Vapors of Morphine

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Vapors of Morphine
Vapors of Morphine performing in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2014
Background information
OriginCambridge, Massachusetts, USA
GenresBlues rock, Delta blues, alternative rock
Years active2009–present
Associated actsMorphine, Orchestra Morphine,
MembersDana Colley
Jerome Deupree
Jeremy Lyons
Billy Conway
Jeff Allison

Vapors of Morphine is an American rock band founded in 2009 by the surviving members of the alternative rock band Morphine Dana Colley and Jerome Deupree and blues guitarist Jeremy Lyons.


The band was officially formed in 2009, when Dana Colley was asked to bring a group to Nel Nome Del Rock Festival in Palestrina, Italy. Ten years earlier, Morphine's frontman Mark Sandman had suddenly died of a massive heart attack while performing in that venue.

After some deliberation, Colley invited Jeremy Lyons to sing and play the 2-string slide bass, along with drummer Jerome Deupree. Lyons asked a friend to build a 2-string bass for him and started learning the Morphine repertoire. The process wasn't easy as Lyons had to master a new instrument while singing below his natural voice range.[1]

In the beginning, they couldn't agree on a name, and they alternated between “Members of Morphine & Jeremy Lyons” and the “Elastic Waste Band,” which eventually morphed into “The Ever Expanding Elastic Waste Band”. Early in 2014 someone asked Lyons if he didn’t “play with ... the ‘vapors’ of Morphine?”, inspiring the band's name as it is currently known.[2]

Vapors of Morphine have toured through the United States, South America and Europe. Some highlights have been Mês Da Cultura Independente (São Paulo, Brazil, 2014), The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (USA, 2012); Virada Cultural Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012), New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience (USA, 2011); and Maquinaria Festival in Santiago, Chile (2011).[2]

Former Morphine drummer Billy Conway often plays as a guest, making the group a quartet. Studio drummer Jeff Allison filled in for Deupree in 2012 when he was suffering tendonitis and is now considered an auxiliary member of the band.[2]



  1. ^ "Jeremy Lyons - Vapors of Morphine". Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "About - Vapors of Morphine". Archived from the original on 9 February 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2016.

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