Although Jaja Swab was thrown together all on one afternoon, it has lasted longer than anyone thought it would.
It was expected (even by members) that the band would play a show or two, and fall apart... this was not the case.
Alex Smith knew of another band at the school he attended that was called The
Vigilantes (formally Clearly Blind) and while asking around, discovered that
they planned to play a small concert at Tri County High School. He talked it over and received permission to open for
them; the only problem was that he wasn't in a band. He mentioned it to John Brooks several days later and asked him
if he was interested in starting a band while they were jamming together, and he was very excited about the idea.
Immediately other possible band members began to surface. Other musicians were
not even considered, it was known right from the start that Alec Wilson would play bass guitar, and his brother
Jon would drum. Of course they agreed to the idea. The only problem now was the lack of a singer. John
Brooks suggested Mike Todd, another friend from school, and Mike was invited in.
Now that the band was formed, the real work began. Jaja Swab was not known by anyone (and went under the band
name Iron Blimp because of their love for Led Zeppelin),
and none of the members had ever seriously played together, meaning they didn't know any songs at all. The band managed
to put a small set list together, enough songs for an opening act, and played the gig. It went great, and it was obvious
that the band would be staying together.
arose though. Soon it became apparent that Mike was having a difficult time making it to practice, and was not fully committed
to the band. Distance continued to grow between him and the rest of the band until he was finally unanimously voted
out by all of the other four members of the band. Alex Smith and John Brooks now sing in Mike's place.