By: J. Robertson
A new band plays in town, and the evolution of this group formed from four BHS students is interesting.
In May of 2007, Jeremy Blount and Jordan "Jiggy" Griffin formed an acoustic group. Griffin played his Johnson acoustic guitar while Blount sang. They called themselves "Unfinished," referring to the group’s lack of electric guitars and drums, which traditionally compose a rock band. Less than a year later, Unfinished is an accomplished group made up of four Bruce High School students. The band has performed four shows and recorded their first album, Small Town Nobodies, in fact they sold T-shirts with that title on them.
Some of the first songs that Griffin and Blount learned to play together as part of their acoustic group were covers of Pearl Jam’s "Last Kiss" and Crossfade’s "Cold." Later that summer, the two decided to further their project and moved from the acoustic sound to a full-fledged rock band. Griffin bought a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar and Jeremy bought an electric bass guitar. Unfinished kicked into overdrive, however, when Jacob Samuell and Caleb Hanley joined as rhythm guitarists. Zeke Griffin, brother of Jiggy, whom Blount describes as a "rock band veteran," offered his percussion expertise as the group’s drummer.
The band began practicing in an upstairs bedroom of Jiggy’s home, which was transformed into their "music room" complete with amplifiers and stray wires littering the cramped space. The group then began writing their own songs. Blount mostly writes lyrics with occasional help from other band members. The musical accompaniment are developed in an impromptu fashion: each band member contributes his sounds to add to the finished product. "You can’t turn creativity on or off, it just happens," Blount explained.
Only two weeks after Samuell and Hanley joined the band, they held their first public performance as part of the BHS talent show. Of the 4 songs they performed that night, three were originals. They finished with a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s "Simple Man," which has become a staple at their shows. Jiggy’s guitar solos won the crowd over, making their first appearance a success among the BHS student body.
After playing at a private event, Unfinished then traveled to Tupelo to perform at The Musician’s Playground on January 8. The Musician’s Playground is an event center, which showcases rock bands from across the country. While there, they gained advice from other bands who were more "schooled in the business," according to Blount. On January 25, Unfinished performed alongside Silver Bullet, another local music group, on the stage of Cinema 22 in Bruce. The show was widely publicized and a huge success. Despite inclement weather, the turnout surpassed all expectations. "It showed us that both Unfinished and Silver Bullet have a dedicated hometown fan base," Blount said.
For those interested, Unfinished plans to have another show with Silver Bullet, at Cinema 22 on Friday March 14. Doors open at 7 at admission is $5. They recorded their first album, "Small Town Nobodies," on February 2 with David Holloway at Diamond H Sound in Smithville. CDs are available for purchase from band members for $10 each.