Every Wednesday is Heritage Hump Day! That's because every Wednesday from now to the end of the year or before someone really big stops us, Heritage Hump Records (a temporary subsidiary of Onus Records) and New Times will be bringing you a limited edition collector's item of a much beloved Phoenix band that walked the scorched earth of Arizona before the year 2000 A.D. We will honor that band with a commemorative digital single that you, the digital public, will have only seven days to download to your computers and smart phones before this single gets marked up to an exorbitant price as determined by the mp3 collector community. When that happens, a new Heritage Hump subject will be chosen and the free-for-a-limited-time-only cycle begins anew.
This week we examine a band whose membership reads like a Who's Who of our local music scene. Converging at one time or another in this alternative, goth, hard rock, and metal band (are we leaving a genre out?) called Undertow were members of Crushed, Gentlemen Afterdark, Dead Hot Workshop, Saints of Van Buren, Ritual, Mighty Sphincter, Rabid Rabbit and Jagged Rocks.
When this Brian Smith profile on Crushed ("Crushed: We're an American Band") ran in New Times on December 16, 1999, singer Matt Lauer was asked by Atlantic Records to write some radio songs for Crush along the line of Sugar Ray or Smashmouth. Of course that didn't happen.More »