Heatmiser (Elliott Smith) The Music Of Heatmiser

Third Man
6th October 2023

Format Info

2xLP - black vinyl
2xLP - Red / Yellow Sun Splatter Vinyl

Neil Gust and Elliott Smith arrived in Portland, OR together in the summer of 1991 to start a new band with drummer/producer Tony Lash. Within a year of adding bassist Brandt Peterson on bass, they were playing across the West Coast and demoing dozens of songs for their first LP. Six of these tracks were self-released on the cassette titled “The Music of Heatmiser” which was sold at shows, local record shops, and handed out to record labels. The sound of the band changed a lot over 3 LP’s, but this is Heatmiser right out of the gate. New, energetic, excited, moving quickly through styles, totally broke and making it work in whatever way possible. It’s guitar rock, full-blast, through 100 watt Marshall half stacks, when grunge was ascendant in the Pacific Northwest and the Portland scene was exploding. Fast, tight, loud, fun.


1. Lowlife (’92 cassette) 2. Bottle Rocket (’92 cassette) 3. Buick (’92 cassette) 4. Just A Little Prick (’92 cassette) 5. Dirt (’92 cassette) 6. Mightier Than You (’92 cassette) 7. Can’t Be Touched (Cavity Search single) 8. Wake (Cavity Search single) 9. Stray (Cavity Search single) 10. Dead Air (Demo) 11. Sands Hotel (Demo) 12. Mock Up (Demo) 13. Cannibal (Demo) 14. Candyland (Demo) 15. Still (Demo) 16. Man Camp 17. Laying Low 18. Bloody Knuckles 19. Father Song 20. Glamourine 21. Meatline 22. Revolution 23. Blackout (Live on KBOO) 24. Bottle Rocket (Live on KBOO) 25. Dirt (Live on KBOO) 26. Still (Live on KBOO) 27. Candyland (Live on KBOO) 28. Don’t Look Down (Live on KBOO) 29. Lowlife (Live on KBOO)