Keef West was driving north on Interstate 5 approaching Everett, WA, early Christmas Eve morning in 2011 when he spotted smoke and brake lights ahead. As traffic crawled forward, West could see flames leaping from The Storehouse, a storage facility just off the interstate where the drummer once rehearsed for his gigs with the Seattle punk band Aiden and other groups.
“I literally had moved my drum set out about a week before that and knew everybody in there,” West recalled. “I started calling everybody and they thought I was kidding. I said, ‘No, you need to call Phil (the manager) right now because your stuff’s on fire!” It was heartbreaking.”