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Published on October 10th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Thieves Target Heyrocco’s Tour Van While in Chicago

On October 4, Charleston-based rock trio Heyrocco were up in Chicago for a recording session at Audiotree and a Movers & Shakers gig at the Elastic club. Guitarist/singer Nathan Jake Merli, bassist Christopher Cool, and drummer Tanner Cooper performed well, but their stay in the Windy City didn’t end up so positively. Thieves drilled a hole in the lock on the band’s van passenger door and helped themselves to gear and personal items. As of this week, nothing has been recovered.

“They grabbed drum hardware, a bass rig, a keyboard, some personal luggage, my iPhone, and Tanner’s money and clothes,” says Merli. “Shit really sucked for a minute there.”

The band posted a notice on their Facebook page announcing the theft and urging fans and friends to support them through a week-long online sale of new demos on their page. They recently released seven self-recorded new tracks under the album title Greatest Hits of the ’90s (a.k.a “Shitty Demos”).


“We had a lot of people help by buying the ’90s demos,” Merli says. “We’re putting together a list of the gear we’re missing. We have a lot of shows ahead of us the rest of the year. We’ve been wanting Chris to get a new bass rig anyway, and the other gear isn’t very easy to identify. I think we’ll be okay. It could have been a lot worse.”

Merli and his bandmates traveled from Chicago back into the Southeast this week for a string of shows. They’ll do an in-store set at Horizon Records in Greenville at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, followed by a late-evening set at the Slaughter Haus in Clemson the same night. On Sat. Oct. 12, they’ll share the stage during the closing day of the Fall For Greenville festival in Greenville.

Heyrocco will share the Pour House stage with Nashville/Mississippi indie band The Weeks on Sun. Oct. 13 before heading back out on the road for shows in Savannah, Columbia, and Raleigh. Look for them back in town at the Royal American on Wed. Nov. 6.

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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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