The band originated in Portland, Oregon in 1992 and consisted of Neil Gust, Elliott Smith and Jason Hornick (who attended college nearby and had played in a high school band with Smith). Harnick's time in the band was brief, probably due to academics,and soon the band was just Gust and Elliott. In clubs in nerby Northampton, the pair would perform original songs as well as covers of songs by Ringo Starr and Elvis Costello.
After being graduated from Hampshire Smith and Gust returned to Portland and have started reconfiguring the band into the line-up it is known for today: Elliott Smith (guitar, vocals), Neil Gust (guitar, vocals), Brandit Peterson (bass) and Tony Lash (drums). However, Brandit
Peterson stod in the band not too long; he was asked to leave by the other members. Sam Coomes was brought in to play bass into the last albums recording (Mic City Sons) and on tour. Tony Lash was brought in to play drums. In the late 1994 he left the band and was exchanged to John Moen (later of The Decemberists). But even those changes have made no positive effect - in the fall of 1996 the band broke up.
Elliott Smith later dismissed the group's music as "loud", and his own singing on their first album as "an embarrassment". Smith also bemoaned that being in Heatmiser changed the songs he was writing at the time into "loud rock songs with no dynamic". Heatmiser also frustrated the members of the band. In an interview, Smith recalled:
"I was being a total actor, acting out a role I didn't even like. I couldn't come out and show where I was coming from. I was always disguised in this loud rock band. [In the beginning] we all got together, everyone wanted to play in a band and it was fun, then after a couple of years we
realized that none of us really liked this kind of music, and that we didn't have to play this way. You didn't have to turn all these songs you wrote into these loud... things. It was kinda weird – people that came to our shows, a majority of them were people I couldn't relate to at all. Why aren't there more people like me coming to our shows? Well, it's because I'm not even playing the kind of music that I really like."


Heatmiser - Dead Air album art Heatmiser Dead Air (Album) Frontier Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Heatmiser - Cop And Speeder album art Heatmiser Cop And Speeder (Album) Frontier Records Australia 1994 Sell This Version
ADV 31062-4 Heatmiser - Yellow Number 5 / All Souls Alive album art Heatmiser / The Blackeyed Susans* Heatmiser / The Blackeyed Susans* - Yellow Number 5 / All Souls Alive(Cass, Album, EP, Promo) Frontier Records ADV 31062-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
Heatmiser - Mic City Sons album art Heatmiser Mic City Sons (Album) Caroline Records US 1996 Sell This Version
none Heatmiser Live 1992-11-21, Edgefield (November 21, 1992)(18xFile, MP3, 192) Not On Label (Heatmiser) none US Unknown

Singles & EPs

none Heatmiser - The Music Of Heatmiser album art Heatmiser The Music Of Heatmiser(Cass, EP) Not On Label none US 1992 Sell This Version
CSR 7 Heatmiser - Sleeping Pill / Temper album art Heatmiser Sleeping Pill / Temper(7", Single, Ltd, Num, Blu) Cavity Search CSR 7 US 1993 Sell This Version
CSR 2 Heatmiser - Stray album art Heatmiser Stray(7", Ltd, Num, Whi) Cavity Search CSR 2 US 1993 Sell This Version
CSR 25 Heatmiser - Everybody Has It B/W Dirty Dream album art Heatmiser Everybody Has It B/W Dirty Dream(7", Single, Ltd) Cavity Search CSR 25 US 1996 Sell This Version
Heatmiser - Yellow No. 5 album art Heatmiser Yellow No. 5 (EP) Frontier Records US 1994 Sell This Version