the origin of the jenova project as near as i can figure it was
fall 1997. aaron, woody, and i lived in the same dorm at the university
of massachusetts. we had been talking about forming a band for
a couple of years but with aaron on the road and no drum set to
speak of, there was no “band.” in september of 1997,
aaron moved back onto campus and into the bunker, a bizarre house
built into the side of a hill with a serviceable but unheated
practice space in the garage/basement hybrid. we bought this shitty
cb700 drum set from this guy we knew, grabbed my shitty peavey
amps, and started practicing. later we added steph on a bunch
of songs playing a variety of instruments, and also tapped ben
for his vocal skills. we mostly played covers, which included
songs from failure, qotsa, blinker the star, gvsb, and many others.
we also played video game covers, which is why you are here reading
this. if memory serves, we did songs from final fantasy
vi, final fantasy vii, mega man 2, castlevania 2, castlevania
sotn, contra, metroid (the same version the minibosses
still play), and, yes, super mario brothers.
we played a series of shows at parties around town under a variety
of different band names. sometime in spring of 1999 we just sort
of stopped practicing. there was no break-up or anything, we just
years passed. the minibosses kicked some ass.
in june of 2004, we decided to give it another shot. sherv bought
a guitar and learned to play it with a little help from the taskmaster.
we put together a short set of final fantasy covers for magfest
3.0, officially reviving the band. yay.