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Her Next Friend: Bio

Her Next Friend

Next friend, in British law, the phrase used for a person who represents in an action another person who is under disability or unable to maintain a suit on their own behalf.

This disability arises from infancy or mental incapacity, consequently every application to the court on behalf of an infant or a lunatic must be made through a next friend (prochein amy, proximus amicus). Previous to the Married Women's Property Act 1882 it was also usual for a married woman to sue by a next friend, but that act, allowing a married woman to sue in all respects as a feme sole, has rendered a next friend unnecessary in her case.

In the case of an infant the father is prima facie the proper person to act as next friend; in the father's absence the testamentary guardian if any; but any person not under disability may act as next friend so long as he has no interest in the action adverse to that of the infant. A married woman cannot, however, act as next friend. An infant defends a suit, not by a next friend, but by a guardian ad litem.

In the case of mental incapacity, a person sues by their committee, but if they have no committee, or if the committee has some interest adverse to the claimant, they sue by next friend.

A next friend has full power over the proceedings in the action as if he were an ordinary plaintiff, but he is not entitled to be heard in person.

Alex Kuldell - Drums

Alex is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Meyer, Virginia and played in the Army Fife and Drum Corps. He is also a former member of the celtic band Scythian.

John Rapoza - Bass and vocals

Before moving to DC, John lived in Boston, MA where he played and/or recorded bass guitar with a number of bands and singer/songwriters, including Fire in the Boathouse, Meghan Toohey, Union Label, Amelia White and Katie Terrio. John also played in the pit orchestra for the Boston Rock Opera’s 2000 performance of Jesus Christ Superstar which featured a who’s who of the Boston music scene: Gary Cherone (Extreme), Valerie Forgione (Mistle Thrush), Peter Moore (Count Zero) and John Surette (Boy’s Life).

John Burton - Guitar and vocals

Burton has performed and recorded with Forever Goldrush, The Aggro Drivers, godsize, Chicken Biscuit and Anonymous Brave. He is also a former officer in the U.S. Army.

Ariel Francis - Keyboards on Disaster Casual

Anthony Novak - Drums, May 2005-July 2006

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., Anthony began playing drums at age seven. That same year, he was also run over by a parade float. The two events may or may not be related.
Anthony spent the next few years playing along to his older brother’s Rush albums, then started doing live shows at around age 17. He’s been involved in some kind of musical project ever since.
He earned his live stripes sitting in with all kinds of bands in the Pittsburgh area, playing rock, pop, jazz, country (!?!?), show tunes, blues, metal, hip-hop, soul, and R&B. He then spent four years as a member of the Nixon Clocks, a popular regional band that came dangerously close to landing a big-time record deal. While playing with the much-missed Clocks, Anthony earned the title of Best Drummer in Pittsburgh in 1992.
“Every time I play, I still feel like the seven year-old kid playing the drums that I was when I started,” he said. “Simply put, I am more in my element behind a set of drums than anywhere else on the planet. This is followed a close second by being around a pool table.”

Aric Miller - Bass and vocals, February - October 2005

Aric was born into a musical family, the son of a composer/organist mother and an engineer/harpsichord builder father. While growing up in Crofton, Md., he began singing in choirs as a small child and picked up his first stringed instrument, a cello, in the third grade. At age 16, he and his cello joined a band called the Loafers. He switched from cello to bass around the same time the Loafers were becoming the Sauce and nusicians like Eric Avery, Phil Lesh, Dave Townsend, and Frenchwoods were becoming his strongest influences.
While studying economics in Boston, Miller had the honor of playing with Adela Place. One summer, he contributed to the prolific Haulers, and acquired his best buddy, Arrow, a musically-inclined shepherd mix.
During college, Miller’s interest in jazz, funk, and Latin beats heavily influenced the sound of his own band, the Swells. That group succeeded at the tricky task of fusing surf rock and jazz, a combination that to this day remains one of Miller’s favorite musical recipes.
Following college, Miller lived in Wilmington, N.C., where he devoted most of his time to surfing, but also found time to work with a funk-cover band that never got off the ground.
In pursuit of wealth and to further his education in economics, Miller moved to Arlington, Va., where he eventually found Her Next Friend.

Patrick Rankin - Drums, October 2004-April 2005

Patrick was born in the house his father built. He grew up in several different places, including New Jersey, Germany, Massachusetts, Maine and Orlando—his father was in the army. He got into music at an early age while sharing a room with his older brother, Cheap Trick and Kiss in particular. As a child, he constantly beat on things with his mother’s knitting needles and wooden spoons. As a first grader, he sang “Rock and Roll All Nite” on the school bus to drown out his fellow students’ rendition of “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” Patrick didn’t get a drum kit until he was 15, but he had played in school bands off and on before that. A C- student with sub-1000 SAT scores and no extra-curricular activities, he realized that music was the only career choice open to him. He studied at the Atlanta Institute of Music and launched his career as a professional musician. He has played in wedding bands, on cruise ships, and with the original rock bands Painting Churches (Atlanta) and Animal Head (New York). He has toured Japan. His primary influences include Keith Moon, Matt Cameron, John Bonham and Steve Jordan. He quit playing professionally after being fired from a disco band for making fun of a manager who promised they would all get rich. The only logical step after that was to enter politics. He is now writing speeches for a senator. The rest is history.

Joe Parsons - Session Drummer (EP)

Joe has played with a number of highly acclaimed bands in the metro DC area, including the High Llamas, Love Nut and Myracle Brah.

Kevin Neimond - Session Bassist (EP)

Kevin has been an active member of the Washington, D.C. music scene for several years. Currently playing with the band Grizzly, Neimond brings in elements of funk, jazz, and fusion to create his driving rhythms. In addition to his work with Grizzly, Kevin has appeared on studio projects by several local artists.

Shannon - Session Singer (EP)

Shannon, a noted singer/songwriter, plays in the greater Washington, DC metro area under the name Shannon Brown.