Justin Mauriello

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Justin Mauriello
Justin Mauriello during a sound check in 2008.
Background information
Also known as El Pito Grande, Goldtoof (early years in Zebrahead)
Origin La Habra, California
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock, pop punk, indie rock, electronic rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels Glassnote, In-n-Out
Associated acts Zebrahead, Darling Thieves

Justin Mauriello (born 1975) is the lead singer and guitarist for the alternative rock band Darling Thieves.

Musical career[edit]

Zebrahead (1995–2004)[edit]

Mauriello was a founding member of the band Zebrahead,[1] with lead guitarist Greg Bergdorf and drummer Ed Udhus (both formerly of the band 409), and bassist Ben Osmundson (formerly of the band 3-Ply); they began collaboration through sharing the same rehearsal space, forming Zebrahead to incorporate musical elements of ska-punk and hip-hop, while recruiting rapper Ali Tabatabaee. The band had radio plays of their song Get Back from their debut album Waste of Mind. Their following album, Playmate of the Year, had an associated video aired on Playboy TV. Their third album, MFZB, was named after the Zebrahead fanclub.

Departure from Zebrahead and I Hate Kate/Darling Thieves (2004–present)[edit]

Mauriello left Zebrahead shortly after their 2004 Japanese Tour, and was replaced by Matty Lewis. Mauriello had founded the band Darling Thieves, (then I Hate Kate), while still in Zebrahead, and it became his main focus; Darling Thieves released their first album Embrace the Curse in 2007 (As "I hate Kate", the band was later renamed after Justin's ex-girlfriend threatened a lawsuit), with music videos for the singles from the album: It's Always Better and Bed of Black Roses. A second album, Race to Red, was released in 2010, with music videos released for tracks "Unspoken" and "Free Without You". In 2012, the band's 2nd EP, "The Extended Play", was released. Darling Thieves has been on hiatus since then, while Justin focuses on his new solo EP.

Solo career (2010–present)[edit]

Mauriello has recently released a covers album, entitled Justin Sings the Hits. Since 2012, when Darling Thieves entered a hiatus after releasing their latest EP, Justin has been living in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is working on a Solo EP. The EP, titled "How's Life In California", was released for streaming on Spotify on January 13, 2015.


Darling Thieves


  1. ^ Niesel, Jeff (Jan 21, 1999). "Different stripes". San Diego Union - Tribune. p. 15. Retrieved 2 August 2011.