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Best Jam Band St. Louis 2008 - Messy Jiverson

On the surface, Messy Jiverson seems like your average jam band. Dudes with beards? Check. Ridiculous band name? Check. Lots of wah-wah guitar? Check and mate. But appearances are deceiving, as the six-piece hits that sweet spot that so few jam bands manage to find: an allegiance to the groove abetted by topnotch musicianship. Led by a barrage of vintage keyboards (and, yes, plenty of wah-wah guitar), Messy Jiverson finds a riff and manages to squeeze every last drop of joy out of it. And while hippy-dippy noodle dancers are certainly welcome to the party, the band's ability to pump out the disco-funk jams brings a certain verve to the music not normally produced by six white boys.

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Mike Gordon
Mike Gordon

One year later...Messy Jiverson is still the worst thing god has even put on this earth.

New Kid
New Kid

You talk too much, and you eventually were heard by the wrong person. And in the end, it's only sadness that surrounds you.

Nugget Nate
Nugget Nate

Brahs. My name is Nugget Nate. Recently I was kicked down one of your albums by my most epic brah Sunny D. I listened to it straight through over a fifty times while on the road. Then I felt that I had to stop listening to it...BECAUSE IT WAS SO GOOD!

I put it up for good on my kind kickdown shelf right next to my heady crystal singed by Murph. I only allow the most headiest kickdowns on my epic kickdown shelf. Your album is one of them. Other stuff on my kickdown shelf include: a tissue once used by Bob Weir, half eaten bean burrito thrown away by Warren Haynes guitar tech, and a used condom from Zion Goudchaux of Boombox. I've been told that my kickdown shelf is the most epic thing this side of the Mississippi.

Moving on to the musik! Its so heady. I've been on the road since I was born, parents had me on GD tour. Been seeing shows since I was a newborn and actually pinned by the GDF when I was 7 1/2. That was probably the most important day of my life. But I'm trying to say that I've seen a ton of music and this band is the best. Well minus by boy Jerry.

LOVE THIS BAND AND I LOVE BEING HOMELESS! GDF & MESSY 4 LIFEZ.

-Nugget

Pat
Pat

never heard of these guys, but saw them on youtube. they suck so bad... seriously... youre living in a fantasy world, ur not goin anywhere..

bye

Waterfall Sunrise
Waterfall Sunrise

Hi everyone! My name is Waterfall Sunrise. I am also GDF. I was pinned by an older head named Mountain Sunrise while on Boombox tour. He gave me the name I have today. In fact, I actually shared a needle with Zion that night. It was magical and I will never forget it.

But, I don't understand the hatred. Love one another. Share food. Share happiness. Share needles. It all makes sense. Like Jerry said, "When the music hits, I feel no pain." Jerry really opened up my eyes to music. Thats why I feel such a connection with Boombox. Jerry channels Zion. Its scary to see sometimes. But this gets me to my point. Messy is great. Leave them alone. They are almost as good as Boombox. Thats saying a alot.

Thanks,-Waterfull Sunrise, GDF

Bucky Walter
Bucky Walter

Hey Messy, This is Bucky Walter I am t00ns agent. I will be coming to a gig soon and if I like what I see you might have a record deal coming. I represent such stars like Sneed, Electric Sammy, and Deep Banana Blackout

messyhound
messyhound

Messy is a drug addicted loser band, this gang of reject 'musicians' should have their instruments torn away from them. Last time i saw messy there were these tree thuggers in the bathroom tying off, what a scummy scene. Everyone was puffing mad deemz, that is probably why they all enjoyed the music that much. Their Hep C infested hoes are the nastiest bitches in STL. KILL YOURSELVES KANGOTS

Phish Phan
Phish Phan

Why all the hate I really enjoyed the only time I saw them. I wish I didn't miss the last show over Thanksgiving. Something refreshing in the St. Louis jamband scene, finally. Hopefully I will be able to catch the next show.

Grateful Dead Family
Grateful Dead Family

I really enjoy music and I am in the GDF. GDF is the Grateful Dead Family for those of you who don't know. I was pinned a couple years back on the STS9 lot before they blew up by an older head named Sunflower Sunshine. He was a great dude but got popped by the fuzz a couple months back for kiddie porn. But I digress.

