Southern Mental Illness

Southern Mental Illness

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Southern Mental Illness is a heavy metal band from La Fayette, Georgia. The signature of a S.M.I. show is the pummeling pulse of the combination of thundering bass, massive beats, wailing guitar solos and an aggressive vocal assault. S.M.I. leaves an impression on every audience.

Biography

Southern Mental Illness is a heavy metal band from La Fayette, Georgia. Their sound is a combination of thundering bass, massive beats, blaring guitar solos and an aggressive vocal assault.
The band members are Neil Gilbert on lead guitar and lead vocals, Matt Whiteside on the bass guitar and background vocals, and Pierre Talley on the drums.
The bands creation was a result of collaborations between Gilbert and Whiteside. The band took shape from 1999 to 2001. Southern Mental Illness may have begun in 1999, but the rebirth was undoubtedly the moment Talley became S.M.I.'s drummer in 2005.
S.M.I. leaves an impression on every audience that witnesses their show. The band has welcomed many comparisons to bands like Pantera and Sepultura. The signature of a S.M.I. show is the pummeling pulse and wailing guitar solos. Visually, a S.M.I. show is a straight forward, no flash, take-it-as-it-is declaration of metal energy.
Neil Gilbert, age 30, has been playing the guitar for most of his life and it shows when he goes into his solos. His main guitar influences include Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell, Randy Rhodes, Jake E. Lee, and Tony Iommi. His main vocal influences include Ozzy Osbourne, Phillip Anselmo, and Max Cavelera.
Matt Whiteside, age 28, began playing the bass at age 11. He graduated in 2003 from the University of West Georgia with a degree in music theory and composition. His influences range from metal to classic rock and rap. However, Black Sabbath is Matt’s main influence.
Pierre Talley, age 22, a long time friend of Whiteside and Gilbert joined S.M.I. in 2005. His drumming influences include Pantera, Mudvayne, and Lamb of God. Pierre’s other interests include his twin daughters, and rapping.

Discography

S.M.I.’s demo, a two-song sampler, is an excellent example of what their fans get live every time they play. It‘s loud, fast, tight, and heavy. It features the songs Thrown Down and Forgotten. S.M.I. have been played on WRXR Rock 105.5's Homegrown Show and WAWL Rock 91.5

Set List

SMI songs:
Grace
Sacrifice
Forgotten
Inside Out
All My Fault
Disassociate
The Very End
Make You Sick
Thrown Down
Psycho-sadistic
Bow Your Head
The Art of Domination
Knee Deep In Brimstone
i Don't Feel The Need To Explain Myself
Jet Pack Johnny and the Space Immigrants

Our sets are between 45 - 60 minutes.

SMI cover songs:
Propaganda - Sepultura
Been A Long Time - Black Label Society
Believer - Ozzy Osbourne
I'll Cast A Shadow - Pantera
Hail The Leaf - Down