The original members that formed Jeff Buckley's band ("The Three M's," as he lovingly referred to them) were Mick Grondahl on bass, Matt Johnson behind the drum kit, and Michael Tighe playing rhythm guitar.
Jeff met Mick Grondahl after performing at the Post Crypt Cafe at Columbia University in New York.4 A musical relationship formed after jamming together late into the night.
Drummer Matt Johnson and Jeff had done the music for "Dream Brother" the first time they met without really knowing each other, but it just "clicked."5 Matt Johnson left the band after the final date of the Australian "Hard Luck Tour" in March of 1996.
An actor in his own right, Michael Tighe had not been in a band before he auditioned for the slot of a second guitarist for the Grace tour. Michael's acting work can be seen in the 1994 movie Postcards from America, along with his little brother Olmo Tighe. Michael ended up writing the guitar line that spurred "So Real," which was recorded in Los Angeles while on tour. Recently, Michael has appeared in theatrical performances in NYC.
Parker Kindred debuted as the band's new drummer in his only live performance with the band at Arlene Grocery, New York on February 9th, 1997. Parker did, however lay down most of the drum tracks for the Verlaine sessions for My Sweetheart the Drunk in early 1997. Eric Eidel contributed drums on "The Sky Is A Landfill," "Morning Theft," and "Vancouver."
The members of Jeff's band have immersed themselves in projects and bands since Jeff's death. Michael Tighe and Mick Grondahl have toured and played with Elysian Fields. Parker Kindred and Michael Tighe will tour with Those Bastard Souls Spring 1999 to support the release Debt and Departure. Michael Tighe (guitar) and Parker Kindred (drums) are now involved with the band Black Beetle. Black Beetle also features Jeff's former girlfriend Joan Wasser who co-writes the band's songs with Tighe. And Matt Johnson is now a member of Duncan Sheik's band. He appears on Sheik's album Humming and tours with Duncan. Take note of the track "A Body Goes Down," on which Matt Johnson plays. It is a tribute to Jeff penned by Sheik.
"Though both Jeff and Duncan are performing composers, I believe their natural emphasis to be noticeably different," Johnson said. "I often think of Duncan's voice as a vehicle for his compositions, and Jeff's compositions as a vehicle for his voice."
~ Matt Johnson13