Originally Hemlock began in the Spring of 1991 in San Diego as a four piece band. Vocalist Nathan Westwood and bassist Rob Truman previously had been in a band called Malice that played around San Diego. Bill had just started drumming in a band called Radio Wendy and Chris was currently playing in Fishwife, having just released their first record in 1990.
The motivation behind the band was mainly just because we
were spending so much time hanging out together anyway. In addition to
this, Hemlock became an outlet for different musical ideas since we all
were involved in other musical projects. As Rob left the band shortly
after its inception, we were short a bass player. We decided that the
simplest solution would just for Nathan to learn how to play. Initially
this limited the complexity of songs we could write but soon things got
In typical band fashion, we called it quits after a bunch of bickering. Chris has gone on to play in several other touring groups including Tanner, No Knife and for a short time with Rocket from the Crypt. Bill has been drumming with Short Wave Channel, Camera Obscura and most recently Freedom for Saturn. Nathan has hung up his bass playing and music making in general for a simpler, quieter life.