Life as a drummer

I started playing the drums in 1989, at the age of 12, and I’ve never stopped. 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 to many parts of the world on tour. Below is my discography (at least everything I can remember playing on and being a part of.)


Deities (1991—1995)

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.

Deities Discography
  • Promo ‘91 – Cassette Demo – 1991
  • Symptoms of Insanity - Demo Cassette – 1993
  • Icon – Demo CD – 1995

Your Mother (1992—2000)

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.

Your Mother Discography
  • Pasture Of Muppets – Cassette Demo – 1992
  • One Big Inside Joke – CD – 1995
  • Probe Magazine double 7"– Compilation – 1995
  • A Tribute to the Fuckboyz – Compilation – 1996
  • How Lovely Nowhere Is – Compilation – 1996
  • Bugcomp – Compilation – 1996
  • Sometimes Scott Jones is Our Roadie – 7" – 1997
  • Another Probe 7" with a Girl on the Cover – Compilation – 1997
  • Wood Panel Pacer Wagon With Mags – Compilation – 1997
  • America In Decline – Compilation – 1997
  • Too Much To Ask? – Compilation – 1997
  • You Are Very Attractive – Spare Some Change? – Compilation – 1997
  • Too Fat For Love split with All You Can Eat – 7" – 1998
  • Fall Asleep to This – Compilation – 1998
  • Bakamono #1 – Compilation – 1998
  • Death To False Metal – Compilation – 1998
  • Advice for Young Lovers split with Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits – 7" – 1999
  • The Weird Al–bum – 7" – 1999
  • Live at the Iron Duke – CD – 1999
  • Making Jogging A Threat Again – 7" – 1999
  • 70 Minutos Full Time Hardcore – Compilation – 1999
  • California Creamin’ – Compilation – 1999
  • Worse Than Alternative – Compilation – 1999
  • One or Two Good Songs and a Whole Lotta Crap – Compilation – 1999
  • Faux Pas Potpourri – Compilation – 2000
  • Fear of the Nothing – Compilation – 2000
  • Another Juan Rides the Bus – Compilation – 2000
  • The Golfing Record – 7" – 2001
  • One Big Disappointment – Download Only – 2011

The Love Songs (2001—Present)

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 The 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. The Love Songs has recorded many full–length albums and toured the USA, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

The Love Songs Discography
  • Volume 1 – CD – 2001
  • All Branches No Trunk – CD – 2004
  • Love Songs Loves Us Some Reno – CD – 2004
  • To the Bitter End Vol II – Compilation – 2005
  • California Thrash Demolition – Compilation – 2005
  • Love Songs / Sharp Knife – Cassette – 2005
  • Behind Enemy Lines (In G# Minor) – CD – 2006
  • Hot Buns Reduxe 45 – 7" – 2007
  • Another Guaranteed 40 Minute Music Set – 12" – 2009
  • Employee Handbook For Time Off – Digital Download – 2011
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go Wrong – LP/CD – 2016
  • The Loneliest Whale – LP/CD – 2019

Meris (2001—2012)

At the same time that The 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.

Meris Discography
  • Demo 2003 – CD – 2003
  • Demo 2004 – CD – 2004
  • Abandon All – CD – 2010

The Black Bend (2012—2014)

Meris decided to take a new direction and in the process renamed the group to The Black Bend. We recorded one album which was released in 2014 and disbanded shortly after its release.

The Black Bend Discography
  • Agents of the Outer Dark – CD – 2014