Biographies

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 Pumpkinā€™s label, Scratchie Records, before it was trashed in the merger of Mercury Records.

Brett Kimberlin
Epoxy arose out of the hellish depths of Brett’s 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.
 
 
Robbie White
Robbie and Wade have been touring for years with other cool bands. Robbie hails from North Carolina, where he has been playing drums as part of the Rhythm and Blues scene throughout the Carolinas. Robbie has toured with the punk band, the blue notes, and been the drummer of choice in the DC alternative scene for years.

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