About / Bio

I started playing music in Halifax, Nova Scotia when I was 13 with my two good friends Ian McGettigen and Rob Benvie. It was 1988. We formed a band which eventually came to be known as Thrush Hermit. We still play together today, making records and touring fairly regularly.

In 1996, Thrush Hermit bought a 1/2" 8-track reel to reel recorder with money we got from a recording contract with Elektra. The record deal fell apart, but the 8-track still works.

In my spare time I began recording "In Need of Medical Attention." I've always had a surplus of songs and I wanted to do something with them. I enlisted both family and friends to play on certain songs, but for the most part I played the instruments myself. The record took about 2 years to complete. It was finally mixed in April of 1998 with Rick White from the band Elevator to Hell in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The medical theme throughout the record was due in part to the death of my grandfather, a doctor, in 1996. Running the risk of being too autobiographical and borderline pretentious, I decided to make a "mildly conceptual" album, inspired by records like John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska and the theme from M*A*S*H, "Suicide Is Painless."

The album cover is a woodburn by Rebecca Kraatz. I link it so closely to the recording that I often feel as if the music was inspired by the artwork and not the opposite.

Most of the songs were written and recorded in my parent's basement or the Thrush Hermit rehearsal space. Both environments were often either too cold or too hot, but they did set the mood and provide a few mysterious sounds that I still cannot explain.


In Need of Medical Attention -- 1999

    01. the news of your son
    02. when i have my vision
    03. forever in debt
    04. weigh it down
    05. i'd rather be deadly than dead
    06. she made a wreck outta me
    07. powerful lights
    08. goodbye, world
    09. in need of medical attention
    10. goodbye, doctor