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Portland, United States (1992 – 1996)

Heatmiser was an band that originated in Portland, Oregon in 1992. Consisting of Elliott Smith (guitar and vocals), Neil Gust (guitar and vocals), Brandt Peterson (bass; later to be replaced by Sam Coomes, frontman of Quasi), and Tony Lash (drums), they were known for their well-crafted lyrics and songs featuring and cheery words and melodies. The pop-oriented songs of Elliott Smith were a contrast to the darker songs of Gust, while both Smith and Gust’s songs touched on subjects such as anger, alienation, loneliness and despair.

The band broke up in the fall of 1996 after Smith’s solo work began gaining popularity. Gust went on to play in the band No. 2. Coomes carried on as half of Quasi, as well as playing as a guest musician for Built to Spill and Sleater-Kinney. Lash currently keeps himself busy as a producer. He helped with the production of Death Cab for Cutie’s first two studio albums (Something About Airplanes and We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes).


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  • bruna8D

    its a cruel reminder and its all in my head

    3 Jan 2:33pm Reply
  • kickdrumrobot

    Heatmiser Get Lucky > Daft Punk Get Lucky Although I love both songs of the same title, Seriously, Get Lucky could've been a huge 90's alt hit! It's too bad they never played any reunion shows before smith's passing.

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    Surprised by how much Neil Gust's tracks are shit on in the comments. I can see how it can be called generic, but this is some of the best and most complex indie rock I've ever heard.

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    "by-the-numbers as generic as they come." Not when they were active, everyone knows modern "indie" lifted Elliott's style and this is no exception.

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Poisonnation

    Elliott Solo > Heatmiser [2] Imo, the best Heatmiser songs were written by Elliott anyway.

    25 Feb 2014 Reply
  • cdax2307

    This band was no very good. Hell, by-the-numbers as generic as they come. Only to gain retroactive popularity once ES got big.

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • heloisaderkoski


    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Elliot Solo > Heatmiser

    19 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Debaser987

    I remember stumbling on Cop and Speeder at my local record shop when I was a kid and cleaning them out of every album they had of Heatmiser within the week. Oh shit, here comes my late nineties nostalgia wave... EVERYONE, HEAD FOR HIGHER GROUND!

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    The ever wearisome, dull presence of Nakkinak.... [2] "fck you and your opnions hurr"

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • killthepopular

    The elliott stuff is amazing but i can do without the Gust stuff. If someone released a compilation LP of all of Elliotts heatmiser stuff i would buy it in a heartbeat.

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • treejay9

    here's my shout out to an extremely under-appreciated 10 top heatmiser songs

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • fergalmc

    The ever wearisome, dull presence of Nakkinak....

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • no_esis


    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • LGesser


    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak


    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • misguidedascent

    I have yet to find a sound system that is capable of playing Heatmiser at the volume I crave

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • crofty191

    Can't believe I considered myself an Elliott devotee without loving this stuff too.

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • laser-eel


    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cakin93

    love themm, rip elliott

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
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