The real reason I am writing this is because I think Messy is a great band. This is spoken from a true GDF. You should see all the stuff I've been kicked down. And I really feel that Messy is great. Who cares if everyone is dosed out of their mind or rolling their faces off with a fist full of molly up their butt. (PS: THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT). Granted I'm not much older than the crowd they bring, I'm only 24. But Jerry would find that scene great man. Jerry was the man! I really miss him a lot. Theres not a day I don't think about the fat man.

Well as you see Messy is a really great band. Anyone who can bring together a group of unemployed drug dealers and underage drug addicts should commend themselves. Messy should totally go on tour, I would for real follow them. Maybe we can even start our own MJF. But I would miss Jerry. So I probably shouldn't.

The GDF is just family. I mean family brah. I really see Messy phans as family. But I mean not GDF family. Theres only one GDF. We love Jerry. But Messy is great. I don't really know any of their songs. They don't have lyrics so its hard to tell if they are even playing songs. But they are just so heady brah. I mean so heady. Love live Messy and all their phans and Jerry.

Peace, Love, Kindness, Happiness, Spirit, -Bonny BongjuiceGDF

Hippies Suck
Hippies Suck

I went to see this band last week in hopes of finally deciding for myself if they were great or all hype. I really enjoyed Public Property, they're a great band with a passion and a reason. As I waited for Messy to play I couldn't help but look around and see all of these loser hippie teenagers looked way drugged out.

All of the stereotypes of this band are exactly true. Everyone is trying to look like a gangster hippie while "slanging" drugs. One dirty looking loser actually struck up a conversation with me and then later told me he had to end if because he had to work. I asked him if he was with one of the bands, he said, "Oh no, I've got to do some selling" Then he asked me if I wanted any rolls. WOW. Is that what people consider work? I couldn't even believe that actually happened to me.

Moving on to the actual music. At first I thought that Messy was ok and fun to dance to. But then everything sounded the exact same. Nothing changed except for the people who continued to throw molly down their throat, they enjoyed it. But not myself, I found them horribly boring and talentless. In fact, one person had previously said, it sounded like two robots having sex. I finally had to left after I was offered free doses and heard the exact same riff played for the 700 time.

Lastly, I heard that Messy only plays a limited amount of shows which is great. The less these guys play the better. I can't stand anything they played the entire time I was there or the drugged up hippies who like them. Everyone involved in that scene, including the band members, need to get a clue and go get a job because that isn't the real world. I personally will never go see that band again nor will I let anyone of my friends even speak of there shitty band.

Sleezy Kleezy
Sleezy Kleezy

I saw these guys last night and was very impressed at how tight the guys played together as a band. if anyone has an ear you can tell that their sound is solid, just as their skills as talented musicians are solid. The new tracks were hot and had the place moving. it takes a lot to translate that much creativity into sound. it is not something that everyone can do, so you have to appreciate their talent. the only negative thing i can say about the show is how late they went on stage. although the place was packed, a lot of the crowd left soon into the show because of that reason. other than that it was another great performance from the band who keeps pumping out fresh sound. thanks gents.

anon
anon

Saw them last night, while they CAN play, the music sucks. Soulless, repetitive, and generic 80s riffs. It was just annoying. I agree with some of the drama on this board. The place was pretty packed, but it was the same people who go to schwag shows. Lots of hippies and friends. I got offers for chocolates, doses, and molly throughout the night. Good place to go if you wanted some drugs, get very intoxicated, and listen to crappy music, i guess.

clean
clean

Messy sucks, its a shame they are getting any type of reward.

However, I must thank them for providing a good place to get all kinds of party supplies. Its funny how they are all older but their girls are all 18 and think they are cool because they get wristbands and can dance like hos and be peace loving hippies.

Oh yeah, dont buy molly from these guys, some of it is pure poison. Or any of the schwag "phamily". Put a buddy of mine in the hospital.

stlconcertperson
stlconcertperson

The only reason these guys have an audience is because a bunch of dumb underage wannabe hippy kids sell drugs at the show and are part of the schwagstock scene AKA trashy high school drug free for all stock.

Messy and The Schwag are nothing but drug dealers that like to bang raved out zombie teenagers.

