Speed Governor

Speed Governor


When did it become en vogue for indie rockers to be emasculated? Speed Governor plays indie rock like it was meant to be: smart, loud, and primal. Think mid-to-late-'90's Archers of Loaf, Chavez, Seaweed - bands that didn't need light string sections to move you. Ukuleles and harps: be damned...


Speed Governor is from Columbus, Ohio. We are neither a metal band (as one might infer from our name) nor a "shitgaze" band (as one might guess with some knowledge of our hometown scene). We play indie-rock, you know, the kind that Eric Bachmann wrote pretty much every Archers of Loaf song about.

Anyway, we just released a 7" record recorded by that Steve Albini guy. It sounds really good. That was really important to us; like I said, we're not a "shitgaze" band.

Allow me to introduce, um, us:
-I'm Justin Hemminger. I play the guitar and sing. I also eat barbecue and write band biographies.
-Chris McConnell is our drummer. He used to be the bass player in the band Edison (from Altoona, PA). They were one of those bands that got scooped up in the '90's major label signing frenzy. Like most of those bands, they never got rich or famous.
-Nick La Russo is our bass player. When he was in high school, he was in a band with Adam Elliott, who would go on to be the drummer/singer for Times New Viking. Did I mention that we're not a "shitgaze" band?

We've been together for a little over a year and in that time, we've played shows with such bands as Bottomless Pit (ex-Silkworm), Japandroids, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, and Via Audio. We've also played with a bunch of lesser-known bands (Red Collar, Kid You'll Move Mountains, Fox Japan, The New Dumb, Koala Fires) that are every bit as good as the super-hyped bands listed above.


Grant Park Compact 7" (available on iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody & Lala)

Set List

Typical 40-minute set:
Grant Park Compact*
Shut the Front Door*
I Guess I'll Miss the Strobelights*
Seven Second Stalker
If We Keep Meeting Like This, People Will Talk
Thirteen Years of Sharp Edges
Me & My Brother
Keep it in the Family

We generally don't play covers.