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|Origin||Petaluma, California, U.S.|
Tsunami Bomb are a punk rock band from Petaluma, California that was active between 1998 and 2005 and reunited at the end of 2015. They have released two studio albums and four EPs, three of which were collected and reissued as a full-length album. They were founded by Dominic Davi who left in 2003 and underwent numerous lineup changes, containing almost no original members by the time of their disbandment in 2005. Their lineup upon disbanding consisted of Emily Whitehurst, Jay Northington, Matt Mckenzie, and Gabriel Lindeman. The band gave a reunion performance on January 17, 2009 in Petaluma.
On October 9, 2015 it was announced that the band would reform to support the release of an upcoming rarities collection, "Trust No One" on Kung Fu Records. The line-up would consist of original members including bassist Dominic Davi, vocalist/keyboardist Oobliette Sparks, guitarist Brian Plink, and drummer Gabriel Lindeman. This line-up would be joined by new vocalist Kate Jacobi.
The band was started by bassist Dominic Davi, who enlisted Kristin McRory as Tsunami Bomb's original vocalist. Davi met McRory in late 1997, when she joined the band Headboard on vocals.
Davi and McRory left Headboard in February 1998, and played their first show as Tsunami Bomb on June 26, 1998 at the Fatty Mocha in Merced, CA.
Tsunami Bomb's original lineup consisted of five people, including a keyboard player named Oobliette Sparks who also contributed vocals (and remained with the band until 2001). Gabriel Lindeman played drums for the band's first few shows, but he did not join the band full-time until 1999. Kristin McRory left Tsunami Bomb in late 1998, and Davi recruited Emily Whitehurst shortly thereafter (Emily's brother, Logan Whitehurst was Davi's roommate at the time). To add mystique and give her a more iconic presence, Davi and Whitehurst created the moniker "Agent M". Whitehurst was credited as Agent M almost exclusively until the breakup of the band.
Tsunami Bomb maintained a grueling tour schedule for most of its existence. In 1999 they released two limited edition 7" singles: B-Movie Queens was a split with Emily Whitehurst and Brian Plink's former band Plinky; Mayhem On The High Seas was released on Checkmate Records which was owned by Hunter Burgan, bassist for AFI. In 2000 they signed to Tomato Head Records and released their first CD EP The Invasion from Within! In 2002 they signed with Kung Fu Records, and released their first full-length album The Ultimate Escape. Tsunami Bomb would appear on the Warped Tour several times between 2001 and 2005. They have also toured Europe and Japan. Originally being booked by Dan Garcia at Royal Flush Booking, Tsunami Bomb had several tours including main support for the Vandals.
In 2003, a decision led to Tsunami Bomb's Dominic Davi being kicked out the group. The remaining band members cited "personality and creative conflicts." He would go on to form the musical group Love Equals Death on Fat Wreck Chords. He was replaced by Matt McKenzie. A year later, in 2004, Mike Griffen, the guitarist since 2000 left the band and was replaced by Jay Northington. Controversy surrounded the split with founding member Davi, cited in comments on his personal Myspace page. "I still find the things they are doing completely deplorable... the cruel things they continue to do to me." Myspace 05.02.2004. Dominic went on to allege that Tsunami Bomb had stolen his bass amp in another personal blog. Also in 2003, the album The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show was released and featured the band's cover of the popular Rocky Horror Picture Show song "Planet, Schmanet, Janet" that had been recorded years earlier. Later that same year, after a split with Royal Flush Booking, the band signed with the William Morris Agency. Under the direction of Ron Opeleski, the band launched a full US headlining tour which sold out venues such as the Metro in Chicago, two nights at Slim's in San Francisco, and three nights at the Troubadour in L.A. They also played main support for the Bouncing Souls on a world tour.
The title song from their first CD release, The Invasion from Within!, was used in Atlus USA's translation of the Nippon Ichi Software strategy RPG Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. Atlus also used the song Russian Roulette from the band's first full-length album The Ultimate Escape in their collaboration with Spumco animation studios, a cartoon skateboarding game called Go! Go! Hypergrind.
Their last releases as a band included their final album as Tsunami Bomb entitled The Definitive Act which Sound Scanned over 33,000 copies and a live concert DVD entitled Live at the Glasshouse from the The Show Must Go Off! live music DVD series in 2005. Both were released on Kung Fu Records.
In late 2005, after years of touring and numerous line-up changes Tsunami Bomb officially broke up, citing problems with the "business end of the music industry".
On January 17, 2009, Tsunami Bomb performed a reunion show in their hometown of Petaluma, California at the Phoenix Theater as a benefit for their friend Liz Beidelman the drummer for the band Luckie Strike who was fighting brain cancer.
In 2015, original members Oobliette, Davi, Brian Plink and Gabriel Lindeman reunited Tsunami Bomb along with Kate Jacobi, who would replace Emily Whitehurst on vocals, Whitehurst declined to rejoin Tsunami Bomb, choosing to focus on her own project, Survival Guide. The band performed their first show under their newly formed line-up on December 19, 2015. They released their rarities collection LP called "Trust No One" on January 29, 2016 and performed the Northwest dates Vans Warped Tour on August 12 and 13.
On August 27, 2016, the band announced that they are writing some new songs for the new album, expected to be out in 2017.
- Kate Jacobi — vocals (2015-present)
- Gabriel Lindeman — drums (1999-2005, 2015-present)
- Oobliette Sparks — keyboards (1998-2001, 2015-present)
- Dominic Davi — bass (1998-2003, 2015-present)
- Brian Plink — guitars (1998-2000, 2015-present)
- Emily "Agent M" Whitehurst — vocals (1998-2005)
- Kristin McRory — vocals (1998)
- Tim Chaddick — guitar (1998)
- Rob Read — drums (1998-1999)
- Mike Griffen — guitar 2000-2004)
- Matt McKenzie — bass (2003-2005)
- Jay Northington — guitar (2004-2005)
- B-Movie Queens (1999)
- Mayhem on the High Seas (1999)
- The Invasion from Within! (2001)
- Prologue (2004)
- Take the Reins (2002)
- Take the Reins (2002)
- Live at the Glasshouse (2005)
- Punk Rock Strike (1997)
- You Call This Music?! Volume 1 (2000)
- Warped Tour 2001 Tour Compilation (2001)
- Punk Rock Is Your Friend: Kung Fu Records Sampler (2002)
- Warped Tour 2002 Tour Compilation (2002)
- Warped Tour 2003 Tour Compilation (2003)
- Punk Rock is Your Friend: Kung Fu Records Sampler No. 4 (2003)
- The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show (2003)
- Punk Rock is Your Friend: Kung Fu Records Sampler No. 5 (2004)
- The Razor - Vol. 10 (2004)
- Warped Tour 2005 Tour Compilation (2005)
- Punk Rock is Your Friend: Kung Fu Records Sampler No. 6 (2005)
- Trust No One (2016)
- "Tsunami Bomb reunites". www.punknews.org. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
- "Tsunami Bomb Reunites With the Same Sound and a New Singer". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
- Metroactive Music - Taking the Reigns
- Tsunami Bomb Official Page
- Tsunami Bomb Purevolume Page
- Tsunami Bomb Bandcamp Page
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- Go Mexico - Jay Northington's current altcountry band
- The Action Design - Emily Whitehurst and Matt Mckenze's current band
- One night with Tsunami Bomb - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
- Interview with the band on final tour
- Interview with Tsunami Bomb regarding 2015 reunion