King's X Marks The Spot: Three Bands Spawned by Houston's Hard-Rock Power Trio
As many local music fans and members of the hard-rock/metal scene, King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill had a heart attack Saturday. Fortunately, according to bandmate DUg Pinnick, he seems to be responding to treatment and the prognosis appears to be good for the founding member of Houston's third most-recognized musical trio behind ZZ Top and Destiny's Child.
Photo by Mark Britain Jerry Gaskill of King's X
Despite the fact that King's X has wielded substantial influence in the world of hard rock since their debut release Out of the Silent Planet in 1988, they have remained largely an underground band with a startling lack of recognition, particularly in Houston. They may have formed in their home of Springfield, Mo., but it was Houston where they changed their name and began the career as the band we know today.
In addition, they influenced the migration of other similar acts from Springfield, which spawned additional bands with varying degrees of success. In many ways, King's X changed the dynamic of music in the late '80s and early '90s in Houston and left an indelible mark on the city's music scene.
The Awful Truth: Another trio featuring David Von Ohlerking, Monte Colvin and Alan Doss who moved to Houston at the same time as King's X and recorded with producer Sam Taylor (the central nexus for all of these bands), the band only released one record, but the lush Beatles harmonies (a central theme of all the Springfield bands), heavy Metallica-esque grooves and soaring Siouxsie and the Banshees wail were memorable. Von Ohlerking split with the rhythm section to form In the Garden, a decidedly more goth version of the Awful Truth while Colvin and Doss left to form the next band on this list.
Photo by Jeff Balke David Ohlerking (right) hugging DUg Pinnick at the Axiom reunion in 2007 at Fitzgerald's.
Ohlerking is now a painter living in Philadelphia. In 2007, he performed again under the Awful Truth banner at the Axiom reunion without Colvin and Doss. He was joined on stage by Pinnick for a song and aided by at least one member of the next band.