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At first glance, there are four completely different men standing in front of you, each with separate goals and aspirations.

At second glance, you begin to see a band fighting together for their dreams of stardom.

"The Untimely Death of" waltzed onto the local music scene as a group of bored college students looking for excitement.

"We kept jamming together so much we just became a band," Jamie Armstrong, the band's lead singer and guitarist, said.

After this, they soon found themselves in unfamiliar territory. They needed a name.

"I was watching this cartoon called 'Salad Fingers,' and the character in it, Hubert Cumberdale, was so cool," bassist Jeff Margaritondo said. "I just thought I would never want him to have an untimely death, and it stuck."

As the band grew closer together, each member saw the band in a different light.

Margaritondo, who was previously a classically-trained violinist, felt as though the band brought him to a home away from home.

"My parents are hardcore hippies, so eclectic music was a constant thing," Margaritondo said. "When music has always been in your life, you want that to continue in college."

In the same way, Armstrong saw the band as his way of letting go and finding himself.

"It's my life," Armstrong said. "It's all I do really. I end up choosing music over other things. It's better than everything else."

On the other hand, Nik Zawodny, the rhythm guitarist, saw the band as a chance for freedom from his rigorous double major in aerospace and mechanical engineering.

"This band is my escape," Zawodny said. "I like the profession I am going into, but this band helps me to get away. I have no one judging or rating my performance. I'm just free to let loose."

Jon Privett, also a mechanical engineering major, mirrored Zawodny's feelings concerning the band.

"I like how I have two different sides of my life," Privett said. "I have my major which is serious and the band which is fun."

The Gainesville band debuted at Eddie C's Jan. 27. They showed much promise while playing seven more shows before the summer. However, problems held them back from breaking out and truly making a name for themselves.

"I took an internship in West Palm," said Privett, the drummer. "I may not be in Gainesville all the time, but I still feel like we can move on and move forward."

If Privett's absence wasn't enough, Armstrong's medical problems forced him to withdraw from school. After a breakdown at the beginning of the spring semester and an emergency visit to the infirmary, Armstrong was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and put on medication.

"The music I wrote on medication sucked," said Armstrong. "I feel like I am more of myself without medication, so even though it affected me, I'm moving past it."

And move past it they did.

During the first week of school, they recorded their first album with friend Rob McGregor (Against Me!, Hot Water Music). They also had a show at The Purple Porpoise Friday with more than fifty screaming fans.

"I love the show because they had a distinct sound that carried through the performance," UF sophomore Heather Connaway said. "I would definitely see them again."

They made their presence known to the crowd through their original songs such as "The Hardest Part" and "Curtain Call." A strong stage presence and lyrics such as "these days pass by like lazy drops of rain" kept the crowd engaged.

"They have a great melody that covers a variety of sounds, and each song is unique," Robert Orozco, an aerospace and mechanical engineering senior at UF, said. "Not only can they play the music, they can play a show. They are into it, and you can see that they are into it."

With other concerts scheduled for Sept. 1 at Eddie C's and outside of Gainesville, the problems the band faced last semester have only made them stronger and more determined to succeed in music. For these guys, there is no untimely death in sight.

"We are on for the ride," Armstrong said. "We don't have an end point. We just want to play rock 'n' roll."
- The Independent Florida Alligator


The Untimely Death Of... are one of the better bands to emerge from the new crop of young Gville bands, and their debut EP adequately displays their best talent -- the ablility to pare down a rock song to its constituent elements.
Much like other local bands such as the Pawn Rook FOur or bloom. before them, The Untimely Death Of... take one of the most overcrowded musical genres out there, ie pop rock, and manage to sqeeze a bit more blood out of it.
With guitars that shift from atmospheric to galloping, austere vocals and a capable rhythm section, these guys do more than simply ape their numerous early 90s rock idols; they pay homage to them.
Yeah, we've al heard the quiet verse/loud chorus dynamic before, so the very fact that it still works is a testament to their songwriting craft.
While they're not pushing any musical barriers into the stratosphere, TUDO are exactly what most people are looking for -- anaccessible band with straightforward lyrics, dynamic guitar interplay, and an inspiring stage presence. - conor mitchell - The Gainesville Sun


“The self-titled debut EP from The Untimely Death Of is everything you want to see from a fledgling college band. The songs are rough, and the melodies can be overly repetitive, but they establish a sound for themselves in the process, making that all-important step from the garage, or in their case a small storage space, to the studio. Fans should be pleased with this release, but it may take a live show to convert a new listener. The EP begins with a good tempo and never dwindles through all six songs, keeping it interesting. Their sexy pulp rock noir breathes a dark air through “Hard To Get” and both parts of “Cold Games,” and it works nicely, especially due to the rhythm section. The pseudo-reggae “Velvet” is definitely the weakest track on the EP, but the final track, “Curtain Call,” is a gem and makes the entire thing gravy in my eyes. The Untimely Death Of… has great potential for a new band and should be given a shot.” - eric dorman - InSite Magazine


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the untimely death of... ep. 2005

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The Untimely Death of... have been sweating it out inside the steel walls of a 10' by 10' practice space for the last 10 months. They have had to deal with their drummer moving 300 miles away from the band’s Gainesville headquarters. They’ve had to deal with singer/guitarist Jamie Armstrong’s absence during treatment for manic depression, following a mental breakdown in March of 2005. Through all this, they diligently crafted their songs through the relentless Florida summer heat, and sub-freezing winter weather. The Untimely Death of... still found time to road test these songs in the classiest dives in the Southeast, and were met with gracious applause and much free beer. This trail of destruction, despair, and debauchery led them to Rob McGregor (Against Me!, Hot Water Music), who was signed on to record and produce their debut EP.
The Untimely Death of... has played in various clubs around central Florida and south Georgia, as well as playing 5 date tour in Scotland in July 2005. They have also appeared live on WHHZ 100.5 in Gainesville. Their debut EP will be released on November 11th, 2005 and extensive touring shall follow in early 2006.
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