As for now, this is only going to cover the time after I moved back to Seattle in '95. With a little luck, hopefully I'll be able to add some of the pre-Seattle material, specifically the stuff recorded in Spokane with Kill The Messenger (KTM). So...
RUSS - consisted of myself on guitar and vocals, Mark Anderson on bass and Michael Robson on drums.
Although comprised mostly of original songs, a few covers like "CXQ5" by Tim Thomas and CXQ5, "Summertime" by George Gershwin and "Pair O' Dice" by Spokane's own Motherload made it into the setlist. The album, oringally titled "Tons of Hiss" was recorded in 1996 at Private Radio Studios in Fremont, by Pat Gray. It was never released. Later on, around 2000 it was retitled "The Object of My Affliction", and still...not released.
After Michael left the band to pursue other interests, Mark and I reformed the band with new drummer John Ogle and re-named as Jesus Chrysler. Without the band name search tools we have these days, it took Rob Skinner from Coffin Break to clue me in that the name had already been used, but to no avail, the name stuck for the little while we were together.
We recorded the seven song EP "Lost In The Overdrive" on a weekend in late 1997, again at Private Radio Studios with Pat Gray at the console. The distinct difference in guitar tone from the first album came from my amp deciding to blow up when we plugged it in at the studio. Thankfully, Pat's trusty old Marshall came to the resuce.
Overall, we were much more pleased with the sound of this second album. We had done a lot more targeted pre-production rehearsal than on the first one so there was a lot more confidence and better execution of the performances. I think it shows in the result.
Soon after recording "Overdrive", John left the band citing personality differences and such, and so once again, Mark and I were without drummer. For Jesus Chrysler, that was pretty much it.
Victory Lap (Mike Cogswell, Dan Leary, Kelly Minnis) brought me on as a second guitar to thicken up the sound in '99, but soon after recording at Jupiter Studios, Mike decided he wanted to go another way and Victory Lap disbanded.
Since then I've been pursuing music on my own. I've tried to firm up a project here and there, but just haven't been able to make it work. Strange how that happens when you get older and have a family. I am still writing and recording in my little studio and have done some instrumental projects for a short documentary film and a radio show.
Currently I have one project in the works, my solo, blackened, post-metal project "The Black Fleet". One song "Censors" is nearly finished, with 5 more started.
I also am looking forward to working with my friend Marc Doty on a yet undefined project. We are just trying to find the time.
Thanks for listening.