Twelve Gauge Valentine

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Twelve Gauge Valentine
Also known as TGV, 12 Gauge Valentine
Origin Bastrop and Monroe, Louisiana
Genres Christian metal, post-hardcore,[1] screamo (early),[citation needed] Southern hardcore metal[1]
Years active 2003–2008 (indefinite hiatus)
Labels Solid State, Sound VS. Silence
Associated acts Swamp Basstard
Website Twelve Gauge Valentine on MySpace
Past members Jon Green
Jonathan Cooper
Josh White
Josh Gross
Josh Fife
Kyle Snellenberger
Jake Campbell
Jonathan Webster
Michael Watson
Derek Thomas

Twelve Gauge Valentine is a Southern post-hardcore band from Bastrop and Monroe, Louisiana, with their debut album Shock Value released on October 3, 2006. The band was initially supported by the Sound Vs. Silence label, with whom they released their debut EP, Exclamationaire. They have toured with bands, such as Haste the Day,[2] From Autumn to Ashes,[2] It Dies Today,[2] Alesana,[2] War of Ages,[3][4][5] Demise of Eros,[4] Maylene and the Sons of Disaster,[6] Inhale Exhale,[6] Anam Cara,[3][5] Vanna,[7] Once Nothing,[8] Gwen Stacy,[8] Society's Finest,[3] The Handshake Murders,[9] and Memphis May Fire.[9]


Formation and first album (2003–2007)[edit]


The band formed under the original lineup of Jonathon Cooper on bass, Josh White on guitar, Josh Gross on guitar, Jonathon Webster on drums, and Jon Green on vocals. This lineup recorded the Exclamationaire album in 2005. In 2006 Josh Gross left and the band recorded Shock Value as a 4-piece with White doing both guitar tracks. Shortly after the release of this album another guitarist was added with no information given other than his name being Kyle Snellenberger. In the start of 2007 Kyle, Josh White, and Jonathon Webster parted from the band, and thus Josh Fife (Jon Green's younger brother) was brought on board as guitarist. New Orleans based Michael Watson replaced Webster, and Derek Thomas was put on second guitar. Shortly there after Florida based Jake Campbell had replaced Thomas. The band moved to Tampa Bay, Florida in Fall 2007 with plans to write a new album.

Current activity (2008–present)[edit]

In 2007 to 2008, Twelve Gauge Valentine performed their last tour along with The Handshake Murders and Memphis May Fire. As of 2008, Twelve Gauge Valentine has been inactive.[9][19] While the band has never officially broken up or gone on hiatus, the band is no longer recording or touring together, and the band has been dropped from Solid State Records.

Band members have also begun to move on to other bands. In 2008, guitarist Jake Campbell joined Alesana, a post-hardcore band based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. And after moving back to Louisiana in June 2008, guitarist Josh Fife, former guitarist Kyle Snellenberger and original drummer Jonathon Webster formed a project together under the name Swamp Basstard. All band members appear under pseudonyms. Josh White has started his own solo project under the name The Josh Rocket.

It is unclear whether the band will ever return as Twelve Gauge Valentine, or if they will officially disband, nor is there any word as to the status of the second album the band was writing before becoming inactive.


Twelve Gauge Valentine discussed their influences on their DVD via YouTube.[3] Their influences were: Living Sacrifice, Luti-Kriss, Embodyment, Zao, Blindside, Rage Against the Machine, Glassjaw, Poison the Well, Converge and Every Time I Die.


The band played screamo under a different name before shifting gears into a decidedly heavy metal infused brand of hardcore. "Twelve Gauge Valentine was the most cliche hardcore name we could come up with because we weren't expecting to pursue anything," Bassist Jonathan Cooper says. "And then the name stuck."[10]


Final Line-up
  • Jon Green - vocals (2003–present)
  • Jonathan Cooper - bass (2003–present)
  • Jake Campbell - guitar (2007–present; Currently playing in Alesana, formerly of Sleeping Alone)
  • Josh Fife - guitar (2007–present; Currently playing in Swamp Basstard and The Burning Issue formerly of Anam Cara)
  • Michael "Milky" Watson - drums (2006–present)
Former Members
  • Jonathan Webster - drums (2003–2006; Currently playing with Swamp Basstard)
  • Josh "Rocket" White - guitar (2003–2006)
  • Josh Gross - guitar (2003–2006)
  • Kyle Snellenberger - guitar (2007; Currently playing with Swamp Basstard)
  • Derek Thomas - guitar (2007; currently with The Greenery)


Other releases
  • Demo (2003)
  • Exclamationaire (2005)
Studio album
Music videos
  • "Ball & Chain" (2006)


  1. ^ a b Keel, Fred (January 3, 2009). "Twelve Gauge Valentine - Shock Value". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Concert Review: From Autumn to Ashes w/ Haste the Day, It Dies Today, Alesana, Twelve Gauge Valentine (May 5, 2007)". Blog Critics. May 5, 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Twelve Gauge Valentine. "Twelve Gauge Valentine DVD". YouTube. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Twelve Gauge Valentine, War Of Ages, etc. tour". Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Society's Finest, Anam Cara, War of Ages, Twelve Gauge Valentine tour". Lambgoat. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Maylene and the Sons/Inhale Exhale/Twelve Gauge Valentine tour". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ G., Doug (April 3, 2007). "Bloddjinn Tour Dates w/ 12GV and The Silent Escape". Metal Underground. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Twelve Gauge Valentine, Gwen Stacy, etc. tour". Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "Twelve Gauge Valentine breaks-up". Metal Underground. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "TWELVE GAUGE VALENTINE BIOGRAPHY". Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Twelve Gauge Valentine Bio - Twelve Gauge Valentine Career". MTV Artists. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Band Bio on Sound VS. Silence Records". Sound vs. Silence. 
  13. ^ Kenyon Hopkin. "Twelve Gauge Valentine - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Twelve Gauge Valentine Artist Profile - Biography And Discography -". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Twelve Gauge Valentine". 
  16. ^ "Twelve Gauge Valentine on Metal". Metal Archives. 
  17. ^ Solid State Records. "Solid State Records". Solid State Records. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Twelve Gauge Valentine on MTV". MTV. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Twelve Gauge Valentine break up". Alternative Press. November 21, 2007. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 

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