Recently, I came across a video online of The Chariot playing Yanni Depp at Purple Door. If you know anything about The Chariot, you know they put on an insane live show. The last time I saw them was March 2011 on Haste the Day's farewell tour. If you know something else about The Chariot, you might know that Josh Scogin, the lead singer, was previously the lead singer of Norma Jean. This got me thinking about another music act that was a second chance for a musician. Similarly Dallas Taylor, previously of Underoath, now sings with Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. This is Second Act Success Stories.
As previously stated, Josh Scogin sang in Norma Jean. He left the band in 2002, giving up the microphone to Cory Brandan Putnam. Putnam was in a few bands before taking the reigns of Norma Jean, including Eso-Charis and Living Sacrifice. Scogin was only featured on one of Norma Jean's album, their first one, Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child. This album failed to chart on Billboards Top 200, and only has a 46% rating from Absolute Punk, while 39 ratings on iTunes has it listed at 5/5 stars. I personally like this album and recommend it for it's intended audience. Shortly after the release of this record, Scogin left the band and started The Chariot with musicians around his hometown of Douglasville, Georgia. In 2004, The Chariot released Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead, and Nothing Is Bleeding on Solid State Records, which was home to Norma Jean at the time. While that album never charted on Billboards Top 200, War and Rumors of Wars(2009) reached 112 for one week. Concurrently, Norma Jean has been thriving with Putnam, with the 2008 release of Anti-Mother reaching 4 on Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums and 29 on their top 200.
The story of Josh Scogin and the success of The Chariot mirrors that of Dallas Taylor and his current band Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Taylor was on three Underoath records before departing the band. Two were released by Takehold Records, those being Act of Depression and Cries of the Past. The last record Taylor was on was The Changing of Times(2002), released on Solid State Records. In 2005, Maylene released a self-titled album on Mono Vs Stereo, with no showing on Billboards Charts, though on iTunes, based on 71 reviews, it currently has 5/5 stars, and is on sale for $5.99. After three more albums named II, III and IV, all released on Ferret Records, they've shown some appearances on Billboard's charts, including 9 on US Hard Rock and 71 on the Top 200 for their album III. Underoath has continued to produce chart topping music, peaking at 2 on the Top 200 with their 2008 album Define the Great Line.
This has been the first installment of Second Act Success Stories. What makes these two cases unique is that all four bands are still together and making music. In the future, this is going to be hard to replicate. What won't be hard is finding musicians who jumped ship and found a buoy in the form of a new band. While I have a few bands in mind, I'm always open to suggestions.