Tsunami Bomb

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Tsunami Bomb
Origin Petaluma, California
Genres Punk rock, Pop punk, Melodic hardcore
Years active 1998-2005; 2009; 2015
Labels Checkmate Records, Tomato Head Records, Kung-Fu Records
Members Dominic Davi
Oobliette Sparks
Brian Plink
Gabriel Lindeman
Kate Jacobi
Past members Kristin McRory
Tim Chaddick
Rob Reed
Mike Griffen
Emily Whitehurst
Jay Northington
Matt Mckenzie<br

Tsunami Bomb was a punk rock band from Petaluma, California that was active between 1998 and October 2005 and released two studio albums and four EPs. They were founded by Dominic Davi who left in 2003 and underwent numerous lineup changes, containing 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 released 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. [1] This line-up would be joined by new vocalist Kate Jacobi.[2]


The band was started by bassist Dominic Davi, who enlisted Kristin McRory as Tsunami Bomb's original female vocalist. Davi met McRory in late 1997, when she joined the band Headboard on female 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 female 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.[3] 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, after a split with Royal Flush Booking, the band signed with the William Morris Agency, one of the largest and distinguished names in the business. Under the direction of Ron Opeleski, the band launched their most successful tours since their inception including 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.

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, their guitarist and songwriter since 2000, left the band and was replaced by Jay Northington. Controversy surrounded the split with Davi mainly due to comments in 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, they covered the popular Rocky Horror Picture Show song "Planet, Schmanet, Janet" for the album The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show.

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. They're playing their first show back on December 19, 2015. They're releasing a rarities collection on January 29, 2016.


  • Kristin McRory (vocals 1998)
  • Dominic Davi (bass 1998-2003, 2015)
  • Tim Chaddick (guitar 1998)
  • Oobliette Sparks (keyboards 1998-2001, 2015)
  • Rob Read (drums 1998-1999)
  • Emily "Agent M" Whitehurst (vocals 1998-2005)
  • Brian Plink (guitar 1998-2000, 2015)
  • Gabriel Lindeman (drums 1999-2005, 2015)
  • Mike Griffen (guitar 2000-2004)
  • Matt McKenzie (bass 2003-2005)
  • Jay Northington (guitar 2004-2005)
  • Kate Jacobi (vocals 2015)





  • Take the Reins (2002)




  1. ^ "Tsunami Bomb reunites". www.punknews.org. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Tsunami Bomb Reunites With the Same Sound and a New Singer". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  3. ^ Metroactive Music - Taking the Reigns

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