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- Blurt: "R.I.P., Stimy" · Jan. 12, 2011
Influences: Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu
Inch was a seminal punk-influenced early-to-late nineties San Diego band. After recording three full-length albums, they played their final show at the Casbah.
In the mid-to-late eighties, singer/guitarist Michael Steinman -- aka Stimy -- attended a private school on Mount Soledad called the La Jolla School, as well as UC High, where he formed the band Sub-Society. He also played with local bands Congress of the Cow, Lakeside Orchestra, and Brass Knuckles.
Stimy, a former Live Wire bartender, passed away on December 30, 2010, at the age of 37.
Inch cofounder and bassist Jeff Reese (Underminer) moved from his previous home shortly after Stimy died. While clearing the house — and explaining to his young son, who regarded Stimy like an uncle, “that people are so much more important than things” — waves of delayed grief hit, causing him to grab a cherished wedding picture of Stimy and leave. “I hung [it where] I’m living now. I can see Stimy’s smiling face whenever I want...hear his voice, too.... All I need is to listen to...songs he wrote...he’s here.”
Bassist and co-founder Jeff Reese reports that he lost his home to foreclosure over the first week of January 2011.