Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

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Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Origin Seattle, United States
Genres Indie rock
Alternative Rock
Years active 2008–present
Labels Dead Oceans
Website Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band on Myspace
Members Benjamin Verdoes
Marshall Verdoes
Jared Price
Past members Matthew Dammer
Traci Eggleston
Drew Fitchette

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band is a rock quartet from the Seattle area. The band features Benjamin Verdoes as lead vocalist and guitarist, Drew Fitchette on second guitar, Marshall Verdoes as the drummer, and Jared Price on the bass. Starting their public appearance with comical PSA videos instead of music they eventually signed with Dead Oceans, released their first LP and started touring North America.


While Benjamin Verdoes, Matthew Dammer and Jared Price had previously performed as part of the locally successful Lujo Records band "In Praise of Folly", Traci Eggleston and Marshall Verdoes are new to the stage. Benjamin, Marshall Verdoes' adoptive brother and guardian, made an agreement with Marshall [1] that the two could form a band if Marshall practised drumming diligently.[2] They gained notoriety through their unconventional beginnings as a band in which they created a buzz with word of mouth advertising and comical PSA videos on MySpace and YouTube featuring band members before making any of their music public.[3]


Their official debut appearance was July 31, 2008 at Seattle's Neumos[4] Where their self released EP "Weepy" was available for the first time. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band signed with Dead Oceans in the fall of 2008 and released their self-entitled first LP with them in the spring of 2009. They toured with Bishop Allen, Cursive, Frog Eyes, Japandroids, The Globes, The Growlers, David Bazan, and Dead Confederate.[5]




  1. ^ "Exit Clov and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band at The Black Cat". The Decider. Retrieved 2009-06-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Introducing: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band". Anthony Carew. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Debut LP Details, Dates". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Introducing :: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band". Adam Nelson. The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band". Dead Oceans. Dead Oceans. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Prehistory". Bandcamp. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 

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