If you’ve ever played in Eureka/Arcata, California, you probably know Nick Stoiber. He plays in a band called Komatose.
You probably think of Nick Stoiber as the guy who went out of his way to help out any band traveling from or to California by means of Washington or Oregon. Maybe you think of the guy who had a considerate vegan meal waiting for you and your bandmates which you appreciated (even if you weren’t vegan) – the guy who lived at a house adorned with so many show flyers of other bands he helped out in a small, close-knit community.
He’s that dude to Brain Tumors, at least. He’s only guy from Portland to Davis, CA that agreed to help us and our 30 year old van out through a maddening and treacherous journey down the coast. He set up an excellent show at his house.
Nick was recently involved in a street altercation where a man was stabbed and died. While I don’t know the whole story, one thing that is clear is that Nick punched the man in the lip and a person he was with committed the stabbing and has had their charges brought down to “involuntary manslaughter”. Nick worries that he will not receive the same mercy and will made an example out of – a warning for other dangerous no-gooders. Or whatever bullshit people want to use to further their political agendas.
I don’t know Nick through and through, but I know him in the sense that he did something really selfless by setting a show up for us, feeding us, and giving us a place to stay. Add that to the fact that I’m against the prison system in the first place, and you’ve got a cause to do something decent with your dumb day.
All you have to do is write a letter. Long or short, handwritten or typed – it doesn’t matter. Whatever it is, anything describing how he helped you could prevent him from sitting in prison, then struggling with housing and employment for the rest of his life.
I know a lot of bands that Nick has helped out and I have reached out to them, but there are so many bands I do not know. So please, if you remember any of your friends doing a West Coast tour, direct them here.
If you have a letter, send it to us at teenageimpotents @@@@ at GMAIL