Showoff (band)

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Showoff
Showoff 1999.jpg
Showoff, 1999
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Pop punk
Punk rock
Ska punk
Alternative rock
Years active 1997–2002
2005–2006
Labels Maverick Records
Pacific Ridge Records
Members Chris Envy
Dave Hyde (Envy)
Daniel Castady
Nate Thruman (Envy)
George Castady
Past members Graham Jordan
Kyle Lewis
Nick Piljay
Magoo
Carl Kusch
Lance Tamras
Mickey Molinari

Showoff was a pop punk band from Chicago, Illinois led by vocalist (and auxiliary guitarist) Chris Envy.

History[edit]

Showoff was formed in 1997 in Villa Park, Illinois. The band consisted of Chris Envy (a.k.a. Chris Messer/Chris Dalle-Valle) (vocals/guitar), Daniel Castady (drums), Graham Jordan (guitar), and Dave Envy (a.k.a. Dave Hyde) (bass). In 1998, Showoff signed with Maverick Records while it was owned by Madonna. Their self-titled debut album was released the following year in 1999, and was produced by Goldfinger's John Feldmann. The single "Falling Star" reached No. 36 on the Billboard Modern Rock charts that same year.[1] A few line up changes occurred over the years. Magoo took over guitar duties from Chris, who then focused solely on vocals. Dave and Graham left the band to be replaced by Nick Piljay and Kyle Lewis.

Showoff disbanded c. 2002, following a change in ownership of the label from Madonna to Fredrick DeMann. This restructuring, along with increasing friction within the group, led to the dissolution of the band without any indication of reforming. They left an unreleased album with producer Mark Trombino.

In late 2005, Chris Envy re-formed Showoff with all new members. They included Nate Envy (aka Nate Thruman), (lead guitar), Carl Kusch (bass), and ex-August Premier Mickey Molinari (drums). Rhythm guitarist Lance Tamras was added shortly thereafter. They recorded and released Waiting for you, an EP that was produced by Marc McClusky. Showoff broke up again in late 2006.

Chris is no longer in a band, Nate is in the band The Get Go. Daniel is now in The Fold. Mickey is playing in Danger is my Middle Name and Dave has multiple independent projects, the most recent being The Penis Bitches, The Honky Punks and Jesus Fucking Christ and the God Damn Its. Dave is currently running Riotous Records, a small record label, with his wife Alluvia and also ghostwrites, produces, records and mixes songs and albums for artists worldwide at all levels of success. Carl is now playing in a cover band called He Said She Said in the Chicago area.

2014 Reunion[edit]

In late 2013 Chris, Dave, and Dan officially announced they were going to start playing shows again in 2014. The three are the only original members in the lineup. Rumor has it that Graham and Magoo both considered returning but ultimately turned it down. With the core of Chris, Dave, and Dan, they are currently booking shows all over the country. When asked if they would continue as a band beyond reunion shows Dave said (via a live Facebook Q&A) "I am hopeful we can continue as a band as long as the people will have us". He also touched on subjects such as new Showoff recordings, full tours, new merch, etc., stating that "everything is on the table" and that he "wouldn't rule anything out at this point".

Touring[edit]

Showoff toured with several acts, including but not limited to:

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label Format Other information
1998 ...Around The Corner Fudge Is Made Self Released LP First Album
1999 Red Tape Self Released EP Second album
1999 Falling Star Maverick Records Single Single
1999 Showoff Maverick Records LP Third album
2003 Wish You Were Her... Maverick Records LP Unreleased
2006 Waiting For You Pacific Ridge Records EP Fourth Album
2008 Waiting For You Pacific Ridge Records EP Re-issue with two bonus tracks

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