Travis LeRoy: Bass & Vocals
Pat Searcy: Guitars
Tom Giere: Percussion
Disintegration Factory is a band I am very proud of. My friend Junior and I formed it in 1994. The idea was to have no limits on the type of music we played and to scrap most of the traditional ideas of what a band consists of (drums, bass, vocals and guitars). What I really liked about this band is the chances we took, the confidence we had and the dedication we gave to the band. In the beginning, we all believed in the band and believed that we would make it. I worked very hard on this project.
We experimented with a lot of different formations. I think the craziest version was me singing and playing bass, Junior (ex The Dark) playing keyboards, Tom Giere (ex Trip Romeo) playing electronic percussion, Scott Davies (ex Salem Spade) playing drums, Pat Searcy playing guitars and a female vocalist named Amy singing backups. Note that Junior, Scott and Tom were the drummers in my previous three bands! It was actually pretty cool.
As things settled, the band became Junior, Pat, Tom and myself. We wrote some really good songs. My goal was to create something like the moodiness of The Cure/The Sisters of Mercy, the electronic edge of Nine Inch Nails and the power of White Zombie into one diversified, gothic looking band. That is actually a decent description of how Disintegration Factory turned out. Obviously, we did not make it and the band eventually fell apart. The 'how' and 'why' are not important. The time I spent in Disintegration Factory was a great part of my life.
After the project ended, I needed a break from the original music scene. I started a few cover projects to make some money while still playing music. These bands were OK but nothing super amazing. After a few years, I decided to take a break from music. I was 30 years old and I considered quitting music altogether. As I would later find out, once you are a musician, it is hard to get it out of your blood. After about a year, I made a choice to put together one last project. I decided I would implement everything I had learned so far to try and make this group great, but I also kept my expectations reasonable. Music is a tough business, and talent does not necessarily equal success. Little did I know that this next band would be the most significant band of my career. The band still performs today. I named it That Eighties Band.