Thomas Florence
Thomas Florence

congrats Messy. furthermore, i see how you can compare STS9 to Messy Jiverson. they both can be lumped into a broad jamband category and both are similar because they do not have vocals. but overall i think they sound different and have different influences.

if anyone has anything negative to say about this band or any other band, feel free to let us know where we can listen to your band's music.

ryan c
ryan c

duuuddddddddeeesssss. there are a million hate mails on this page. to think its all from the same dude is ridiculus. i think they deserve this award, they could have played more shows thoruhout the year to get more respect from people who only have seen them once. but honestly pin all the hate on one dude u guys crazy. see u all after thanksgiving. free pineapples to all who dont bring this up ever again.

sexdrugsandmessy
sexdrugsandmessy

Ryan got his panties in a bunch all cuz he got caught. HA! How freakin' awesome. Can't wait till' 11-28... No reason to beef with Mikey Dubs over a lil' spilled milk (or puke in this matter). Ryan, you have done a lot worse than puke in someone's apartment, which was a stupid thing to cry about any ways. You showed the kind of person you are just by attempting to slay the honor of these dudes. Lying, hating, contradicting, and skeeting around gets you nowhere in life. Just take a lesson from your fellow Hindus and wait for the karma to come full circle. WHAT YOU GOTTA SAY NOW?????

Balls
Balls

Big ups to Messy J!

60 commentsBest of the Best of!

AHAHAHA... silly haters.

Ryan Leer
Ryan Leer

70.246.141.217

There is my IP address. Try to make a match.

Put up or shut up.

Ryan C
Ryan C

actually no. I hate this situation you guys are putting me in. I have told u me and my friends dont have time post or blog. I dont even kno what that means. now u are forcing me to contradict myself. None of these comments even resemble any talk that my friend ryan leer spits. hes given me his word i beleive im giving u my word u should believe me. The whole reason i joined this scene is to get away from bullshit drama like this. spend ur time doing anyting else. I love working for u guys and hope that this doesnt get in the way of anyting i just have to keep it loyal to my poeple. flatbill wearing messy repping Ryan C.

Ryan Leer
Ryan Leer

You have spent a lot of time barking up the wrong tree. If you want to talk to me about it rather than just speculating you are more than welcome. This is the first and only post I will make here. I have no problem with the band and have attended several shows. I have a problem with you Mike and you know that, so address that instead of trying to make me the scapegoat for all of your issues. Thank you.

FLAT BILLY
FLAT BILLY

Woah, I didn't log in for a week or so, Sorry I've missed all the fun!!! I was gonna tell the #1 Messy Hater to quit hiding and post his name, but now that he's not posting anymore I think he's nailed. YO kid, ryan, I don't know who you are, but I will gladly let you know what color Flat Bill I will be wearing b4 the show. This way if you wanna come shower me in your hateraid you can feel free. I mean you've already made fun of me and all my freinds enough on here. We are fans, not the band. Don't type about us again. Listen, I've tried to not snap as you've belittled my closest friends, so you should thank me. Just to let you know we have no hate in our hearts I hope to see you at the next show... maybe I'll even let you dance with some of the beautiful Messy HOs! Typed slander does nothing except make you look sad and foolish. Speak to our faces or not at all... we are waiting.

Messy Jiverson for Life.

-Messy Family-Flat Billy aka BIG HERM

Feedback
Feedback

One more thing, Ryan. I'm sure it's ironic to you to point out that you've given this webpage a lot of publicity. I wouldn't doubt it if the RFT comes out with a cover story on these guys now!

If nothing else you've helped facilitate some great positive feedback from their fans. As a huge supporter of the band, I'll say Thanks, brah!

Feedback
Feedback

Messy Hater: People in this scene know who you are, so don't even try to cover your ass. And the word is spreading fast, because the garbage defamation of character and slander you have dealt this group has angered a lot of individuals close to them. It shows pure ignorance that you think you can get away with this. Even if it wasn't completely obvious who you were, you should know that the I.P. Address (computer ID#) of your comments is available to all and has been matched to your facebook profile. There is no doubt that you need help, but if I were you, I would discontinue your actions immediately before legal action is taken against you. And by discontinue, I mean never come with this B.S. on a public forum EVER AGAIN. This won't be the last award they receive, because they are determined people. Determined to move people, not determined to hate people. Plus their music is extraordinary and powerful.

Ryan. You don't know the band members. You are not friends with any of them. But you have been a part of the crowd that you Hate. And even though you have also shat on us Fans, we want to help you (I can't speak for everyone, though - you've said some terrible things...). Please come to their next show so we can make a more conscious effort to demonstrate to you how we party together and celebrate life. We want you to be happy, Mr. Leer. Or you could just avoid this scene forever, maybe that's a better idea for your own good, and everyone else's.

Congrats, Messy J. I can't wait for Thanksgiving Weekend! We'll all be back home and ready to throw down all over the floor.

