Episode 007: Lanemeyer w/ Sean Smith

Lanemeyer was a band formed by my best friend Chris Barker and myself back in 1998 after the Demise of our first band, Congress of Cow which was named after a sexual position we found in a Kama sutra book in the Rockaway mall.

The original line up included Alan Rappaport on guitar and Sean Smith on drums. Through the years we had a revolving door of members that included Rob Heiner, David Patino, Andy Spratt, Brian Fallon and THE Casey Lee Morgan.

We were lucky enough to put out 2 cds, go on 8 tours, have kids sing our songs back to us at shows while being held together as a band by scotch tape. We were basically a ticking time bomb at all times which you will hear more about in this interview.

I loved being in this band. I wanted it to be my life, I wanted to sell out giant clubs and live my life on the road and have thousands of people sing our songs back to us in venues all over the country. Unfortunately or Fortunately however you look at it, that didn’t happen.

I didn’t start this podcast with my band in mind but then I thought it would be cool to actually talk to My Sean Smith about what went right and all of the things that went wrong.

In this interview we talk about:

  • How we met Sean while he was working at HotTopic
  • Chris and myself almost dying after our first practice with Sean
  • Who came up with name Lanemeyer
  • The beginning of the revolving door of guitar players
  • What it was like for Sean to book tours without this thing called the internet
  • The shit show that was designing the cover of Stories for the Big Screen
  • Our first tour
  • Kicking Sean out and then getting him back when we were going to break up
  • The story of Casey wanting to kill Chris
  • How we almost did a Humble Beginnings/ Lanemeyer hybrid band
  • The Brian Fallon era
  • How I had to take over singing all the super high songs that Chris wrote and how I was able to accomplish it
  • Sean’s hidden alcoholism during the last tour
  • How I thought Sean was on his way to kill me after I officially quit
  • And a bunch more

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