Sharp Notes January 06 2001

Jeremy Wilkins of Underwater seriously injured his back while sledding in Atlanta's snow recently. He's just undergone an operation and, like most musicians, has no health insurance. Plans are underway for a benefit concert fundraiser, so if you can contribute your talents, time or money, contact Underwater band member Matthew Jeanes at mjeanes@submarinerecords.com. The band's second album, This Is Not a Film, has just been released.
Mission:Impossible. The X-Impossibles perform live on Georgia Tech's WREK 91.1 FM, Jan. 9 from 10-11 p.m. It's the first event in a busy few months for the band whose new Cargo/Headhunter album White Knuckle Ride is released this week. They also have a song featured in an upcoming trailer from Dark Horse Comics' "The Nevermen." Their official CD release is at the Echo Lounge Feb. 3. The band also plans a European tour in the fall.
Dust to dust. Sevendust, Atlanta's most successful entry into the trendy metal-rap sweepstakes, has just finished an opening slot on the Creed tour. They now promise to show their softer, if not quite more romantic side, on their next album. To prove it, they've already previewed one of the more tender ditties, "Angel's Son," on a tribute disc to Snot's deceased singer Lynn Strait. The band has road-tested some of the gentler tracks, including one lovingly titled "Useless as Tits on a Boar." Makes you feel all gooey inside.
Don't panic! Widespread Panic's keyboardist John Hermann has joined up with the North Mississippi Allstars to record his first solo album, Smiling Assassin, due in March on Fat Possum Records. The full Panic ensemble will reconvene next month to begin recording a new studio album, which will be released through the band's recently signed deal with Sanctuary Records.
The Pleasantdales called it quits after five years with a farewell show at the Dark Horse Dec. 29. All of the band's previous members joined in for a rousing grand finale.