Vitamin Party

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Vitamin Party is a San Francisco/Bay Area "DIY" rock-punk band which formed in 2004. Their style shows influences of lo-fi, indie, post-modern punk with straight forward rock and roll. The band has released an EP and two full-length albums on their own record label Get It Out! Records.

Biography[edit]

Vitamin Party formed in the SF Bay Area in 2004 after the dissolving of the bands City Volume and We're Gonna Fight The Eskimos Next. The band wrote and rehearsed for a full year before recording their first EP Get It Out in late 2005 and playing their first show at a San Francisco house party.[1] The band soon began playing local venues such as Stork Club, Blakes On Telegraph, The Independent and the Red Devil Lounge with other local acts such as Ex-boyfriends, Hottub, Wallpaper, Hundred Days, The Hot Toddies and Bwuh.

In 2008 they released two albums, both of which were recorded by Collisionville's Stephen Pride and mastered by Guitar Vs. Gravity's Ben Adrian. The first album, The Revenge, was released in February and the second album, titled Back On Task, on October 31. Both albums were released on Get It Out! Records. All album art was created by the band with the help of photographer Kirsten Lindquist Campana.

Their music has been featured on the show The All-For-Nots, and their song "Animal Farm" is the opening theme for the online show Animal Trash. Animal Trash has featured a number of the band's other songs, including "I Don't Wanna Know", "End Credits" and "Tiny".[2]

They were named SF Deli Magazine's "Band of the Month" for January 2009 and were also the first runner-up in the magazine's "Best Emerging Artist 2008 Readers Poll".[3]

Drummer Sean M. Carey was voted "Best Guy Ever" in The East Bay Express' Best of the Bay 2009 issue.[4]

The Vitamin Party song "Last Known Photograph" was featured in Punkradiocast's Top 40 countdown of 2010.[5] The song was judged by the listeners of the station for two weeks and placed third with 2,316 votes.

As of October 1, 2010, "Radical Agenda" (the title track of Vitamin Party's latest release), is used as background music for the "Sunny Side Up" Morning show, which airs Friday mornings on 90.7 KZUU out of Pullman Washington.[6]

Band members[edit]

  • Matty Campana - Guitar, bass, vocals
  • Vincent Reeder - Guitar, bass, vocals
  • Conor Thompson - Guitar, bass, vocals
  • Sean Michael Carey - Drums, vocals
  • Henry Matarozzi - Original gangster

New album/hiatus[edit]

On July 4, 2009 Vitamin Party played a live set on 90.7 KALX's show KALX live. Afterword the band was interviewed and revealed that they were currently working on a third album, tentatively titled Radical Agenda, Go!.[7]

On August 14, 2009 Vitamin Party performed at a benefit show to support the all ages venues of the San Francisco Bay Area.[8]

On October 30, 2009 Vitamin Party played their last show before going on indefinite hiatus for personal reasons. In April 2010 the band announced a handful of shows along the west coast of the United States to promote a new EP.[1] In regards to this tour, drummer Sean M. Carey said 'Let the rumors start here, we're going on hiatus again after these shows'.[9]

The Vitamin Party EP "Radical Agenda, Go!" went on sale digitally, July 6, 2010. A vinyl release is scheduled for later this summer.[10]

According to the Vitamin Party website the band has put together a live album compiled of soundboard recordings from a number of different shows. The album is yet to be titled or have a release date, but the band has said it will consist of at least 17 tracks.[11]

Side projects[edit]

Conor Thompson and Sean M. Carey perform bass and drum duties in the band We're Gonna Fight The Eskimos Next (with guitar players Nathan Fritz and Brian James).[12] On March 3, 2010 the band was featured on the compilation album 'Karl Rove: Courage and Consequence (unabridged audio)' a culture jam targeted at Karl Rove's book of the same name. Vitamin Party was thanked on the album.[13]

