|The history of
.NEMA formed in the western
suburbs of Detroit in the summer of 1995. Its origins can be traced directly
back to the "heshing out" activities of emo-turned-crusty youngster Eric
Prozac and former Ottawa vocalist Jeff Rice. "Heshing out" generally involved
a cheap 40 ouncer accompanied by a tape of either Bolt Thrower or Hellhammer
while sitting on the front stoop of Prozac's apartment in Westland. It was
under these circumstances of sheer suburban boredom that the first chords
of many future .NEMA classics were first strummed.
The initial line up consisted of Prozac on guitar, Rice on vocals, Council
Records mogul Matt Weeks on second guitar, HC hearthrob and Abiology Records
CEO Eric Kane on vocals, and coke-snortin' party animal Sean Pettibone on
drums. After a few practices, Lars "the Mack" Makie added his bass talents
and Kim Henninger became a ludicrous 3rd member of the .NEMA vocal troupe.
This line-up was responsible for the atrocious self-titled demo that
Council/Abiology released in August 1995. Aside from some humorous between
song soundbites, this demo is an absolutely mundane exercise in mid-90s power
Immediately following the release of the demo, Pettibone was jettisoned from
the line-up and replaced with legendary Jaks/Bedwetters drummer Shawn Gates.
This line-up made several live appearances and released two 7" EPs- one
self-titled 7" and a split 7" with Ontario thrashers Warfare State (future
members of Rammer and Born Dead Icons). After a brief string of shows with
Three Studies For A Crucifixion and Coleman, .NEMA went on a long hiatus
with the departure of Kane and Weeks for a shitty college town known as Prescott.
Prozac, Rice and Gates continued on as Dysentery, a terribly named and
short-lived black metal project. Rice and Prozac also went on to form Kathode
with future Def Jam recording artist Andrew WK and .NEMA roadie Mike
Fast forward to summer of 1997. All .NEMA members, with the exception of
Kim Henninger and DJ Lars Mack Attack, converged in Eric Prozac's Detroit
crash pad for a practice that was eventful for the following two reasons
- first .NEMA was back on track and second Mr. Cotton, the 90 year old next
door neighbor, ran away screaming in terror. New bassist Karl Gurganus was
drafted to take over bass duties from the recently expatriated Lars Makie
and the new, improved .NEMA decided to take its show on the road.
.NEMA played 8 shows on a 9 day tour in late August 1997 with the Columbus,
Ohio powerhouse Inept. Inept featured a bassist who bore an uncanny resemblance
to Young Ones cast member Nigel Planer, as well as future MRR head honcho
Mike Thorne. Reception was lukewarm in most cities but Montreal surprised
them with hordes of drunken/dusted Francophone crusties chanting "More beer
for punks!" and "Bring back the devil!". Along with shows at east coast
institutions ABC No Rio and Stalag 13, the tour also brought .NEMA and Inept
to Deposit, New York, home of the legendary Schaefer Logging Company.