Saturday, November 12, 2011

EAT THIS TAPE Release Party: Vampirates, Sucka Punch, The Backup Razor, & Machine Gun Vendetta @ Ft. Ryland Friday December 2nd *ALL AGES

Friday December 2nd 2011

Public Service Punk Rock
Reno, Nevada/Ashland, Oregon

"Then Vampirates played and proceeded to absolutely beat the shit out of each other and simultaniously amaze and confuse the audience with the ferocity of the music and the barroom brawl vibe they have with each other. Bass player loses his strap and takes a knee mid-song so as to finish playing. Singer sees this and proceeds to barrel right into him with his shoulder and then, just in case that wasn't enough, kicks him while he's trying to play. Guitar player sees it and any rational person would go stop this violent mayhem with his band mates. Does he stop it? No, he runs and jumps right into them with the same abandon one would when one cannon balls into a pool. Only this isn't a pool. It's people and they're in your band." - Ryan Stark

Vampirates started in early 2003 with original members Pat Mayfield (bass), Chris Fox (guitar), Eddie Condon (vocals), and Geoff Huber (drums). From the begining we have been very ambitious towards creating the music we love. Staying true to our DIY roots, we played our first show in Pat's dorm room, and continued to play as much as possible over the next few months. Roughly five months after we started, we recorded "Shitpanzimps" with A2K as engineer at our practice studio, which also doubled as a Tofu Factory during normal business hours.

Shortly thereafter, we took a break for summer. During that break Eddie decided that punk rock wasn't for him (or something...), so we enlisted Dave Masud (of Reno, Nevada's Painting Gala/Twice) to take over the vocal duties. This line-up lasted for two shows, until Geoff left the band to move to Eugene where he currently resides and rides his bike.

In 2004 Eddie decided that punk rock was again right for him, and became our singer once more. Dave, being the multi-talented bad-ass that he is, took over the drumming duties, and this line-up lasted for one and a half shows (Chris Tufino played half of a set...).

Dave was busy with Twice and school, so we enlisted Chris Tufino (of Reno's Twelve Gauge Facelift) as our full-time drummer. Our one year anniversary show in Yreka, California, was one of three shows we played with this line-up. Then, Eddie again decided that he needed to pursue something else. In turn, Dave rejoined Vampirates as vocalist.

In the Summer of 2004, the Ashland half (Chris/Pat) moved to Reno so we could write and function as a normal band. What resulted was the self-recorded "Summer Ale EP" and a handful of shows around the area. After summer, Pat and Chris moved back to Ashland for schooling, and we played as many shows as possible throughout the school year.

In Summer of 2005 Pat and Chris moved back to Reno to write a new record, "Muffstache," which finally was demoed and released in 2007.

During 2006, the band remained half in Reno, and half in Ashland. The last of a few original line-up reunion shows in Ashland was recorded and released as our first live record titled "Oh Anal! Live at the LFAG." This was a limited split release with two Vampirates side projects, Edepit and Butthak.

In the spring of 2007, we embarked on the Punish Your Body Tour with Reno's Painting Gala, covering Oregon, Northern Nevada, and Northern California.

In the summer/fall of 2007, we began to write some new material for a new full-length. We also with many great bands including the Adolescents and the Duane Peters Gunfight.

On July 6th, 2008, we entered Pus Cavern Studios in Sacramento record "Muffstache" with engineer Joe Johnston (Deftones, Cake, Cobra Skulls). The CD was officially released on December 13, 2008.

In 2008, we played shows with notable bands such as the Circle Jerks, the Murder Junkies, and Larry And His Flask.

In May of 2009, we embarked on the Punish Your Buick Tour, covering the Southern US. Busy with school and work, Chris Tufino was not able to tour, so Dave filled in on drums. Throughout the rest of the year, we played regionally with noteworthy bands like the Murder Junkies, Static Thought, MDC, Citizen Fish, and Star Fucking Hipsters. Demoing for a new record continued, as well, resulting in the "Here Ya Go EP" (limited to 50 copies) which featured two new songs and four live songs.

In spring/summer of 2010, we ventured out on a four-month US Tour spanning eighteen states, totaling seventy-eight shows. Chris Tufino was again busy with school and work, so, as a result, Dave played drums for the majority of the tour. In mid-june we recorded in Asheville, NC in a basement for a very limited (6 copies) tape-only release titled "2010 Tape," our only release featuring Dave on drums.

In 2010, we have played with famed bands such as Against Me!, Grabass Charlestons, Death By Stereo, Shat, and Static Thought.

