Evacuate Chicago Biography

Evacuate Chicago is awesome:

Alex - Drums, Vocals

Josh - Guitar, Bass, Vocals

Rob - Lead Vocals

Evacuate Chicago is an alternative to our other projects for our more personal songs. We agreed that our band Psychostick should stay exactly what it is, and we should not incorporate the serious subject matter into that band. That is where this band comes in. We are free to write about literally anything we need to, to vent, to cope, or perhaps to just put into words what we can't say any other way.

Individual bios:

NAME: Alex Preiss
AGE:
1984-10-23
POSITION: Drummer
OTHER GROUPS I'M INVOLVED IN: Psychostick, (ex-The Stuttering C-Cowboys)
FAVORITE BANDS:
Brand New, Alkaline Trio, Plus 44, Machine Head, Hatebreed, The Hope Conspiracy, Nothingface, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, Glassjaw
MUSICAL INFLUENCES:
Travis Barker, Dave McClain, Brian Mantia, Chris Pennie, Tomas Haake, Abe Cunningham
BANDS I WISH WERE STILL AROUND:
Box Car Racer, From Zero, Vision Of Disorder, At The Drive-In, Nothingface
STARTED PLAYING:
When I was 12 I took up the drums, and joined my first band at 15
ENDORSES:
SilverFox Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Puresound, Zildjian Cymbals
SCHOOLING:
Graduated from Alhambra High School as a junior in 2002
AUTHORS:
Jon Land, Michael Crichton, Eric Nylund, Robert Charles Wilson, Alice Miller, Stephen Hawking
MOVIES:
The Matrix, Donnie Darko, Death Machine, Kill Bill, Boondock Saints, Aliens, Memento, Chronicles Of Riddick, Shawshank Redemption, Star Trek, anything with Sandra Bullock in it.
VIDEO GAMES:
Eh,  not for me.
OTHER HOBBIES/INTERESTS:
BMX, mountain biking, astronomy, psychology
MARITAL STATUS: Taken
FAVORITE FEMALE:
See above
BIGGEST ENEMIES:
Idealistic people, elitists
WOULD LIKE TO THANK:
Dave, and everyone from SilverFox, Sarah from Zildjian, Steve from Evans, and Jason from Toxic Recording.

NAME: Joshua Key
AGE: 1979-09-05
POSITION:
Guitarist, Bassist
WHY I JOINED EVACUATE CHICAGO:
To write music without limitation
OTHER GROUPS I'M INVOLVED IN: Psychostick
FAVORITE BANDS:
Sevendust, Nothingface, Glassjaw, Machine Head,Hatebreed, Pantera, Stuck Mojo, From Zero, Dream Theater, Brand New,Deftones
MUSICAL INFLUENCES:
Lots of different sources, many being some kind of rock
BANDS I WISH WERE STILL AROUND: Pantera, Dim (local band), Colepitz, Boiler Room, From Zero, Frank Zappa
STARTED PLAYING:
Summer of 98
ENDORSES:
D'addario Strings
SCHOOLING: 8 years playing trumpet in concert bands/orchestras/jazzbands, 2 years music theory, 2 years piano
AUTHORS: Steven Hawking, Alice Miller
MOVIES: Memento, American Beauty, Fight Club, Signs, What the Bleep DoWe Know, Mindwalk, Star Wars Trilogy, Matrix Trilogy, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Kung Pow
MARITAL STATUS:
Single
FAVORITE FEMALE:
My cousin Gina
BIGGEST ENEMIES:
Close-minded, critical types of people
WOULD LIKE TO THANK: All those who have been a positive influence in mylife, too many to name

NAME: Rob Kersey
AGE:
8-30-80
POSITION:
Vocalist
WHY I JOINED EVACUATE CHICAGO:
I kinda volunteered to join after Alex and Josh mentioned they were starting another band. My reasoning is to diversify my style and gain vocal experience, as well as write some stuff that I can best relate to.
OTHER GROUPS I'M INVOLVED IN:
Psychostick
FAVORITE BANDS:
This always changes, but right now - Hatebreed, The Hope Conspiracy, Glassjaw, Alkaline Trio, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chevelle, Brand New, Dillinger Escape Plan
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: The vocalists from the bands I just mentioned, plus some others. Any vocalist that can convey their emotions into their music well enough to catch my attention ends up being an influence. I dunno, it's hard to explain.
BANDS I WISH WERE STILL AROUND:
Pantera, Nothingface, Glassjaw (they haven't broken up, but they're on haitus or something), and a couple others I can't think of right now.
STARTED PLAYING:
I got into playing music when I was about 12 as atrombone player. I later discovered I hated playing trombone, so I gave it up. About 1999 I started dabbling with being a vocalist when Josh and I made a pact to start a band.
ENDORSEMENTS I WISH I HAD:
Pepsi? Har har, I dunno. Something like a video game company. I love video games.
SCHOOLING:
Permian High School Graduate, Odessa, TX - 1998. Somet echnical classes, like programming and databases. I'll probably go tocollege when I want to learn something, not when I get guilted into not going to college.
AUTHORS: Michael Crichton, David Allen, Ron Legrand, Stuff Magazine (haha)
MOVIES:
Fight Club, Memento, Swingers, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars movies (old ones)
VIDEO GAMES:
RPGs galore. Final Fantasy Series, Dragon Warrior/Quest series, Zelda Series, Metroid Series, Metal Gear Solid Series, Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3, Doom 3, Half-life 2, Battlefield 1942, Halo 2, Tetris, and some others I can't think of right now.
OTHER HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I'm big into anime (Dragonball Z, Ruroni Kenshin/Samurai X, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, and a few others). I also am into web design and database/server side programming, and eventually I will be more involved in video game design. I'm also a computer hobbyist. Love to build and modify stuff.
MARITAL STATUS:
Single
FAVORITE FEMALE:
Honestly, I don't know. I see a lot of females. I can'tthink of any that stand out enough to be my favorite
BIGGEST ENEMIES:
Alex. OOOOH!
WOULD LIKE TO THANK:
Alex, Josh, Chris, my friends, most ofmy family, and whatever higher power might be out there that we have nofreakin' clue about. Har har.