The Ernies

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The Ernies
Origin Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Alternative Rock
Years active 1994–2001, 2013-present
Labels Bob, Mojo
Past members Will Hummel, Matt Goves, D. Hayes Smith, Mike Hughes, Stefan Demetriadis, Chris Bondi, Brian Knight, Damian Holton, Dave Warren, Steve Bider, Tom Hummel, Jeff Fuquay, Tom Martin, T., Jimmy McAvoy, Heath Losick, Derrick Dorsey

The Ernies were a popular American Alternative rock band from Richmond, Virginia.[1] They released two albums on an independent label before signing to Mojo Records and releasing their third album entitled Meson Ray.

History[edit]

The Ernies were formed in 1994[2] by four students of Virginia Commonwealth University: Will Hummel, Tom Martin, Matt Goves, and Hayes Smith. Hayes majored in music education, learning the saxophone and the bassoon, and Matt majored in music performance, focusing on percussion. Will studied English, and was especially influenced by the Modernists of the early 20th century.[3]

The Ernies released their self-titled debut album on October 1, 1995. This album featured a three-piece horn section consisting of Steve Bider on alto saxophone, Stefan Demetriadis on trombone, and Hayes Smith on the baritone saxophone. In 1995, bassist Mike Hughes joined the band.[4]

On May 12, 1997, The Ernies released their second album, Dropping Science. This album diverged from the pure ska style present on their previous album. The first track, "Jive" addresses the style change with lyrics like "We're not ska-core or reggae, jazz or funk, we're not hip-hop or rock or pop" and "to pacify those of you who need a label, call it what you want, we know you'll kick it if you're able". Without Steve Bider in the band, the horn section on Dropping Science consisted only of Stefan Demetriadis on trombone, and Hayes Smith on the baritone saxophone.

Mojo Records and beyond[edit]

Chris Bondi joined the band in 1997, playing the turntables and theremin. While playing a show in Los Angeles during a tour across the United States, The Ernies were discovered by a record executive and signed to Mojo Records.[5] Meson Ray was released on Mojo Records on April 20, 1999. With trombonist Stefan Demetriadis no longer in the band, the only horn section remaining for this release was Hayes Smith on a variety of saxophones.

A remix of the song "Motivate" appeared during a scene in the movie BASEketball. This version of the song also appeared on the BASEketball soundtrack, released by Mojo Records.

The song "Here and Now" was featured in the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in 1999,[6][7][8] and has also been featured on various television commercials, including an advertisement for the American television show CSI: Miami,[citation needed] the Australian television series Dangerous,[citation needed] and a U.S. trailer of "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Knockin' on Heaven's Door)" in 2003.[9] Sony also used the song for numerous in-store and DVD advertisements promoting Blu-ray.

On June 7, 2006, World Wrestling Entertainment featured the song "Polarized" as the theme for the one time special "WWE vs. ECW: Head to Head episode".[10] They also used "Here and Now" as the theme song to the DVD version of Survivor Series 2003.The song Organism was the opening theme for Wrestling Society X. The songs "Here and Now" and "Polarized" are also featured in a number of promotional training videos for the 2007 comedy Balls of Fury;[11] specifically the "Backhand Punch" and "Forehand Block" videos. In mid-2008 TGI Fridays used "Here and Now" as a background song for a run of television commercials.[citation needed]

Hayes Smith was a guest saxophonist, recording with The Pietasters on their 2002 album entitled Turbo.[12] He is now playing bass and sax for a Dallas, Texas based band called Roy Bennett.[13]

Frontman Will Hummel currently works as a district manager for G by Guess and released a Rocksteady-style solo project.

Will Hummel, Matt Goves and Mike Hughes reunited and performed songs from Meson Ray together on January 3, 2013 at The Camel in Richmond, Virginia, along with Stefan Demetriadis and Chris Bondi.

Band members[edit]

  • Will Hummel (Lead vocals/Guitar)
  • Matt Goves (Drums, Percussion) Now works as a Drum teacher in Richmond teaching at schools like Collegiate as a private instructor
  • Hayes Smith (Saxophone, Backup Vocals)
  • Mike Hughes (Bass)
  • Chris Bondi (Turntables, Theremin)
  • Stefan Demetriadis (Trombone)

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Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Date of Release Record Label
The Ernies 1995 Bob Records
Dropping Science 1997 Bob Records
Meson Ray 1999 Mojo Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leitch, Catherine (1999-11-04). "Freedy Friday". richmond.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Heather (September 14, 1999). "Ernies rock with hip hop, humor". The Cavalier Daily. 
  3. ^ Jenison, David (July 1999). "The Ernies". In Music We Trust: Issue Twenty-One. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  4. ^ Proefrock, Stacia. "allmusic ((( The Ernies )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Our weekly online concert series continues with an exclusive show by The Ernies". richmond.com. 1999-12-22. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  6. ^ Activision. "Tony Hawk Pro Skater". PlayStation. Neversoft. 
  7. ^ Scarry Larry (1999-10-28). "Tony Hawk thrashes the PlayStation with Pro Skater". CNN.com. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  8. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (2003-08-12). "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Hands-On Impressions". GameSpot. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  9. ^ Cowboy Bebop The Movie Trailer. YouTube (2006-08-06). Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  10. ^ WWE vs ECW: Head to Head Polarized intro. Dailymotion. Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  11. ^ Balls of Fury Trailer and Videos. Fandango.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  12. ^ "Pietasters Discography". Pietasters Official Website. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  13. ^ Smyers, Darryl (2007-07-19). "Misdirection and Irony". Dallas Observer. 
  14. ^ SunCoast: Alternative Pop/Rock – Dropping Science Ernies / CD / 1997 – Stefan Demetriadis listed in album credits