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john dickey / guitars, bass, vocals
as the leader and visionary behind the late great boston band, pie, john dickey carved out a singular niche in the annals of 1990s indie rock with his unique down-tuned guitar wizardry, plaintive neil-young-esque vocal stylings, and inventive and prolific songwriting. at its peak, pie found itself opening for acts like yo la tengo and built to spill before self-immolating on the altar of excess. it was all very rock and roll.

after pie’s demise in 1997, dickey moved west, and at a pace rivaling robert pollard, has been putting out a constant barrage of ear treats ever since under a wide variety of monikers: simp, psionic mantis, dickish, and most recently, richard bitch. all music guide had this to say about the bitch: “An anomaly among the mostly po-faced world of San Francisco Bay Area indie rock, the now-defunct Richard Bitch was a flash in the pan that never quite ignited, but by any standard should have set the house on fire.”

john parsons / bass, guitars, vocals

for nearly a decade, john parsons led san francisco rockers, rule of thumb, a quartet that bridged the alt-roots and indie-rock worlds through memorable melodies, literate lyrics, and non-traditional song structures. BAM magazine once described their third album as a “…a unique but unpretentious vibe; somewhat like solo-era Peter Murphy and Robyn Hitchcock filtered through Tom Petty’s resin-encrusted pot pipe.”

brandon hemley / drums, vocals
as the drummer for rule of thumb, brandon helped propel the band to its ever-so-moderate level of success. The consummate “guitarist’s drummer,” and a strummer himself, he approaches his craft as a collaborative tunesmith, drumming for the love of tasty music making as much as his primal urge to hit things.

mike margulies / keys, guitars, bass, vocals
multi-instrumentalist mike margulies has been a bi-coastal fixture in the alternative rock scene since the late ’80s in boston. relocating to the bay area in 1990, mike shouldered bass, vox and occasional guitar duties in peanut butterfly, a haight-based psychedlic trance/blues band active through mid-decade, as well as in the kosher hams, a mando-heavy klezmergrass swing unit. after most recently leading ny-based eclectic dance band left at greenland on keys, guitar and bass, mike returned home to sf and has been playing keys and guitar with longtime mates from tinfoil hat in the north bay and is now back behind the keys with verst full-time, spooning out heavy swells and adding plenty of primo shoegazing.