Primer 55

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Primer 55
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres
Years active
  • 1997–2003
  • 2007–2015
Labels
  • Island
  • KEG Management
  • Family for Life Records
Associated acts
  • Soulfly
  • Murder the Flesh
  • Killer In the Workplace
  • Love Said No
Members
  • Bobby Burns
  • Grover Norton
  • Darren Walling
Past members
  • Josh McLane
  • Mike "Jr." Christopher
  • Kobie Jackson
  • Jason "J-Sin" Luttrell
  • Preston Nash
  • Heath Shaw
  • Joey Busciglio
  • Donny Polinske
  • Joshua Toomey
  • Sergio Alemar

Primer 55 was an American nu metal band which formed in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, in 1997. The name originated from the combination of Primer, meaning "something that's unfinished," and 55, which refers to Interstate 55, "the road that drugs run on to get to Chicago through Memphis". [7]

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History

Formation and early days (1997–1998)

Primer 55 was formed in 1997 in Memphis, Tennessee by guitarist Bobby Burns and vocalist J-Sin. The two met when J-Sin's previous band was the opening act for Burns' previous band. [7] Burns' heavy metal music influences and J-Sin's hip hop influences melded to create the band's rap rock sound. [8] Bassist Mike "Jr." Christopher and drummer Josh McLane were then added to complete the lineup.

Record deal, "Introduction to Mayhem" and "(the) New Release" (1999–2002)

After releasing an EP on the independent label Propellant Transmissions, Primer 55 signed a contract with Island Records and reissued the EP as their debut album, Introduction to Mayhem on January 25, 2000. The remixed and reconstructed album features appearances from Incubus turntablist Chris Kilmore and Hed PE frontman Jared Gomes. [8]

The band toured with Biohazard, Slipknot, Machine Head and Dope before scoring a slot as a second-stage performer on the Ozzfest 2000 festival tour. Then, in September 2000, Primer 55 toured alongside Soulfly, downset., and Slaves on Dope. [8] [9] During this time the band experienced several line-up changes, a pattern that would continue on through the recording of their next album and beyond. [10]

On August 14, 2001, Primer 55 released their second studio album, (the) New Release . It went to number 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and No. 102 on the Billboard 200. The album's single, "This Life" peaked at No. 37 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. [11] After the album's initial success, it was suddenly shelved by Island Records. Burns told PureGrainAudio, "The album was out 2 months then 9/11 happened and we got lost in that shuffle that was going on in NY at that time." [6]

Despite having their album shelved, the band embarked on "The $12 Riot Tour" on October 31 with Dope, Skinlab and Society 1. [12] The next year, Primer 55 performed as the opening act at the 2002 Gathering of the Juggalos in Peoria, Illinois. [13]

Hiatus (2003)

In 2003, the band went on hiatus after struggles with record labels and internal issues among bandmates. Burns joined Soulfly, a band he'd met while touring with Ozzfest 2000. He toured the world and released four albums as the band's bass player. J-Sin would unfortunately battle alcohol and drug addiction, with Burns later describing him as not "in any shape to tour or anything like that for a really long time." [6]

Reformation and "New American Gangsters" (2007–present)

When Soulfly went on hiatus in 2007, Crash Music contacted Burns, inspiring him to reform Primer 55 with J-Sin and join fellow Crash Music band Love Said No. The "Crash Music Metal Crusade Tour" took both bands out on the road together in late 2007 [14] and the band released the EP Family for Life , a collection of previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2002, on November 6. [15]

At an early 2008 performance, rapper Donny "The DRP" Polinske attended a Primer 55 performance in hopes of interesting Burns and J-Sin to guest on a track for his solo album. After only three weeks of touring, however, J-Sin was forced to exit the band due to poor performances and costly antics caused by continued drug and alcohol addictions that would eventually land him in rehab. While J-Sin was replaced temporarily by Heath Joyce, a longtime friend of Burns, [6] [16] officially The DRP would become Primer 55's next vocalist, performing with the band at the 2008 Gathering of the Juggalos alongside 2 Live Crew, Ice-T, and Twiztid.

In 2009, Primer 55 released the song "Flexin'" with an accompanying music video. [17] A full-length album titled New American Gangsters was in the works [18] until January 2010 when Burns fired all of the other band members. [19] Later that year, the band's MySpace page announced that J-Sin had returned to the band, yet the band also resumed recording and performing with The DRP. [20]

In early 2012, Primer 55 began playing acoustic sets through the midwestern and southeastern United States after Burns was inspired by watching old MTV Unplugged performances by bands like Nirvana and Korn. [21] In 2012, As Seen On TV was reissued under the title The Big Fuck You, with bonus tracks.

Primer 55 went on indefinite hiatus on October 7, 2015 as Burns would work on his band, Murder The Flesh.

On August 10, 2018, J-Sin died at the age of 40 after a longtime battle with Hepatitis C. [22]

During December 2019, there was talk of new shows to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Introduction to Mayhem in 2020. [23]

Members

Final members

Former members


Timeline

Primer 55

Discography

Albums

Album information
Introduction to Mayhem
  • Released: January 25, 2000 (U.S.)
  • Label: Island Records
  • Chart positions: –
  • US sales: 100,000+ [24]
(The) New Release

Other releases

Singles

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