The Rocks Off 200: Jeremy Killgore, a Treasonous Vocalist

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

Photos by Rhonda Meredith
Who? Jeremy Killgore originally auditioned to be the guitarist in Their Name Was Treason, a band name so good it made me want to restart our old What's in a Name? column. However, when the band heard the sinister potential in that throaty roar, they simply had to give him the mike. His near-perfect combination of scream and enunciation sets him apart from the hardcore-vocalist crowd.

An old veteran of the music scene here in Houston, Killgore started out with Less Than Zero in 2000, then spent a decade doing solo shows and cover bands until joining Elevate the Sun. TNWT is just the newest in a long line of excellent acts he's joined, signing on in February of this year. The band hopes to have a full-length album out by September, with a small tour to support.

Home Base: TNWT get together at a house in Pearland to combine the parts they spend time writing in their individual creative spaces. Killgore refuses to assign any one stage a special place in his heart, believing every gig should be your favorite when you're playing it because if you don't think that, it never can be. There's a moral to that somewhere.

Good War Story: "Well...there was a time one of my cousins beat up my other cousin onstage while we were playing a show in Baytown," he says. "There was a time that the owner of a club started yelling at everyone to leave, and approached me as if he wanted to fight, but then broke down and started crying about his wife. Then he got mad again and started throwing glasses at the customers.

There was a time the band broke up, onstage," Killgore continues. "I've seen some strange things go on in bars. It's been say the least."

Music Scene Pet Peeve: Killgore's advice for getting along in the Houston music scene is very simple: Always be supportive. Even if you don't like a band's music, they are musicians who know other musicians, and there's no reason we can't all be in this together. So be supportive.

Story continues on the next page.

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