The Virgins at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. From left to right: Wade Oates, Eric Ratensperger, Nick Ackerman, Donald Cumming
|Origin||New York City, New York, US|
The Virgins were an American indie rock band formed in 2006 in New York City. The band split up in November 2013. The band consisted of lead vocalist Donald Cumming, guitarist Wade Oates, bassist Nick Zarin-Ackerman and drummer Erik Ratensperger.
Frontman Donald Cumming began writing music by himself in his New York apartment. He then recruited friends to fill out the band.
Almost immediately they made a five-song EP titled "The Virgins '07", compiled of the band's early recordings, and songs Donald had already recorded himself. Upon completion, Cumming passed out the EP to friends and DJs causing the music to pervade the New York club scene. Soon after, the demo came across Atlantic Records who signed Cumming before the band was fully formed. The band's debut LP came out in 2008 and the band toured for several years following its release.
2008–2011: The Virgins
Their first full-length album titled The Virgins was met with mixed success critically. To promote the record they played at the All Points West Festival, SXSW festival, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Leeds, Reading, and T in the Park festivals, among other major French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian festivals in the summer of 2009. In the fall of 2009 they were invited to perform in Moscow.
2012–2013: Strike Gently and break-up
In 2012 the band announced their return with an all new line-up backing leader Donald Cumming. The band also announced that it signed with the new record label Cult Records, founded by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. In March 2013 The band released their new album "Strike Gently" worldwide.
The band supported the album with several US tours as well as touring South America and Europe.
Additionally, in support of the new album, the band made their second appearance on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” performing the track Wheel of Fortune.
On November 13, 2013 Cumming announced that the band had split. In an interview that day with RollingStone, Cumming said that he will now start working on a solo record. The band's planned Europe tour for 2014 was cancelled as well.
Bass guitarist Nick Zarin-Ackerman died on March 30, 2017.
- Studio albums
- Extended plays
- The Virgins '07 (2007)
- Venus in Chains w/ Slave to You (May 26, 2012, Glassine Box)
- Donald Cumming - lead vocals
- Wade Oates - lead guitar, backing vocals
- Nick Zarin-Ackerman - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Erik Ratensperger - drums, percussion
- Koshkin, Brett.SXSW: Tomorrow's It Band: The Virgins, HoustonPress, March 14, 2008
- "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2009-01-12
- Marotta, Michael (1 April 2017). "RIP: Nick Ackerman, bassist for NYC rock band The Virgins, has died". Vanyaland. Retrieved 1 April 2017.