Colin Bryce Fraser: “Nobody wants to minister to punks.”
  • Colin Bryce Fraser: “Nobody wants to minister to punks.”

There are two things that Colin Bryce Fraser III would like you to know about him: he would very much like not to be homeless and he and his band Mercury Legion are filming a reality show, Onward Christian Soldier. The premise is simple: Mercury Legion performs and then Fraser interviews the audience. “Do they believe in the Bible? And if not,” he says, “what do they believe in?”

Fraser is handling the shooting. He says he uploads raw content to the show’s producers in Long Beach for editing. He’d rather not say who they are, but he says they have enough rough material in the can for a dozen episodes.

A former member of San Diego’s Deadbolt (he used the stage name Moose Cutter), Fraser admits to having been a “hard-partying animal. Deadbolt,” he says, “was the reason I became a pastor.” These days, he works odd jobs for coin, plays out with his band, and preaches the Gospel whenever and wherever.

When asked how he arrived at his current situation, Fraser’s answer is blunt: “My son was kidnapped.” The child, he says, was taken by his ex-wife. “I spent every cent I had trying to find him.” After Fraser lost his home, he lived in his car until the engine blew, then he junked it and bought a bicycle. The bike bears handmade paper signs that identify Fraser as the Homeless Pastor.

“It’s amazing how many people come up to me,” he says. Other times, Fraser, a self-ordained minister, preaches from the bandstand, as he did during a recent Mercury Legion show at the Shakedown Bar. Why? “Nobody wants to minister to punks,” he says.

Fraser spends much of his time urban-camping in North County. At 38, in spotless khaki shorts, sneakers, and a “Jesus Beat the Devil” T-shirt, Fraser is articulate and clean-shaven. “You’ve got to face homelessness head on, or it will kill you.” Except for his Stratocaster, everything he owns fits into a couple of backpacks. He produces a Sony digital video camera from a pocket. This, he says, is what he has been using to film Onward Christian Soldier. Fraser hopes to save enough money from the reality show (he says he won’t be paid until it airs) and side jobs to be able to start a video-production company and live near his now-eight-year-old son. “I’m trying to earn my way back to Bryce Jr.,” he says.

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mercurylegion Dec. 21, 2013 @ 11:47 p.m.

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mercurylegion May 31, 2014 @ 4:48 p.m.

Hi-I first want to thank Dave for the awesome job he did on this article despite what little he had to work with and secondly, for the kind words he offered me with what little he knew about this project. I personally testify that at the time that he did this article, he knew very little as to what what going on and on my own part (I was not permitted to share any secrets of the trade as the old expression goes) as to what was going on. "Onward Christian Soldiers" was far more involved than the description Dave left in the article but due to his original questioning, there is some confusion about the project. The show Mercury Legion played in which I asked people on tape if they believed in the Lord or not was actually a small segment of the pilot episode yet only constituted a few minutes of that segment. As for the anonymous company, it was in fact not a company at all by the worldwide ministry "The Salvation Army" who are now building an unbelievably huge following with their "Salvation Army Vision Network!" This was kept under lock and key in case this series (a very experimental and risky one) fell apart (which it sadly did due to unfortunate pressures from legal teams claiming to protect the identities of the homeless individuals I was profiling! As for the claim that I stated that "my son was kidnapped," the actual quote would have been "in any other court it would have been referred to as kidnapping" due to the extreme pounding in my head by my attorney (legal protection) so I will only assume that such a quote would have been printed in what is referred to as an "accidental misquote." As for myself and Deadbolt, I never signed my name to any contract (especially the infamous Cargo Records contract to which the "Tijuana Hit Squad" CD was sold to Capitol records without my knowledge and to which my attempt to try and sell my album rights (my photo and voice) at a later date was met with some of the most horrific slanders/lies by a specific band member (of which I hold the most amazing e-mail evidence against which can be listed as nothing short of criminal). As for my days in Deadbolt, I still look upon Les Vegas and Third Degree Burns (along with the lesser known Coffin Boy and Jake Mysterio) with good memories irregardless of the nonsensical bickering all bands face in their tenure. As for Rob, I still wonder . . . As for Harley . . . . . . . . . . . .

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