The Hek-Atomic Cherries
The Rise And Fall Of The Hek-Atomic Cherries
Chapter 2: The Portent of the First Practice
The first practice of the new lineup was held at what would affectionately become known as "The Butthole." The future home studio of Buttfishing Productions was utilized as the rehersal space for many local area bands in those early days but it proved to be extremely crucial to the future of the Hek-Atomic Cherries.
In April of 1992, the Cherries met at the Butthole following an evening in which the Meat Dingy's played a show. Jay Burton had recently taken on the role of bass guitar in the Meaqt Dingy's and had participated in the previous night's show. However, circumstances precluded him from being able to attend this inital practice of the Hek-Atomic Cherries on the following day. Charles Barousse acted as stand in on the bass guitar and began what would become a new passion in his life.
The group had amassed a decent amount of material at this point. Although only writing for a few months, they had put together the basis for what would become their groundbreaking first album a mere seven months later. In this first rehesal, the musical tone and attitude was set with Stephen Miller on drums, Charles Barousse on bass and Wes Raine on guitar. This band was all about having fun and playing silly punk rock. It was decided that the vocal duties would be handled by Jay when he was next available to practice.
The rehersal was a success but it was also oddly cohesive as a three-piece unit as opposed to the intended four-piece plan. This would continue to be the case and become more and more evident as time went by. Although none of the three young men could have predicted on that day, but this band would become a major force in the Lafayette music scence.
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