(clockwise from left)
Axtolis: BASS -- Patrick Brower: VOCALS
Will Garrison: DRUMS -- Chris Carlson: GUITARS
Yeah, this is my fault. I lost our original bio written by Chris.
It was full of cheesy, over-the-top, "We're the greatest band EVER!!"
stuff, as you'd expect, but in a site re-design it was lost. So
here's a history instead.
Chris Carlson and Patrick Brower were friends for a decade. Chris
was an accomplished guitar player. Patrick thought he could sing.
Each believed in the other. One day in 1998 they started to write
songs in Chris' apartment. And they liked what they wrote, but
never really thought anything of it. They had a mutual friend in
Jason Axtolis. Jason, more Chris' friend in the beginning, was a
bass player, but Patrick didn't know that. Patrick was actually
intimidated by Jason so when he learned Chris was letting Jason hear the
songs they had written and recorded (just voice and guitar), Patrick was
worried that Jason would think they sucked. Jason did not think
that. In fact, Jason liked the songs so much that he asked to play
bass for them. So this then became a serious thing. And a
drummer was needed. A friend of Chris' knew of a country-inspired
drummer named Will Garrison. Chris met Will and found that he
liked country but liked metal more. All 4 guys jammed and realized
that they had something... and thus was born... CRASH PALACE.
Yeah, that was the original band name until it was discovered that there
already WAS a Crash Palace.
SERPENT CROWN was chosen as the new name and the band had an identity as
well as a batch of songs. They started to play out regularly.
They played some clubs that they had only been to as fans to see
international acts perform at. And they were selected to perform
at the Thirsty Whale Remembrance Bash (The Thirsty Whale was a great
rock club in the 1980's that is now a combination BP Oil/McDonald's.
Chris used to call it the "Medieval Pizza Parlor" due to it's, um,
decor.) They had fun.
Something happened to Chris and he seemed to resent the fun and
friendship Patrick and Jason formed, going so far as to tell them
individually that the other was trash-talking them behind their backs.
Jason got fed up and decided that he was leaving. He gave months
notice. The band didn't even last that long. One night, on
stage no less, Jason and Chris almost came to blows and Jason wound up
leaving the band right then and there. It's just too bad he wound
up taking the whole band with him, as that was the last time they were
ever together as a group. Will already had another band and was
about to get married, so he also opted out, with no hard feelings or
regrets of the time shared.
Patrick and Jason, the legal owners of the band name, spent a year
trying to recruit two new players. Many people were auditioned.
New songs were written. New rehearsal space was found. But
in the end it became so much work and so little fun, so they, too,
called it a day and Serpent Crown was laid to rest.
Since then Chris formed a band with his sister Amanda Carlson, called
SUNSET ARMS. They no longer play together. Will got married
and that's all that is known about him. Jason joined the Patrick
Capone band, recorded a CD with them and went on tour. By his own
choice he is no longer with them. Patrick joined an 80's cover
band, FICTITIOUS, but the lure of his own music was too strong and he
left that band. He also still records music with his friend Bob
Burns in their original band THE DIVORCE GUN, usually around Christmas
of each year.