How did it Happen?
Subsequent to a previous band dissolution, Kevin
and a newly positioned drummer - Chris Rockwell decided they had much
in common musically. They decided to start a music project together. A
search for a singer and bass player ensued. Chris being a MBA in Sales
and Marketing took the search by the reigns. They placed an
advertisement for a singer and bass player in The Stranger magazine. A
hundred or so singers' called. They auditioned three. One of which was
Reece Crider. They clicked with Reece and selected him as the front
man. The band needed a bass player. With twenty or so responses
received and six or seven auditioned, one particular RAT - Anthony
Morris rocked. He became the bass player. Anthony could also carry a
Band formed - 4/1/01.
The band needed a name. Each person came up with
ideas and wrote them down. Conceptually they all had an interest in
sci-fi, space and conspiracies. Anthonyís list of ideas contained the
name: 19.5. They loved it.
Name selected - 'Nineteen 5'
By now, the band (Chris R., Anthony, Reece and
Kevin) had a few songs and were preparing to perform live, and complete
other professional band goals. Then Reece bailed town for unknown
reasons. Shortly thereafter, the fall of the DOT COMís forced Chris R.
to return home to Northern California with his family. Anthony and Kevin now had a choice to make-Part wayís or continue the
A decision to continue was made. They decided to
not be limited in their search for band mates and to create as much a
family in this music project as possible.
Kevin knew a drummer - Ken Blessing. Ken agreed to
audition. Near the same time, Anthony had come across an advertisement
placed on Seattlemusician.com by a female vocalist-enter Christine
Wayne. They all communicated for a week or so before deciding to meet.
The sci-fi, space, conspiracy theory band name still fit with
everyone. They meet one Saturday afternoon in Fremont June 23, 2001.
They got along and decided to make a go of playing
together-Things went well: Nineteen 5 was again rolling.
After a while things began to get weird-Ken left
the band and Christine, Kevin and Anthony played with a new
drummer-Steve Andrew. Things just werenít the same. Stylistically we just didnít match. Steve
left the band to pursue a different musical direction.
Ken began a new project or two and time drug on.
After a while Kevin called Ken and asked him to meet with the band to
discuss their plight. Ken agreed. Once again, they met in Fremont and
decided to give it another try as a band.
Nineteen 5 played their first live show on December
27, 2001. The set consisted of five songs- Dum-Dumb, Happy
Freaks, Nineteen Five, Preservatives and Thinkin' Thoughts.
In 2002 they
performed more than 50 live shows.
On February 2, 5 & 15, 2002, the band and Greg
Williamson recorded and mixed a four-song demo titled, "They Sent a
Beam of Light as They Landed". The four songs; Dum-Dumb, Happy
Freaks, Nineteen Five, Preservatives were completed in 30-hours over
three working sessions. One hundred sixty copies of the CD were
packaged and distributed.
Just after a show in Portland, OR. - March 22nd,
2003 - Anthony decided he needed to spend more time with
his wife and son. Sadly, for the band that meant he had to leave
The band was scheduled April 6 & 7, 2003, to lay down the
initial Drum and Bass tracks for our first full length CD titled,
"Blind Eye Gone". They hired
Geoff Ott - http://www.ottmusic.com - as the producer and Avast Studio in
Seattle had been booked. Crossroads? Kevin contacted a few previous
band mates. Brad Harriss a talented
multi-instrumentalist agreed to write bass lines for 10 songs - in 2
weeks - and to practice with the band for the recording sessions.**The
11th song was a last minute addition to the CD. They finished writing it
in the studio on April 7th, 2003- FEAR turned
out nicely. The other 10 songs were: Down (formerly Dum-Dumb), Seven
Sisters, Think' Thoughts, Lollipop Eye's, Satellites, Happy Freaks,
Rainbow, Joni's Revenge and Evilution.
With the bass and drums on disk, they spent the next
few months at Geoff's studio (Ottmusic) recording guitar, vocals and
mixing the songs. Near completion of the recording sessions, Ken's
friend Nic Le Ban lent some skills to three tunes - Lollipop Eye's,
Seven Sisters and the bass breakdown on Fear.
It was time to start a serious search for a bass
player. They posted some ads on the Internet and The Stranger. The
very first response June 25, 2003, was from Wes Griswold. The band and
Wes clicked. Enter Wes Griswold - Bass and backing vocals.
After a few weeks, things began to get weird for
the band. Ken was getting married soon and the demands of life and
family began to take their toll. On August 8, 2003, Ken decided to
follow Anthony's lead and leave the band to spend more time with his
wife and sons.
The band needed a drummer. Again, they posted some
ads on the Internet and The Stranger. A co-worker of Wes' referred a
drummer. They auditioned Aaron on September 2, 2003. Aaron's talent and
personality was a perfect fit. The band had fulfilled the vacancy in the
percussion department. Commence Aaron Barber on drums.
As a few weeks passed and things weren't going well
between Wes and the band. Due to creative and personality differences,
Wes left the band to pursue other interests.
Having a vacancy in the bass player position, Kevin
contacted a previous band mate - Mike Hunnicutt. On September 17,
2003, Mike and the band agreed to play for a while together to see if
the partnership would work. A few shows and practices later, life and
the 100-mile distance between Mike and the band proved too much and
they parted ways.
Having been in contact with Brad since the Blind
Eye Gone recordings, Kevin asked Brad if he was interested in playing
bass in the band. After seeing the band perform live, Brad said he had
seriously considered it. On December 1, 2003, possessing an uncanny
ability to provide a simple yet intricate bass line to the sound of
the band - and backing vocals - Brad Harriss became the bass player
for Nineteen 5.
Today, there is a strong camaraderie and kinship
between the band members. The music has never been tighter. The new
material is consistent with the bands energy and unique sound,
evolving as the band grows.
On Wednesday August 31st, 2005 the
band entered 'Hidden Jewel Studio' and began
writing and pre-producing new material.
November 1st, 2008 after 2
Years in the Making - The Album "BEG To Differ" was completed.
The disc was recorded, mixed and produced Geoff Ott (co-produced by
Nineteen 5). We recorded @ London Bridge Studio - Seattle and the
recording was mastered by Mark Guenther @ Seattle Disc Mastering.
As life and its pursuits takes time from us, the band has found new
friends to keep the passion of LIVE Performance and THE MUSIC going.
In 2009, the band welcomed Robert Baker on Bass. Initially,
this would be to accompany the band while performing live.
Brad play keyboards and his great guitar licks; as performed on the
Beg to Differ recording.
As time dwindled in scope for some of us, Robert
continued to play bass. Live shows continued to call us to the
stage. In February 2010 Nate Burch was added on lead and 2nd
rhythm guitar. At the same time Mark D. West was added on
Robert was on vacation and Geoff Ott
stepped in to play bass for a show at the Central Saloon May 14,