Last mission to repair the Hubble telescope Hubble space telescope discoveries have enriched our understanding of the cosmos. In this special report, you will see facts about the Hubble space telescope, discoveries it has made and what the last mission's goals are.
For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
win win Winter
By Julie Garisto
Published June 7, 2007
The band: Tommy Simms, guitar and vocals; Evan Walker, guitar; Charlie Curtis, bass; Joshua Greenberg, synths, xylophone, piano; and Derrick Hutek, drums.
Home base: Clearwater.
CD: Here in America (2007).
Newest members: Greenberg, from Mants and Skyline; Curtis, ex-bass player for Side One Dummy Records' the Briggs.
Progressions and digressions: The band's sing-along, tap-along parts play a secondary role to Simms' unconventional molding of arrangements and storytelling.
Simms: "It actually annoys the people I play with because it's not like three measures on the verse. It's like three measures this verse, six measures this verse; okay this chorus goes next a few times. . . . There's a few songs that are very cut and dried, but I like to progress as the song builds."
Songs up close:Doves and Uppercuts tells the true story of a twin falsely accused of murdering his brother.
Someone Like Me "is about middle class life, " Simms says. He wrote it when he was working two jobs and he and his wife were living with her parents after their baby was born. "I needed to make some money to get us out of the situation, " he says. "You'll hear in the song, 'Her worry shows envelopes with tiny windows.' "
Her Favorite Day is a sad song with a sunny pop feel. "I wanted to create an uncomfortableness like the Beach Boys did in Vanilla Sky, " he says of a scene in the movie where the camera cruises around Tom Cruise's distressed character to the tune Good Vibrations.
Statesman inspiration: "I really got into listening to Sufjan Stevens, " the iconoclastic balladeer known for recording CDs themed after U.S. states, Simms says.
Major side project: Juliet Simms, Tommy's sister, who is based in L.A. and has connections to Beck, was signed to Epic Records. Simms contributes heavily to her songs pre- and post-production.
Cute side project: Simms' daughter, Willow, was born Oct. 15.
Check 'em out: At 10 p.m. Saturday with Life of Pi and Clock Hands Struggle at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.