For the remainder of 2010, we plan to continue work on new material, and play shows regionally. New releases coming up include the Corruption Of American Youth Volume 2 (Crash Assailant Records), a couple of split releases, and a new full-length.

For 2011, we plan to enter the studio, release a new full-length record, and tour in the spring/summer, again covering the entire US.

Sucka Punch
Reno, Nevada

All we go. Sucka Punch started in 1996. A full bio would take more time than they care to write or you would want to read, so here it is in a nutshell. Mike, Brian and Bun were in a punk ska band in 1991 called DEADFINGER when the rest of us were in flannel, listening to Nirvana and pretending we never really liked heavy metal. Pierre moved to Reno in 1996 and hooked up with the band, who decided a new name would compliment the new line up. Horn players Cody Forcier (trombone) and Chris Ferrari (sax) were recruited from the local university and the band was born. SP released a 5 song EP (the Super Bun 6000 Prototype") and two full length CD's ("The Proof is in the Punch" and "Bustin Roids.") Following the 1999 release of Bustin Roids, SP caused quite a stir and found themselves sharing the stage with Reel Big Fish, Pennywise, No Use For a Name, Good Riddance, Anti Flag, 7 Seconds, The Suicide Machines, Guttermouth, Youth Brigade, the Blue Meanies, MU330, and a few stints on the Van's Warped Tour. SP spoke with a few labels that expressed interest in them based on the number of CDs which sold and charted on Soundscan, but for one reason or another, no deals ever materialized (except one with Santa Barbara's Fishbowl Records, which released "Bustin Roids"). SP songs were featured in T.V. comercials (yeah, no shit) and on numerous compilations including one from Dill Records. Chris (a political science major) left the band to get Governor Guinn elected, Cody (a music major) went on to earn a Masters in Music Education and is now a band director at a local middle school. SP wrote and released a self-titled record in 2004. The original members, Mike, Brian, Pierre and Bun have appeared on every Sucka Punch record, so no matter which one you have, the sound is authentic and true to formula. They are best friends and in many ways a family. The band went on hiatus in 2006, when Brian announced unexpectedly that he was moving to Oregon to be near his family. Mike, Pierre and Bun auditioned a few guitar players but decided without one of the four core members, the band was not the same so they placed the band on hold. Now, in 2010, Sucka Punch is back to it's original form, horns and all, with guitarists Dave Masud and Chris Fox filling in Brian's shoes. Watch for shows whenever we can find the time to rock!

The Backup Razor
Punk Rock
Santa Cruz, California

With many groups including The Avengers, The Nuns, Mutants, The Offs, and the Dead Kennedys having built thriving careers out of northern California, the Bay Area is no stranger to Punk Rock. Abundant in arts and culture, it makes sense that local geography continues to birth an unstoppable, underground movement abundant in Punk.

Included in the mix is Santa Cruz’s “The Backup Razor”, an eclectic group fueled by a love for “what they do” and propelled by a mission to keep the local music scene alive. Front-man Jesse Williams is the voice behind the band, supported by Nick Hardesty on guitar and Jeff Badagliacca on bass.

Driven by a genuine passion for expression, TBR has a resume that would put some of the most tenured bands to shame. Sharing stage with literally hundreds of artists including Cattle Decapitation, A Band Of Orcs, Decrepit Birth, Vampirates, The Athiarchists, Lonely Kings, Static Thought, Verbal Abuse, and many more. After conquering the stages at myriads of venues the rebel quartet has become an established entity across the region as a member and driver on the local scene.

“If you’re trying to make an impact, it’s not enough to make music and hope that something is going to happen,” states Ed Fassio, founder and President of Itchy Metal Entertainment – a Los Angeles-based indie music label who knows a thing or two about staying active. “Live performance is one part of it, but equally important are your community affairs and industry associations. The Backup Razor is a prime example of true involvement. IME is as much concerned with finding great music as we are at finding great people that perpetuate the movement. In TBR, we’re very fortunate to have found both.”

Fassio was introduced to The Backup Razor through Gruesom Grimp, a fellow Bay Area musician and manager of Itchy Metal Artist, A Band of Orcs. Always keeping an eye out for great additions to the growing label’s artist and partner community, Grimp spoke highly of the band’s showmanship and contributions on the local scene. Shortly after, he provided links to their material which sparked both interest and curiosity.

Regarding TBR’s vocalist (Jesse Williams), Grimp adds, “I always call him one of the hardest working guys in Santa Cruz. [As a partner in music] he’s one of the best we’ve had.”