Peace! And this time I really mean it!!!

Dusty and Busty
Dusty and Busty

First of all I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS to my homeboys! What a great year for you guys!

Alright all of you cold-hearted haters...LISTEN UP! The men of Messy Jiverson are a talented crew. They are dynamic...if you knew anything about them you would know that Messy isn't the only thing on each of their plates; boys bust out all different styles.

Secondly, Messy doesn't project hate toward you at their shows, so why you gotta hate on them??? Why are you stickin' around and postin' all these lame-ass messages? It sounds to me like a sad cry for attention. Very sad.

And those of you who hate on the crowd at the shows...if you've been there, YOU are a part of their crowd. They have a fun, young and old, hippie and conservative, sexy and silly, GREAT crowd that comes out to their shows. And just cuz you couldn't get laid the night of their last show doesn't mean you gotta project your sexual frustration to all of Saint Louis. Get a life yo!

On the band members' personal style...Who cares if JC wears a flat bill, or if Nate's got a hipped-out ponytail, or if m-dubs wears a sweatband! At least they are pure individuals with minds of their own. They kindly welcome everyone to their shows-they are stoked for the people- and you gotta point out petty-ass shit like a head piece. WOW! Musicians are artists and artists are about self-expression. Let 'em be man.

And to the guy who has a chain of several comments on this page that tends to add "s-o-n" to a lot of words...give it up. It's pretty obvious that one person is writing many of these hater comments, just under different names. What a terrible hiding technique.

Alright, well I might be feeding the fire, but it just really puts my panties in a bunch to hear that people out there can be this hateful to not only to a great group of people but a group of very talented, original musicians. And if really have something you would like the band to know-tell them to their face. They would love to hear feedback whether negative or positive. It will just help them grow as a band.

And if any of you haters would like to have a kind word with me, I'll be the one screaming loud and obnoxiously, dancing my ass off, drinking like a fish, and thoroughly enjoying myself on NOVEMBER 28, 2008 at the Old Rock House. 9pm sons.

Thanks Messy for freshening up the St. Louis music scene. I love you guys!

TreysTestee
TreysTestee

Those dudes blow... you can't even understand the lyrics. Worst singers ever! That acoustic guitarist is a joke, learns some licks dammit.... The horn section is weak, too.

Abowl4me's Brah
Abowl4me's Brah

Everyone knows Abowl4Me is that straight gangsta messiah when it comes to jamband music and if he likes then band then they are probably OFF THE CHAINZ.

ABowl4Me
ABowl4Me

Yo....these guys are THE SICKNESS. I have a corner of my kickdown shelf dedicated to these mofos. Last time I saw them I was straight thizzin' out to their sick beatzzzzz yo. Dopeness. I'll make sure to shoot these cats a distinct look next time they are in Chi town. Straight reppin' the Rev!

p.s. Anyone need to rent an apartment in Chizzle?

Wook #17
Wook #17

Jonas Brothers > Messy Jiverson

Fan of Music
Fan of Music

The jam scene died after John Popper stop being fat. Long live the Horde Festival.

Phizzl
Phizzl

messy jiverson is one of the stupidest, names, bands, group of people i have ever seen. everyone should avioid this band. these guys are some no talent assclowns. You guys should move to antartica, open up a flatbill making warehouse, play your SHHHHHIIIIITTTTTY music and fuck off for the rest of eternity. please please stop playing music.Oh yea and by the way there are more comments on here saying u guys suck than there are that say you play well. Take a hint!!! fags

Antelope Greg
Antelope Greg

The jamband scene died with the Spin Doctors. Get a clue people. LOVE LIVE LITTLE MISS CANT BE WRONG.

slabhart
slabhart

Jamband? Is this 1998? Get over yourselves.

Pathetic
Pathetic

You people are pathetic. That is all.

Jambander
Jambander

I would rather see Kang playing Nershi's skin flute then these flat billed wannabe gangsters play music.

Messy Fan
Messy Fan

I'm a very close friend to many members of the band. I would like to remain unknown so my friends do not get mad at me. I love them to death but don't really have the heart to tell that how I really feel about their music. Truthfully guys, its not all that great. I sit back at your respective houses, watch studio jams, and go to your shows and tell you that you guys are great. I tell you all you're going to blow up and be the next big thing, but I only tell you that because you are my friends. I don't mind your music, but I find it extremely talentless and bland. You think that you are inventing some new and fresh music but you're really not. I just don't have the heart to tell you to your face because you guys are trying so hard and putting out shit. Please get better guys so I can really be excited about going to your shows and partying with you guys.

