Pacific Ridge Records
Dave Hyde (Envy)
Nate Thruman (Envy)
|Past members||Graham Jordan
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. 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.
The new line up for 2014 is a return to the original in part.
Chris Envy- Vocals Dave Envy- Bass Dan Castady- Drums Nate Envy- Guitar George Castady- Guitar
New Facebook fan page is https://www.facebook.com/ShowoffMusic/
In late 2013 Chris, Dave, and Dan officially announced they were going to start playing shows again in 2014. Three of the four original members are in the new line up. 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".
We now know that in 2014, Showoff has officially restarted with Chris Envy on vocals, Dave Envy on bass, Dan Castady on Drums, Nate Envy on guitar and George Castady on guitar. There is a future record in the works but no release date as of yet.
The confirmed 2014 Reunion shows so far are as follows:
June 13 | House Of Bricks | Des Moines, IA | Tickets
June 14 | Warehouse | LaCrosse, WI | Tickets
June 21 | Reggies | Chicago, IL | SOLD OUT
June 22 | Reggie's | Chicago, IL | Tickets
Showoff toured with several acts, including but not limited to:
- The Rx Bandits
- Marvelous 3
- Citizen King
- The Starting Line
- Lucky Boys Confusion
- Further Seems Forever
- Element 101
- Home Grown
- Student Rick
- The Bloodhound Gang
|1998||...Around The Corner Fudge Is Made||Self Released||LP||First release|
|1999||Red Tape||Self Released||EP||Second release|
|1999||Falling Star||Maverick Records||Single||Single|
|1999||Showoff||Maverick Records||LP||Third release - major label debut album|
|2001||Wish You Were Her...||Maverick Records||LP||Unreleased album|
|2006||Waiting For You||Pacific Ridge Records||EP||Fourth release|
|2008||Waiting For You||Pacific Ridge Records||EP||Re-issue with two bonus tracks|
- Showoff at AllMusic
- MTV artist profile
- Showoff on MySpace
- Showoff on Purevolume
- Centerstage Chicago profile
- In Music We Trust
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