What: Underground Metal Showcase

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Where: Studio 18, 20 County Road 5364 in Farmington

Cost: $3

FARMINGTON — Twenty-four-year-old Everett Jim from Thoreau says his journey in the musical world started when he was a baby and his family would listen to all types of music, from country to rock.

Then, when Jim was in high school, some of his friends would bring guitars to school. Watching them play Metallica songs inspired Jim to purchase a guitar.

Jim practiced all the time, to the point that he stopped studying, causing him to have to make up a few of his sophomore year classes. Nevertheless, he graduated in 2008.

After his graduation, Jim said he had nothing to do, so he began to focus on his music and formed Shadow Remain.

Shadow Remain is one of many Four Corners area metal bands that will be playing at Studio 18 in Farmington as part of the Underground Metal Showcase.

Studio 18 has a show each month where patrons can see local and national bands. Brandon Tsosie, the owner of Studio 18, said he felt that the local bands needed more exposure.

"You can't really know how they sound when you hear them on YouTube," Tsosie said.

So Tsosie contacted some of the local bands he knew and asked them to play in the studio's August show. Shadow Remain was one of six bands that decided to come play at the showcase. The band has been performing for five years and, while it is a Four Corners area band, it has had national exposure.

Everett Jim of Shadow Remain will be playing at Studio 18 in Farmington on Friday.
Everett Jim of Shadow Remain will be playing at Studio 18 in Farmington on Friday. (Courtesy of Facebook)

During the band's first show, Shawn Michael Perry, a well-known musician and music promoter, saw the performance and arranged for Shadow Remain to play in Anaheim, Calif. After that, the band added many performances, from playing at the New Mexico State Fair to opening for the BulletBoys.

"That was a performance we won't forget," Jim said of the BulletBoys performance.

Many of the band's upcoming performances will be in southwestern Colorado and the Farmington area. Today, Shadow Remain will be playing at 6 p.m. at Pongas in Durango, Colo., with Morbid Justice, a Durango metal band.

Shadow Remain's music reflects the members' heritage, including the history of the Navajo people.

Jim said the cultural side of what they do and what their ancestors went through is explained in the band's music.

"Distinction" and "Unsung Heroes" are both songs written about the Navajo's past. "Distinction" tells about the long walk, an 1864 deportation of Navajos in which the U.S. government forced them to walk 13 miles a day at gunpoint from their current reservation to Fort Sumner.

"Unsung Heroes" opens with the voices of Navajo Code Talkers, people who used Navajo as a means of secret communication during wartime, and Jim said it is dedicated to all of the fallen veterans.

For Jim, "Unsung Heroes" has a personal touch. His great-grandfather was one of the code talkers. Jim said he was fortunate to get the opportunity to know his great-grandfather.

"I used to chop wood for his house," Jim said.

Spending time with his great-grandfather taught him about the after-effects of World War II and how, even after the war was over, the U.S. government was unable to recognize the sacrifices the code talkers had made.

Like many code talkers, he suffered from nightmares and turned to alcohol until he met his wife and learned about Christianity.

"Christianity just helped him get through his life," Jim said.

Before he died two years ago, he taught Jim important lessons that still stick with him, such as avoiding alcohol and not doing anything he'd regret.

"I have never taken a sip of alcohol in my life," Jim said.

That has left him with a clear mind to develop Shadow Remain's mix of hard rock and metal. However, he said it is very different than the music of the other Four Corners area metal bands.

Jim said a lot of the bands have deep, guttural vocal techniques and scream a lot. Jim was unable to do that, so he sings clear and strong throughout the songs, using techniques he picked up from listening to country and rock as a child.

His great-grandfather encouraged Jim to pursue his dream.

"Music is my dream," he said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.