FunkThompson
FunkThompson

Wow... funny comments section.

I'd just like to say, as a Madahoochi fan, that St. Louis has a phenomenal music scene and congratulations to Messy for wresting the crown from the champs this year.

I think this only fair, Madahoochi is one of the best acts in town but eventually new blood has to be recognized - they win every year folks will start wondering who it is they are paying off ;).

I've only caught Messy one time, it was a decent show but I have little to truly judge them by.

heyhey
heyhey

messy is amazing....if you like shitty music, that cannon guy cant play for shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

real muzik
real muzik

MESSY FUCKING SUCKS....HEAR THIS, MESSY FUCKING SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

Messy Peniserson
Messy Peniserson

I live in Denver Colorado, I listen to music all of the time. This band does not produce music. They are all talentless awful musicians. Ive seen them play a bunch. Saw some of these losers with the ghost robots, wow...how miserable of a night did these fags make me have. I wish the utmost worst for everyone in this band. "You each bleed your craft". well you craft sucks, homos. grow up, please stop making music. the rft sucks and now im not going to read it anymore. SCREW YOU LOSERS, and you dumb sluts that follow them around.

MCK
MCK

Nashville loves this group, what am original act!

Mr. Loansbill
Mr. Loansbill

Signs your band is doing pretty good in 2008:

-- Haters on internet message boards make fun of your hat.

--'Jamband fan' takes a long awaited opportunity to bust out a gay-robot analogy that he came up with one night while not having sex with anyone; male, female, robot or otherwise.

-- Winning the RFT Best Jam Band award.

Congratulations fellas and remember, the underage hoes of the world spend billions of dollars a year. Keep it coming.

Mr. Anonymous Source
Mr. Anonymous Source

This is the most ridiculous message board I have ever seen. I think it really went as far as condemning people's taste in headwear.... You know how you always that the music scene in Saint Louis is so weak? I think it has something to do with the unbelievable lack of community among musicians and music lovers in this town. The people putting up the negative posts are obviously enough a part of the "jam" community to have seen a MJ show or two, you'd think they'd have enough class to keep their mouth shut, even if you don't like this particular band. It only strengthens the argument that our town's music scene is weak.

I'm happy to see a band like Messy get a little recognition from the RFT. The momentum they are building is pretty much undeniable and the sound is pretty unique. Maybe they'll get big enough to hire meat-grinding-robot-boy as a stylist someday...

(CLOSER: Utopian vision for the day)= Hopefully someday musicians in STL will support each other a little more, and bring each others groups of friends and fans together to really build a viable music scene in this town. That's how it works.

Anyway, congratulations on the apparently meaningless award. Who gets to keep the statue?

B

Brahski Bill
Brahski Bill

Messy Jiverson is the worst band in the history of the world period. PERIOD. The only people that think they are decent are the underage drugged out uneducated hippies. Get a fucking clue you losers. This is the real world. Cut your hair, take showers, and go to school. Without this uneducated group of loser hippies, Messy Jiverson would be nothing. Drugs are bad, hippies are worse, and Messy Jiverson is the absolute worst band ever. Please everyone avoid listening to this band or worse actually going out and paying for this drug crazed hippie gathering. Hey wake up people, this isn't 1969, and being a hippie isn't cool anymore. But, I digress. This band Messy Jiverson is the absolute worst. They're almost unlistenable. I would also like to add that the guys in Messy Jiverson are known for dealing bunk molly. Dont buy drugs from these guys. There shit is bunk. This is straight from a DEA agent. In conclusion, Messy Jiverson is the worst band in the history of the world. I can't think of a worse band to ever listen to. They remind me of two gay guys banging each other with tire irons dumped in acid. They are fucking horrible. That is all. Thank you very much.

Alpacca
Alpacca

I had never heard of this band until I read the RFT. Nice sound, gentlemen. I'll be at your next show for damn sure.

One.

John Leroy Carpenter
John Leroy Carpenter

Thank You RFT, and St.Louis for this recognition in our first year as a band. We are looking forward to bringing you the jams again soon.

Peace Everybody.JLC

Trey
Trey

Phish is back and I really want Messy Jiverson to open for us the entire tour. Would the guys call me at 1-800-TREY and we will set everything up. AWESOME.

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