Lexigram is Lexigone. Yerkish returns!
Your eyes do not deceive you. If you've been seeing Yerkish popping up in your Facebook feed, rest easy: It's not some glitch in the space time continuum. Yerkish has indeed returned, and Lexigram has Lexigone the way of the dodo. According to our pal Tim Kaminski, the whole thing comes down to timing and a time-keeper, and the players who rechristened themselves last spring as Lexigram after an extensive campaign to come up with a new moniker have essentially come full circle.
Just like the exodus of drummer Ryan Eschenbach and the addition of Alvin Ramos spurred the name change, so has a similar lineup shift -- only this time in reverse order -- resulted in the retiring of the Lexigram moniker and the rebirth of Yerkish.
"Alvin parted ways with Lexigram in June," Kaminski explains. "All in all, the split was amicable. He was willing to keep playing in Lexigram while exploring some new projects, but the rest of us weren't keen on a part-time drummer who was, admittedly, not really into us anymore. For fun, we asked Ryan if he was interested in 'just jamming' so that we didn't sit idly by while looking for a new drummer, but he surprised us all by echoing some of our own musings that Yerkish re-form. Our contract with Sprint had expired in May, so we were free to switch back if we wanted, and that's what we did."
Sprint, as you might recall, helped Yerkish coin a new handle, by graciously including the band in its All. Together. Now. ad campaign last year, generating some much welcomed national exposure for the act. With those commitments now fulfilled and the outfit's original drummer back in the fold, Yerkish has been brought screaming back to life -- well, "screaming" is perhaps a little generous.