Mike Garrigan (Collapsis)
(*There are very few musicians that are going to take me multiple blog entries to write about. I can cover most everything that I enjoy about what they've done, or what they are doing, in one post. With Mike G, it's a bit different. From his work as a musician to a producer, to try to squeeze all of his work into one post wouldn't do it justice. So today, let's look at his band from the late 90's, Collapsis.)
I am one that believes 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' I am not great at writing historic descriptions of anything, but Wikipedia always seems to get it right on. Here is what Wiki has to say:
"Collapsis is a band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The band's name can be traced back to a Dillon Fence song of the same name. Collapsis can loosely be categorized as late-90s post-grunge, with melodic vocals and lyrical themes of broken relationships, cautious yearning, and loneliness. They had more of a country influence than many bands in that genre; the instrumentals sounded more like a hybrid of country and pop music than 90s modern rock, although their music was accessible to fans of any of those genres."
I had heard about the band Collapsis quite a bit when their album, Dirty Wake, came out in 2000. For whatever reason, I just never had the chance to sit down and take a listen to it, though. People kept telling me 'man, you'll love these guys - it's totally your kind of music!' I think it may have been the album cover that was intimidating for me, I'm really not sure. I do remember when our local music venue, the Casbah in Johnson City, TN, called me to see if my band, Random Chance, would come in and open for them, and my first thought was, "Did the guys over at the Casbah forget that we were pretty much an acoustic band? They must be mixing us up with someone else." The same day, we got a call from the Asheville Music Zone in Asheville, NC to open for Will Hoge, whom was a fairly new artist at the time, so we just went that route instead.
A couple years later, I had the opportunity to take a trip down to Charlotte, NC to see one of the bands I'd been listening to since high school, Athenaeum, play a show. At the end of the show, I overheard some people talking, saying that they were surprised that Collapsis's frontman was playing guitar for Athenaeum now. 'Wait - Collapsis - the metal band?' I thought. Something just wasn't matching up. I noticed that the guitar player had his solo album at the Athenaeum merch table, so I figured, why not - I needed something to listen to on the way home, and that guy was VERY good. (*That album is a whole other blog entry to itself someday.)
The next day rolls around - I run down to our CD store (when those used to exist), find that Collapsis album, throw it in the car and... crap. You have to be kidding me. Now here's a band that I can already tell that I love, and I totally not only blew opportunities to see them play that I had, along with all that time I could have been listening to this great album - and heck, I even blew the chance to play a show with these guys! Go figure.
Well, as cliche as it is, my mother's always right...
Never judge a book by it's cover.