Amery Smith

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Amery Smith
Also known as AWOL
Born (1964-08-03) August 3, 1964 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Punk, heavy metal
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Suicidal Tendencies, Los Cycos, The Brood, Uncle Slam, Beastie Boys, BS2000, AgainST, G.F.P., Dead Fucking Last

Amery "AWOL" Smith (born August 3, 1964)[1] is a drummer from Los Angeles, California. He is best known for playing drums in the Venice punk band "Suicidal Tendencies."[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Amery Smith spent the first year of his life in Venice then moved 3 miles south with his Father to Playa Del Rey, where he eventually met Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir. “Neighborhood Watch played a backyard party at the house in Playa Del Rey and they had a Suicidal/Venice following. My band opened for Neighborhood Watch at the party and the next day I got a phone call from Mike Muir asking me if I wanted to try out for Suicidal Tendencies. And I said yes”.[4]

Suicidal Tendencies[edit]

Amery Smith played on the 1983 debut album on Lisa Fancher’s Frontier Records for Suicidal Tendencies and at the time Smith being influenced by drummers such as Rush’s Neil Peart used rototom's which can be heard in the classic drum intro to “Institutionalized.” Smith had an original and refreshing drum style compared to most punk drummers of 1983. He was also singer Mike Muirs first choice for the band "Los Cycos," which was created during the bands four year recording hiatus and at the time included his long time friend Bob Heathcote (who later joined Suicidal Tendencies on their 1989 “How Will I laugh...” album) on bass, guitarist Grant Estes on Leads, Anthony Gallo on rhythm, and Mike Muir Vocals. Bassist Louiche Mayorga replaced Heathcote and No Mercy drummer Sal Troy replaced Smith for the recordings. Though he played only a few rehearsals before permanently leaving Los Cycos to form The Brood with guitarist Jon Nelson. Los Cycos did record one song “It’s Not Easy” on the “Welcome to Venice” album.

Other Projects[edit]

Amery Smith became "AWOL" A nickname bestowed upon him by band mate DJ Hurricane from the Beastie Boys in the early 90′s. “I was never where I was supposed to be. So Cane just said I was awol.”[4] was one of the forming members of Uncle Slam, The Brood and forms BS 2000 together with Beastie Boys, Ad Rock and has also worked for the band The Mars Volta as production manager and as a drum tech for Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against the Machine, One Day As A Lion, Jimmy Eat World and Green Day. He played with the hardcore punk band Dead Fucking Last (also known as DFL) in 1993. In May 2006, he reunited with his old Suicidal Tendencies bandmates Louiche Mayorga and Grant Estes to create a band named AgainST with Excel vocalist Dan Clements and former No Mercy singer Kevin "The Jerk" Guercio. In 2012 Amery joined forces with DFL vocalist Tom Paul Davis (Crazy Tom), guitarist Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion) and skate legend Tony "Mad Dog" Alva on bass forming the Hardcore Punk band G.F.P. General Fucking Principle. They are collectively working on new material with Beastie Boys Mario Caldato, Jr.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • Buccinator
    • The Great Painter Raphael 1995; Basura! Records

and other various B sides and compilations

  • F-Minus
    • No Time - Give 'em the Boot Compilation 1997; Hellcat Records
    • Methadrine - Old Scars and Upstarts Compilation 1999; Disaster Records
  • BS 2000
    • BS2000 1997; Grand Royal Records
    • Simply Mortified 2000; Grand Royal Records
  • .001 Losers Club
    • Wont Break Me Down 7" 1998; A+ Records
  • Felix
    • Staying Stagnant 7" 2002; New Hit Records
  • Timmy Goes Boom
    • Fast Enough - Every Dog Will Have Its Day Compilation 2002; Adeline Records
  • Leftöver Crack
    • Crack City Rockers - Give 'em the Boot 2 Compilation 1999; Hellcat Records
    • Rock the 40 Oz. 7" 2000; Bankshot Records
  • U.S. Bombs
    • American Made - Covert Action 2003; Hellcat Records
  • AgainST
    • Camarillo, Roll the Dice -
    • Welcome 2 Venice Compilation 2007; Built on an Ounce Records

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