The Old Haunts

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The Old Haunts
Origin Olympia, WA, United States
Genres Indie rock, Garage rock, Swamp rock, Alternative rock
Years active 2001 – 2009
Labels Kill Rock Stars
Website The Old Haunts
Members Craig Extine
Scott Seckington
Tobi Vail
Past members Danny Sasaki
Natalie Cox
Chris Sutton
Curtis James

The Old Haunts were a rock music band formed in 2001 in Olympia, Washington. The band was sometimes defined as punk but exhibited additional qualities similar to southern swamp rock. Arpeggiated twangy guitar riffs, pounding bass lines and rock drumming were major features of the group's sound.

Band members[edit]

Principal members of the band were the founders Craig Extine (guitar, vocals) and Scott Seckington(bass), and the band's final drummer, Tobi Vail. Vail was previously a member of Bikini Kill and The Frumpies. Past drummers for The Old Haunts included founding member Curtis James,[1] Natalie Cox, Danny Sasaki, and Chris Sutton,[2] most of whom had played with other Olympia bands. James was in Serum Greys and Excuse 17; Sasaki was a member of Mocket; Cox came from Popular Music; and Sutton had been in Dub Narcotic Sound System.[3]


Before signing with the Kill Rock Stars label, The Old Haunts released a pair of independent EPs,[2] and a full-length album, Collection, which combines both.[4]

With a steady core membership of Extine and Seckington, the band recorded three full-length albums for Kill Rock Stars:[2]

  • Fallow Field (2005) – This first album draws heavily upon the earlier EPs for material, and features the distinctively different drum styles of Sasaki, Cox, and Sutton.[3]
  • Fuel on Fire (2006) – Re-joined by original drummer, Curtis James, who played drums on all songs; this album shows a more consistent overall sound, sometimes described as "swamp-punk".[1]
  • Poisonous Times (2008) – Tobi Vail plays drums on the band's final album. Although she is known for the fast paces of Bikini Kill, she meets the varying and subtle needs of Extine's "increasingly adventurous" songwriting – the album was described as the band's "most diverse release" to date.[5]

The band contributed the song "By the Bay" to the Kill Rock Stars compilation Otis' Opuses (2006).[6]


  1. ^ a b Stephen M. Deusner (2006). "The Old Haunts: Fuel on Fire". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Old Haunts". Kill Rock Stars. 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Stephen M. Deusner (2005). "The Old Haunts: Fallow Field". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ The Old Haunts at AllMusic
  5. ^ Stephen M. Deusner (2008). "The Old Haunts: Poisonous Times". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Otis' Opuses at AllMusic

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