Thompson and Carey are also featured on the San Francisco natives Ex-Boyfriends new album Line in/ Line Out, supplying back up vocals on the three songs 'Uh-Oh', 'Whiskey Sour' and 'Perfect Ending'.[14] The bands have been friends for years as they formed around the same time and have played several shows together. Colin Daly (singer/guitar player of the Ex-boyfriends) has often said that the song "Pick Up Line" featured on his second album In With, is about the first time he met Sean M. Carey.[15]

In May/June 2011 Conor and Vincent recorded a new album with Ex-boyfriends singer/song writer Colin Daly. The new group called The Philistines debut July 3, 2011 at San Francisco's Bottom of the HIll.

Albums and track lists[edit]

  • The Revenge - Release February 23, 2008[16]
  1. "Vitamin Party"
  2. "Jenny Got Jaded"
  3. "Last known Photograph"
  4. "Animal Farm"
  5. "Endless Conversation"
  6. "Greater than or Equal To"
  7. "Last Goodbye"
  8. "Etc."
  9. "I Don't Wanna Know"
  10. "Lottery"
  11. "Prospect St."
  12. "Your Friends"
  13. "Cigarette Packs"
  14. End Credits
(unlisted track) - "Tiny"
  • Back On Task - Release October 31, 2008
  1. "She's Not the One"
  2. "Hijacked"
  3. "Stepladder"
  4. "Black Armband"
  5. "Pencils Down"
  6. "Wait it Out"
  7. "3 Car Train"
  8. "Over the Counter"
  9. "Breakdown"
  10. "Ghost Note"
  11. "racEcar"
  12. "Robots and Beer"
  • Radical Agenda Go! - Released July 6, 2010
  1. "Radical Agenda"
  2. "Barely Standing Up"
  3. "66th"
  4. "Tempt Me, Tempt Me"
  5. "Lost Her Mind"
  6. "Exit Strategy"
  7. "Oh God" - digital bonus track, not on vinyl
  8. "The Song For Every Occasion" - digital bonus track, not on vinyl

Show history[edit]

