Jonathan Lindsay, Jake Peetz

Don Kearns, Chuck Hess




JONATHAN – Bass and Vocals

 Lemmings 040 (1)

Gear: Heidrich Fender-style basses, Gallian Kruger amplification
Musical Influences: Came of age in the 80’s in rural Maine and tapped into whatever metal scene was there at the time, still love hard rock and new wave from that era.  Influences come in all forms musically including The Police, Rush, Interpol, ska punk and reggae and contemporary hard rock, prog rock and pop.
No’s: Guns, Leaf blowers.

JAKE – Guitar and Vocals


Birthdate: Sagittarius

GearFender Strats; Vox AC15; variety of stomps (shoes and pedals); Yamaha Clavinova

Musical Bio: Started playing piano at age 6 years, began guitar at age 13 – primarily self-taught, but influenced by many.  Sang for my High School Concert Choir and a select madrigal A Capella group named ‘Meistersingers’. After joining the Air Force in 1987, I played lead guitar and sang in various bands throughout my travels to include: Silent Reply, Split Decizion, and Stagefright. Now that I am retired from the Air Force, I am happy to return home to Western Washington, and to plant new roots in Olympia, WA…and very happy to be a Lemming!!!

Musical Influences: Tom Petty; George Harrison; Joe Walsh; Peter Buck; James Taylor; Bonnie Raitt; George Lynch; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Rob Halford; Sting; Linda Ronstadt; Nina Gordon; Aretha Franklin.

Top 5: (always subject to change with my current mood) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedoes; Eric Johnson – Venus Isle; Nina Gordon – Tonight and the Rest of My Life; Heart – Desire Walks On; Rush – Hemispheres.

Yo’s: Olympia! Being retired from the military; my job at The Evergreen State College; locksmithing; vintage Porsches; riding my bicycle (everywhere); the beautiful pacific NW; cool rainy weather; coffee; Mariners Baseball; Stagefright; Lemmings!; starting new projects.

No’s: Intolerance; being the boss; Mississippi; the fact that (Bickendorf) Germany is so far away; hurricanes; breaking a string on a ripping solo; hot muggy weather; flying; I-5 traffic; finishing projects.

DON – Guitar and Vocals


Photo by Chantay Anderson

Birthdate: 12/4/56
Musical Bio: Been playing guitar since age 15. Self-taught. Played guitar, harmonica and sang vocals in the bands: Steel Aura (mid 1970’s-we broke up before ever really got started!) and Escape (late 70’s early 80’s Virginia). NewSong worship band (guitar and vocals) 2002-present—yes, I moonlight at my church!
Musical Influences: Albert King, Kim Simmonds, Muddy Waters, Joe Pass, Peter Frampton, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend, The Kinks, Leon Russell, Duane Allman…the list goes on.
Top 5: Led Zeppelin II, Humble Pie Live at Fillmore, Allman Brothers Band Live at Fillmore, Savoy Brown-Street Corner Talkin’, Rolling Stones-Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out.
Yo’s: Politics, sports, non-fiction books, AMC and Showtime, Pacific NW-rain or shine.
No’s: Closed minded and negative people, rules I don’t agree with, dogs that bark incessantly, remembering to do stuff, being told I need to turn my amp volume down.

CHUCK – Drums


Photo by Chantay Anderson

Birthdate:  Cancer

Gear: 7 piece Pacific Drums by DW with Sabian Cymbals

Musical Bio: Started playing percussion instruments in 1982 with the guidance of a couple of very strong drummers. Bought my first set of drums in 1984 with money from my paper route and started teaching myself how to play by listening to my Walkman and banging away to the beats. My neighbors and I started a band soon after called Cazh (shortened and modified version of it’s “cas”ual). We played a few local high school and church functions around Olympia and Lacey. Also played in a couple of bands (Dr. Feelgood Jones and Company and Canyon) doing old 60’s and 70’s tunes with guys that were twice my age. Still love to put on a set of headphones and try to make the walls shake for all they are worth.

Musical Influences: The Police; Van Halen; Rush; U2; The Clash; The Sex Pistols.

Top 5: Van Halen – I; Rush – Moving Pictures; The Clash – London Calling; The Cars – The Cars; Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill.

Yo’s: Motorcycles; hunting, camping and fishing with my kids; working on cars; home improvements; watching movies; shooting; Dean Koontz books.

No’s: Bad drivers; taxes; anti-gun laws; lack of common sense.