May 28, 2004 in Seven

Horrible Disaster started small

By The Spokesman-Review
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Horrible Disaster, which opens for The Makers at The B-Side on Saturday, features Adam Jelsing, left, Chris Pierce and Jamie Gould.Horrible Disaster, which opens for The Makers at The B-Side on Saturday, features Adam Jelsing, left, Chris Pierce and Jamie Gould.
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Horrible Disaster’s seven essential albums:

“Paranoid,” Black Sabbath

“Red Medicine,” Fugazi

“Electric Larryland,” Butthole Surfers

“Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star,” Sonic Youth

“Betty,” Helmet

“Howling … It Grows And Grows,” The Catheters

“Blast Tyrant,” Clutch

When Chris Pierce started jamming with Adam Jelsing a couple of years ago, the two didn’t have any big ideas. They just liked playing music. Those informal jam sessions spiraled into one of the more popular, albeit younger, rock bands on the local circuit – Horrible Disaster. “We started as a two-piece. I didn’t think it would become a full band. We were just trying to have some fun. I’m surprised that we’ve been playing a lot of shows,” Pierce said.

It’s not just the number of shows Horrible Disaster plays, it’s also the quality of the shows.

On Saturday night at 10 p.m., Horrible Disaster opens for The Makers with local female-fronted punk-rock band Mang at The B-Side, 230 W. Riverside Ave. There is a $7 cover.

Horrible Disaster also opens for The Makers tonight in Clarkston. Along with groups such as Mang, The Creeps, Burns Like Hellfire and Dee Farmin’s Army, Horrible D. is a mainstay at The B-Side, Moosty’s, 406 W. Sprague, and the Detour, 175 S. Monroe.

“We don’t hear much about the band, but we get so many shows; people want us to play, so they must like us,” Pierce said. “We’re doing all right as long as we’re continually playing.”

Horrible Disaster – Pierce, vocals and guitar; Jelsing, drums; and Jamie Gould, bass – has a reputation for high-energy live shows with fast-paced rock that is often misclassified as punk.

“It’s fast but it’s not traditional punk. We get booked with a lot of punk bands,” Pierce said.

Pierce, who plays drums and bass in addition to guitar, takes the lead on the songwriting with input from Gould and Jelsing.

“I take bits and pieces of parts we like and piece them together to build a song. I make suggestions for other parts, but I don’t write the whole song,” Pierce said.

After two years, Horrible D. has established itself in town. The next step is to get started recording and hit the road for more regional exposure.

So far, the only venues they have tasted outside of Spokane are in Tri-Cities and Missoula. Like most other bands in Eastern Washington, Horrible D. has aspirations to move to Seattle.

“We’re going to get over to the West Side with Dee Farmin’s Army this summer,” Pierce said. “That’s why we like playing with out-of-town bands, so we can get connections out of Spokane.”

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