  • 11-??-05 House Party. SF, CA
  • 12/03/05 Jacks' Club with Power Plant. SF, CA
  • 03/18/06 Jack's Club with Suicide Shifter. SF, CA
  • 04/16/06 Balazo Gallery with Ninja Academy, The Mormons, Scientician SF, CA
  • 04/26/06 Thee Parkside with Overdrive AD. SF, CA
  • 05/??/06 12 Galaxies with Ex-Boyfriends, Truxton. SF, CA
  • 6/??/06 8th Grade Graduation with DJ Tiny Thompson SF, CA
  • 8/19/06 Jack's Club with 'Vitamin Naughty'. SF, CA
  • 9/15/06 Blake's on Telegraph with the Federalists and La Vendi. Berkeley, CA
  • 9/30/06 Bayview Boat Club. San Francisco, CA
  • 10/13/06 Blake's on Telegraph with Spooky Kabuki Assassins. Berkeley, CA
  • 11/21/06 Sweet Water Saloon with Local Band. Mill Valley, CA
  • 11/25/06 Thee Parkside with Big Blue Whale. San Francisco, CA
  • 12/16/06 Jack's Club with Collisionville. San Francisco, CA
  • 1/11/07 The Stork Club with the Immigrants. Oakland, CA
  • 1/13/07 Kimo's San Francisco, CA
  • 2/02/07 Blake's on Telegraph Berkeley, CA
  • 4/21/07 Blake's on Telegraph with Tragedy Andy. Berkeley, CA
  • 5/25/07 Blake's on Telegraph with BWUH, Buttercream Gang. Berkeley, CA
  • 7/13/07 Blake's on Telegraph with Unko Atama. Berkeley, CA
  • 12/02/07 Stork Club with BWUH and Ghost to Atom. Oakland, CA
  • 12/13/07 Thrillhouse Records with ABI YO YOS. SF, CA
  • 1/26/08 Thee Parkside. SF, CA
  • 2/23/08 Blake's (The Revenge CD release party) Berkeley, CA.
  • 3-39-08 Whiskey Dick's Saloon. South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • 4-12-08 Stork Club. Oakland, CA
  • 5-23-08 House of Shields with the Touques. SF, CA
  • 7-11-08 Retox Lounge with Guitar vs. Gravity. SF, CA
  • 8-8-08 Independent SF, CA with HOTTUB, Wallpaper. OWL Mag B-day party, SF, CA
  • 9-20-08 Pissed Off Pete's with Nerv, Penny Dreadfuls, My Parade. SF, CA
  • 10-31-08 Stork Club with Collisionville and Ex-Boyfriends (Back On Task release party). Oakland, CA.
  • 11-21-08 Temescal Arts Center (acoustic) with BWUH and Collisionville. Oakland, CA.
  • 12-2-08 Red Devil Lounge SF, CA. with Raised by Robots, Greening
  • 1-17-09 Stork Club with Paper Sons, Collisionville. Oakland, CA.
  • 1-22-09 Grant and Green with the Greening. SF, CA.
  • 1-24-09 The Wild Rose with Purple Rhinestone Eagle. Seattle, WA
  • 1-25-09 Dekum Manor with Purple Rhinestone Eagle. Portland, OR
  • 2-21-09 Nickel City with Ego Trippers. San Jose, CA
  • 3-3-09 Bottom of the Hill with My Parade. SF, CA
  • 3-26-09 Grant and Green with The Greening SF, CA.
  • 4-15-09 Stork Club Oakland, CA. with The Knew, Collisionville
  • 5-31-09 Stork Club Oakland, CA. with Craftmatic Adjustables
  • 6-17-09 Henflings Tavern Ben Lomond, CA.
  • 6-19-09 Lounge Underground Monterey, CA.
  • 6-20-09 Q-Bonkers Riverside, CA. with the Maxies, the Retcons
  • 6-21-09 O'Connell's Bar San Diego, CA. with Social Concern
  • 7-4-09 KALX 90.7 Berkeley, CA. ( KALX Live!)
  • 8-14-09 The Uptown, Oakland CA. The Hot Toddies, Hundred Days
  • 8-22-09 Thee Parkside SF, CA. with Ex-Boyfriends and My First Earthquake
  • 9-2-09 Harlot SF, CA.
  • 9-19-09 Stork Club Oakland, CA w/Bwuh and Craftmatic Adjustibles
  • 10-30-09 Stork Club Oakland, CA. Ex-boyfriends, Outroriffagains

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "vitamin party rocks". Vitaminparty.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to AnimalTrash - The World's Best Puppet Show!". Animaltrash.com. 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  3. ^ sponsored by (2009-12-13). "The Deli SF - All about the San Francisco Bay Area indie Rock, Folk and other Music Scenes! + Online Music Charts!". Thedelimagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  4. ^ Bacon, David (2009-07-15). "Best of the East Bay". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  5. ^ "DJing The Revolution". Punk Radio Cast. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  6. ^ http://www.facebook.com/SunnySideUpRadio
  7. ^ "July 2009 Archives". KALX Live. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  8. ^ West, Jackson. "Benefit for Clubs Battles to Save Fun". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  9. ^ VitaminParty. "Vitamin Party (VitaminParty) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  10. ^ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/vitaminparty1
  11. ^ http://www.vitaminparty.com
  12. ^ "We’re Gonna Fight the Eskimos Next op MySpace Music – Gratis gestreamde MP3’s, foto’s en Videoclips". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  13. ^ "Karl Rove: Courage and Consequence (The unabridged audio)". Karlrovebook.net. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  14. ^ "ex-boyfriends". Ex-bf.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  15. ^ 02:54 PM. "Ex-boyfriends - Jinxworld Forums". 606studios.com. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  16. ^ "Vitamin Party | The Revenge". CD Baby. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 

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