Epoxy is Brett Kimberlin on guitar and vocals, Wade Matthews on bass, and
Robbie White on drums. Robbie and Wade have been touring for years with
other cool bands, and Wade has been playing with Brett off and on for the
last ten years. Their former band, Payback, had a deal with the Smashing
Pumpkin’s label, Scratchie Records, before it was trashed in the merger
of Mercury Records.
- Brett Kimberlin
- Epoxy arose out of the hellish depths of Bretts time in prison
for exercising his First Amendment rights to speech and political activity.
Without any trial, Brett was hauled off to federal prison after being
targeted by right-wingers who wanted to punish him for being a musician,
writing a book and speaking out about politics.
Brett spent all of his time in the prison music room, writing, playing,
and singing his songs. He put together a band, and every day or two
he wrote a new song, and then played it later that evening. He relied
on, what he calls, an intuitive crap meter to discard
anything frivolous. The prisoners loved the band, and the crowds kept
getting larger until the right-wingers passed a law to take all electric
musical instruments out of the prison. So Brett and the ACLU
sued, and he got to keep rocking while his status as a political prisoner
increased. Amnesty International (http://www.amnesty.org/),
Human Rights Watch (http://www.hrw.org/)
and FAMM all took up his cause,
and he was eventually released after tons of media coverage and a
long running feature
in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury.
Once free, he let a few select music heads hear what he had spent
the last several years doing. This started the rush to get it out
as quickly as possible. Epoxy quietly went into studios around Washington
D.C. and recorded 35 songs live, fully analog. Those songs were whittled
down to 15 and mixed by a famous producer who chose to use a pseudonym
because he loved the band but was encumbered by legal prohibitions.
On August 15, 2002, the indie Pollen Records released the debut album,
titled Nothing Else, while the big labels made their offers.
- Wade Matthews
- Wade has been a professional touring bassist for nearly twenty years.
He has been playing with Brett off and on for the last ten years. Wade
has recently toured the world with Nils Lofgren and played with Bruce
Springstein and Stevie Ray Vaughn.