Stephen Hero

Mike calls me up. He's playing drums in a band with Brett H., and they don't have a bass player. He wants to know if I'd like to play with them. "Sure," I say, boldly stepping into the hardcore world.

I'd never really played in a hardcore band before. Most of my stuff was too artsy for the hardcore kids to get into, so I thought I ought to give it a try. Typically, the Stephen Hero songs were simply constructed, but at the same time difficult to play simply because of the speed of the music. We had all the fixings for a hardcore band too, all the way down to the singer who yelled entirely unintelligible words into the microphone, the refusing to play on a stage when we played live, and the slowed down heavy parts....

All in all, Stephen Hero was a fun band. At one point, I was actually contemplating re-recording the Stephen Hero songs as DWAB songs, because I thought it would be an interesting project. I only got around to recording one of the songs, and it was not one of the songs from the Stephen Hero demo. It hasn't been on any DWAB releases, and I'm not sure where it belongs, but perhaps I will just offer it as an individual download one day....

Stephen Hero recorded a demo, and also contributed a song (from the demo) to Ebullition's Amnesia compilation. Unfortunately, the CD presented by 2657 Productions is simply a copy made from the demo and not the original ¼ inch masters. At some point, we'll fix that....

Stephen Hero

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