|Matt Hammon - Drums
Born May 26, 1973 - Houston, Texas
March 1988 - plays drums for the first time, listens to and derives
much influence and inspiration from "Epic Pop" bands from the
UK and Ireland - U2, Simple Minds, Big Country, Cactus World News,
etc. Accepts the gift of a drumset in May.
May 1990- assembles first band, Nothing In Return.
May 1991- June 1992 - Discovers the acoustic guitar, songwriting
takes over soon after. 3 semesters at University of Houston, unsuccessful
June 1992- March 1994- Splits time between NIR and Houston-based
songwriter David Rice, experiences dramatic growth as a drummer
July 1993- Nothing In Return moves to Austin, Texas on the heels
of 'Another Day', the first and only NIR record, continues to
drum for David Rice live, and for "Lotti's House", Rice's second
record for Houston-based Justice Records, in August and September,
1993, featuring NIR's Jeremy Gomez on bass.
Winter 1993-1994- Very Focused on booking and promoting NIR's
February / March tour. Obsession with learning about the music
industry. Wrote one song total in 1993, for the funeral of a beautiful
Spring 1994 - NIR bitterly dissolves after tour #1. Last show:
March 18th, Fitzgerald's - Houston, Texas. Matt Co-founds and
quickly thereafter leaves "Mineral" with bassist Jeremy Gomez
and guitarists Scott McCarver and Christopher Simpson, (who, with
new drummer, went on to achieve emo-rock icon status with 1996's
"The Power of Failing" (Crank!), and solidifying a deal with Interscope
Records in 1997). Matt moves back to Houston to play with David
Rice exclusively through the summer.
August, 1994 - December 1995- David Rice moves to Los Angeles
and signs with Columbia Records, Matt goes to college, spends
a lot of time alone, and meanwhile addresses the "solo work",
spending all non-university waking hours in a friends garage apartment
8 track studio in the historic Heights of Houston, culminating
in 1996's olive drab, confessional, self-produced and mostly self-performed
independent release aptly entitled, "Taking Things Away".
December 26, 1995 -Drumkit entered closet. New acoustic guitar
enters life. Solo shows in Austin and Houston becomes life focus,
yielding few, if any, actual dividends. David Rice and Mineral
both ink major label record deals soon after.
Winter / Spring 1996- Severe depression. No music. Girlfriend
of over 3 years splits. Enter: Tanqueray.
July 4, 1996 - Accepts offer to do a tour, drumming for Nothing
In Return singer "Tess Wiley" in her new solo outfit, after she
was untimely released from her post-NIR band, "Sixpence None The
Richer", a few months prior.
Monday, July 29, 1996- Solo show in Austin at the Hole In The
Wall. Main songwriting influence Bob Mould in attendance with
bill-sharer Andrew DuPlantis. Friendship with Mould grows in following
weeks, and Mould expresses approval of the drumming on Taking
Things Away. August, 1996- Preproduction for new Hammon solo record
September - November 1996 - Sessions for new solo record commence
at Entropy Studios, Austin, with co-producer and great friend
John Egan of Houston. Many new songs come to life, too many to
have to chose. Focus lost, money depleted, record lies in wait.
Cellist Brian Drell, recruited for the sessions, also accepts
offer to round out the live situation. Played out live as a two
piece under the moniker, "Closer".
November 9, 1996 - Opened the Liberty Lunch Bob Mould solo show
where, backstage, interest in having a shot a playing drums for
Mould at some point in life was voiced and duly noted.
December 1996- January 1997 - Loma Ranch Studio, Fredericksburg,
Texas. Assisted on the David Rice debut release, "greenelectric",
for Columbia Records. Very Cold and Grey.
Spring of 1997- Darkest days ever. Nothing to mention or even,
willing, remember, except for opening a sold out show for Ben
Five in Houston, and a cover record with Tess in Nashville, TN.
May-June 1997- permanent relocation to the unparalleled inspiration
of downtown Houston, Texas. A new batch of songs come out, sessions
for the new record, now entitled, "Olivette" resume at the 8 track
studio of years before.
July 2, 1997- Emergency Family Medical Crisis occurs. Love of
life, family, music, and friends dramatically increase. Drums
August-September 1997 - Accepts offer to do a European Tour with
Tess Wiley and her German orchestra, mainly throughout Holland
and Belgium, with a solo trip to the Czech Republic and England.
Awesome. Highlight: Tea with Peter Gabriel at Real World Studios
in Box, England.
October - November 1997 - Relocates to Austin to play drums with
Chris and Jeremy of the newly defunct Mineral. A new band, "The
Gloria Record", completed by Houston guitarist Brian Hubbard is
born. Songs written, plans discussed, much promise shown. A new
batch of solo material is also written.
December, 1997- Bob Mould calls out of the blue, over a year since
last communication, and recruits Matt for his new record and tour.
Answer-yes. Very Happy New Year.
January, 1998- 'The Gloria Record' produce a truly inspired mini-album,
self titled, at Loma Ranch in Fredericksburg. Great results, very
happy. Mould in town to begin sessions at Cedar Creek with Jim
Wilson the very next week. Matt is busy in rehearsal space with
headphones on learning the songs and tweaking the Ludwigs.
February, 1998 - "The Last Dog and Pony Show" drum tracks meet
tape at Meridian Studios outside of San Antonio, Texas. Hands
in need of immediate medical attention. Definite musical connection
with Bob. Tour discussion underway. "Olivette" sessions continue
in Houston to finish out the month.
March - April 1998 - Matt and The Gloria Record experience tension,
try unsuccessfully to work through it, and agree to part ways.
Sad, but good for all. Very good band. No regrets. Matt and David
Rice play together at Loma Ranch for the first time in almost
4 years with great success, arranging and recording a new song,
"Angel of the Summertime", virtually on the spot (in addition
to several other, less flushed out ideas), and the intuitive nature
of the musical connection between the two is instantly remembered
and enjoyed. Both want to play together again and are keeping
up regular correspondence via e-mail.
May, 1998 - Best friend Jeremy Gomez gets married, Matt turns
25 the next day, moves in with Jim Wilson the next weekend. Preparations
for rock tour begin, and continue through August 7. "Olivette"
sessions continue, slowly, as there are now over 30 songs to chose
August 10 - September 7, 1998 - New York City. Dog and Pony tour
preparations. 2 new solo songs surface, as Matt's love of New
York is strengthened and plans of relocating are in the works.
September - November 1998- Bob Mould Band, "The Last Dog and Pony
Show" world tour.