Itchy Metal’s rapid expansion is due in-part to a strong community of artists bonded by a love for music, appreciation of art and dedication to make a difference. It was natural that both IME and TBR culture would be instantly compatible.

“There is a perfect combination of elements at work here,” adds Fassio. “Along with great music, we’ve found a very strong music activist and keen business group. That’s a great foundation for future success.”

The Backup Razor plans multiple projects with Itchy Metal which include some well strategized release plans, promotion and performance opportunities. Fans can expect great, original things from this new combination.

Machine Gun VendettaPunk/Rock
Reno, Nevada

Machine Gun Vendetta was started in January of 2004 by four kids in a garage in northwest Reno. Since shortly after, MGV has been playing and supporting the local scene of the Reno/Sparks area for nearly seven years with their ferocious, punk rock intensity.

They've played in almost every bar and club in the Reno/Sparks area and have played many places in California and Las Vegas. MGV has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many great bands such as 7 Seconds, Guttermouth, The Freeze, The Adicts, Dr. Know, The Casualties, Krum Bums, Time Again, The Flatliners, Cobra Skulls, Knockout!, and more.

MGV pours their blood and sweat in practicing hard and playing shows hard, and truly enjoy music itself. Influences include Anti-flag, 7 seconds, Against All Authority, Bad Religion, Pour Habit, The Unseen, Subhumans, Guttermouth.
Their unique punk rock sound has gained them many fans in their hometown and all down the west coast. MGV loves to play on stage, and they wanna play for you, so go to a show!!

EAT THIS TAPE RELEASE PARTY - 12/2/11 - Vampirates, Sucka Punch - Ft. Ryland 2000 - 243 Ryland St. - Reno, NV - $4 - ALL AGES - 7PM

Eat This Tape - Out December 2011 on Cassette
01 - Good Neighbor Policy - Come And Take Me Now
02 - Media Blitz - I Don't Believe
03 - Gnarwhal - Terminate (Instructional Video)
04 - Benedict Arnold - Bound And Determined
05 - Vampirates - Eat This Song
06 - Larry And His Flask - Blood Drunk
07 - Tater Famine - Stampede
08 - Lie Still - Persuaded By Comfort
09 - The Athiarchists - Sheep
10 - Static Thought - By The Threat
11 - Trigger Effect - Fiiiiiiight!
12 - Dun Bin Had - Writings On The Wall
13 - Die Mutts - Fucked Up World
14 - Hit Me Back - The Wait Is Over
15 - B.A.C. - Invader Skies
16 - Melvin Makes Machineguns - Our Own Way
17 - Think Twice - Pay For Death
18 - Third Seven - Monochromatic
19 - Head Panic - Riot Punch
20 - Edepit - Nice Lady
21 - Let The World Die - MI 884
22 - Ape Raper - Q.M.D.
23 - Heavenly Oceans - Experienced Lover
24 - Thee Icepicks - The Yeti
25 - Jackson - Whiskey
26 - Beercan! - Beercan!
27 - Voted Best Band - Voted Best Anthem
28 - Mike, Tyson, and Tommy - Things Will Never Change
01 - Seveneyes - Starving
02 - Number Nine Hard - Today
03 - The Homeless People - Desire And Despair
04 - K.G.B. - Who Do You Hate?
05 - Machine Gun Vendetta - The Fundamental Figment
06 - Shitty Fucker - Pirate Hooker
07 - Animalitos - Colors Of Sound
08 - Painting Gala - Saturday Night
09 - The Backup Razor - History Is Prologue
10 - Barefoot Surrender - Forgot My Name
11 - The Keith Moon Ketamine Extravaganza - Basic Human Rights
12 - Calling Cadence - Get Up
13 - Lesdystics - Intent To Reconstruct
14 - Killing Solves Everything - Killing Solves Everything
15 - The Riptide Bandits - High Noon Heist
16 - Shanty Vamps - Obvious Things From The Other Side
17 - STuDZ - Straight Razor
18 - Deadeyes - Nicola
19 - Konami Code - Bury Me In Plastic
20 - Twelve Gauge Facelift - Faceless Mask
21 - Blorgalakt - Inaguration Of Priapism
22 - Sucka Punch - Bad Cop, No Donut
23 - Dead Cat Lounge - How To Start A Riot
24 - Butthak - Buttwolf
25 - Effword - Bambino Lupo
26 - Doomed To Exist - Evil Evil Weevil Beetle
27 - Uncle Touchy - The Sensual, Yet Forbidden Pleasures Of The Ladyboys Of Thailand
28 - Weird Science - I Have A Love-Hate Relationship With The Internet