Gillyis Thunderhead originally formed in 1991 and played local shows for about a year. In the fall of 1992, drummer, Bill Brandon and singer, Jeremy Truscott joined the band after the departure of the original drummer, Willie Lobez and singer, Frank Farris. After a few months of practicing and writing, Gillyis Thunderhead played their first show with the new lineup at The Channel in Boston, Mass. on March 13th, 1993.
They would go on to record 3 releases:
"Are You Alive" 1993,
"Contents Partially Unknown" 1994,
"Crisis Identity" 1996.
The next six years were spent performing over150 shows throughout the region opening for some national acts, got some radio play and independent label interest, and painstakingly wrote more songs. By the winter of 1997, the band had five more songs being prepared for another trip to the studio. In the spring of 1998, difference of vision had slowly blurred into tension causing the band to break up.
And so for 14 years it all rested on a dusty shelf, simply forgotten.
Enter long time friend Rob Renaud of Brick Window. He opens a Gillyis Thunderhead MySpace account for shits and giggles. Rob and I were getting together on a weekly basis playing acoustic guitars and figuring out how to convert old band vhs tapes to DVD.
After an epiphany, I seriously considered playing drums again.
For several months I pondered the idea of a Gillyis Thunderhead reunion show.
I hadn't spoke with any of them in quite awhile and wasn't sure if they would be interested.
After speaking with all but Jerry, everyone seemed really enthused about the potential project.
I ended up contacting Jerry for work around this time but I had yet to mention that the rest of us were talking about putting something together. I have always known Jerry to be a true lover of music and a particular moment arose that I'll call the "radio malfunction death dance". My account of this incident is as follows:
We were heading for a break and Jerry tried to turn the radio off to no avail. He started thrashing about with the poor, helpless, still cranking radio in his hands. I slyly asked him if he still had some energy for that kind of moshing thing. He deadpanned the short affirmation, "some". When we took break, I told him that the guys and I have been talking about a 20 year reunion show. He'll deny it but I saw the sparkle in his eye through his slightly michevious smirk that this was at least, an intriguing thought.
So we all met at Joe's house a few days later. The first time that all of us were in the same room in 14 years. To me it really felt like a class reunion. Obviously, we had a lot to talk about.
Around the third week of August 2012, Gillyis Thunderhead began relearning songs that were 15 and 20 years old. I burned CD's of all our material and passed them out like text books. We were on our way to reconstructing an almost 8 year body of work, that had almost a decade and a half of rust collected upon it. These were exciting, unchartered times.
Decemeber 2012 the band hits the stage at an open jam in a function hall. All foreign equipment and not having played live in such a long time, Gillyis Thunderhead relied purely on adrenaline and heart to pound through six tunes before an enthusiastic crowd.
So after 7 months of working around busy schedules and the calamities of life...
This 20 year saga continues with a message forged long ago that rings more true today...
Gillyis Thunderhead has risen through the ash akin The Phoenix...