This is a quote from an e-mail from Jeffrey Schuster <[email@example.com]>
Astoria, NY USA - Thursday, July 8, 2004
" White Front, circa 1980-82, Davenport. Eric Cope (singer/ guitar) Eric Larson (bass) Craig (drums) Tim (singer? / guitar?) -- Doug (guitar?) I first saw them play at 10 S. Gilbert in Iowa City. I think they played with the Effigies from Chicago, but I could be mixing up a few nights."
"* White Front moved out to SF a few months before I did and I stayed in their practice studio (on Osgood St. near Chinatown) while I found a place to live. )"
"Here's a bit from my journal, Jan. 2, 1983: "
"Eric Cope (Tony Mosier) stopped by tonight; he was heading over to Mabuhay Garden, a bar right next ot the On Broadway, where the Fuck-Ups were supposed to be playing, a band he wanted to interview for Flip-Side magazine. He left, telling us that he could probably get us on the guest list so we could get in free but, half an hour later, he returned and told us that the Fuck-Ups must have fucked up because they weren't even there. So he got another beer out of his backpack, stuck it in his back-pocket, and started out for Mabuhay to see the other bands. "
"White Front, by the way, is going to split in two. Tim and Doug and the drummer will retain the original name and play fast hard-core numbers, while Eric Cope, Eric Larson, Doug (again), and a new drummer will play a much different kind of music, song like those written by R.E.M., Bauhaus, et al. I guess a slower, more melodic and song-like style. It's funny, but there's one song in particular by R.E.M. that sounds just like something from The Byrds. Eric Cope is over here about every night playing songs he's written during the day. Drastically different from the songs I heard them play when they were still back in Iowa. Then, they played probably 30 2-minute songs, back to back, as fast as they could play them. "
"Eric Cope later formed Glorious Din and put out a couple of LPs in the mid-eighties on Insight"
This is a quote from an e-mail from Pete H (White Front, S.F. 1982-3)
- September 27th, 2004
"I do not wish to post anything myself as I am not interested in receiving e-mails, but if you need additional information on White Front I can provide some, having been the drummer in White Front after they moved to San Francisco in the late summer of 1982 until the break up of the band in January of 1983. Tim Storm and Eric Cope were co-lead singers. Eric had stopped playing guitar when Doug Heeschen joined the band. Tim has never, to my knowledge, played any instrument. White Front never recorded, although there are tapes in existence of live shows in SF and studio rehearsals, none of them of particularly good quality. "
"After White Front split, Eric eventually formed the original Glorious Din with Matt Hall from Stiff Legged Sheep on bass and Jay Paget, later of Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, on guitar. Eric played "stand up" drums (no bass drum). This incarnation of the band recorded a demo in late 1983, but never played live. Doug Heeschen and I joined up again with Eric (and Jay) in Glorious Din in January of 1984, and this is the band that recorded two LPs and disbanded in December of 1986. Doug and I played in another band with Jay for about a year after that called Harry's Picket Fence. Doug Heeschen and I also played in a band with Tim called The Koel Family which recorded three cassette only "LPs" from 1984 through 1989. Tim, Doug, and Lisa and Julia from the Koel Family went on to form the Gargoyles, which lasted in one form or another until 1995. There were a number of other bands or projects featuring more than one former member of White Front. None of this is related to anything that happened in Iowa, so this is probably already too much information. "
Pete H (White Front, S.F. 1982-3) "
This is a quote from the Submit board from nick volm <firstname.lastname@example.org>(Upper Volta/Social Cripple/The Jonestown 4 ) Iowa City, IA USA - Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 01:25:54
"Does anyone remember White Front from Davenport? Eric Cope, from Sri Lanka, was the lead singer. They were nasty but oh so much fun! They always got more fucked up than anyone else...guess that's cuz they were from Davenport."
- Eric Cope - singer/guitar
- Eric Larson - bass
- Craig - drums
- Tim Storm - singer
- Doug Heeschen - guitar