Braid were one of the finest emo bands of the second wave, but unfortunately they called it quits right as the genre was reaching commercial viability. Curiously though, less than a year after Braid’s final shows, a new band called Hey Mercedes—featuring everyone from Braid minus guitarist/vocalist Chris Broach, plus guitarist Mark Dawursk—popped up with a four-song EP and full touring schedule in hand. (It didn’t take much work to guess who caused the most friction in Braid in the ’90s.) Hey Mercedes put out two full-lengths on Vagrant and toured America about 94,000 times over, before ending their band in 2005 (after having already buried the hatchet with Broach for a massive Braid reunion tour in 2004). More recently, Braid re-reunited and are working on a new full-length. Hey Mercedes have been resurrected for a handful of performances since their dissolution but appear to be dead and buried for the time being.
We were huge fans of As Tall As Lions (heck, we hand-picked ’em to be on our first-ever AP Tour way back in 2007), so when ATAL ended in 2010, we were pretty sad pandas. Luckily, the band members did their best to console us with Kilimanjaro, which was everyone from ATAL’s final lineup minus vocalist/guitarist Dan Nigro—plus a guy on trumpet named Duncan Tootill. See, Kilimanjaro were an instrumental, semi-improvisational jazz quartet—and while we could hear a little bit of that in ATAL’s gorgeous, lush alt-rock, we definitely weren’t expecting something this off the beaten path. Kilimanjaro have since gone on hiatus.
Best known for their split 7-inch with Jimmy Eat World, San Diego emo-shoegazers Jejune were, in two words, fucking awesome. Unfortunately, the band weren’t long for this world, breaking up in 2000 after one awesome EP, Junk and one incredible album, This Afternoon’s Malady. An odds-and-ends collection called R.I.P. soon followed, featuring a handful of new tracks, which were glammier and poppier than their previous material. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, then, when three-fourths of the band—vocalist/guitarist Joe Guevara, guitarist Mark Murino and drummer Chris Vanacore—formed a new band called Lovelight Shine, recruiting bassist Gary Striegel to fill the spot of Jejune vocalist/bassist Arabella Harrison. The band released a smokin’ hot five-song debut EP called Makes Out, that was all ’70s-glam-rock swagger and awesome power ballads, but it didn’t connect with the scene at all, and LLS faded into obscurity pretty quickly. Neither Jejune nor LLS have been active for more than a decade.
With the tragic suicide of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in 1980, his bandmates were faced with a tough decision: Do they end their musical careers just as they were getting started, or do they soldier on? They chose the latter, rechristened themselves as New Order and recruited drummer Stephen Morris’ girlfriend Gillian Gilbert to play synth and fill out the lineup. The band are still active now, though their lineup has had a few hiccups, mainly with the departure of bassist Peter Hook.
Following the abject commercial failure of Save Ferris’ second album, Modified, the Orange County ska-punk band crumbled, only to have all their members minus flame-haired singer Monique Powell reconstitute themselves as Starpool. The band play a similar style of ska-punk as their previous group, only with Alan Meade on vocals. Starpool are still semi-active in Southern California—and they’re currently pretty pissed at Powell for reuniting Save Ferris earlier this year with a bunch of jabronis. Both sides are in the process of suing one another for control of the Save Ferris name. (Bet that’s worth millions.)
Scott Weiland is known for being a bit, uh, difficult to work with sometimes. Just ask his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates, who got so fed up with his personal issues and frequent trips to rehab, they started an entirely new band called Talk Show with vocalist Dave Coutts. Their self-titled debut came out on Atlantic Records in 1997, and more or less sounds just like an STP record, although the public didn’t respond the same way they had to STP’s previous albums—Talk Show peaked at 131 on the Billboard 200. By 1998, the other members of STP were already back in the studio with Weiland, working on No. 4. The decision was the right one, at least financially; No. 4 debuted at 6 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum in under a year.
Just about everyone knows who Josh Homme is—between Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Eagles Of Death Metal, dude’s bound to have at least a few jams on your iPod. But what about his former bandmates in Kyuss, the stoner-rock band he was a member of from 1987 to 1995? Well, those guys have gotten back together under the moniker Vista Chino with guitarist Bruno Fevery filling Homme’s very large shoes. The group originally went by the name Kyuss Lives! until Homme filed a lawsuit in federal court in 2012 claiming trademark infringement on the Kyuss name—a suit he partially won later that year, resulting in the name change to Vista Chino.