Event, Kratez Crew JumpOff Man Odd Hours and Back to Back's Hank Doyle Legendary K-OTIX Producer Russel "The ARE" Gonzalez Dylan Bryson Sings the Blues (Rock) DJ Damon Allen, R.O.C.O. Fellow Tom Lynch, New Kid On the Block Ashley Worhol, Goth-Metal Queen of Katy Joe Ortiz, Clockpole's Master of Nonsense Marzi Montazeri, the Man Dimebag Darrell Called a Bad Motherfucker John Salinas, the Beat Beast of Only Beast Homegrown Cowboy Crooner Charles Peters Adam Bricks, NYC Expat Metal Journeyman and Blasé Bassist Alan Hilton Kyra Noons, Houston's Reggae Sunsplash DJ AudiTory, the Maestro of LuvItMane The Nephilim Terror's Death-Metal Growler Danny Carroll Tommy Grindle, Guitarist of Square and Compass The Bailout Bureau's Mysterious "Bob Bovary" DJ Twinkle-Toes, Won a "Dick-Measuring Vinyl Orgy" With Two iPods Beanz N Kornbread, Gmail-Loving Production Duo You(genious), Party Crasher Turned Musical Auteur Daniel Alexander, Klein's Backyard MC
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