Unified Theory Unravels
Unified Theory, the band formed out of the ashes of Blind Melon, has called it quits, with bassist Brad Smith blaming a sudden lack of chemistry for the demise.Unified Theory, the band formed out of the ashes of Blind Melon, has called it quits, with bassist Brad Smith blaming a sudden lack of chemistry for the demise. In a post on his official Web site, the artist writes, "In the past eight months the band's focus became hazy at best. I, personally, was frustrated during the attempt of writing the second Unified Theory record."
Early Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen and vocalist Chris Shin joined former Blind Melon members Smith and guitarist Christopher Thorn to form Unified Theory in late 1998. The group released one self-titled album last August via the 3:33 Music Group label, which has sold 16,000 units in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
A spokesperson for the band says the it was in the midst of recording a second album, and that it's "very possible" that the recorded material will make its way to Unified Theory's official Web site. The site will remain a source for news on future projects from the group members.
Currently, Smith is at work on his Abandon Jalopy project, which has released an album dubbed "Mercy" on his Web site. The recording is also available on Amazon.com. A second Abandon Jalopy album is in the works.
"Summit meetings were called, Supreme Courts were notified, beers were consumed, cigs were smoked but the ship would not stay afloat," writes Smith of Unified Theory's last weeks. "We were taking on water, the crew grew weary of bailing and we sung. It was time to move on. The decision to split was made about two weeks ago, although looking back, I think that minds were elsewhere way before that."