The Vines (1999-)
Craig Nicholls (guitar, vocals) 1999-
Patrick Matthews (bass) 1999-
David Olliffe (drums) 1999-2001
Hamish Rosser (drums) 2002-
Ryan Griffiths (guitar) 2002-
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Nicholls and Matthews met while working at a McDonald's in Sydney, Australia during their high school years. They had one thing in common - an obsession with Nirvana.
They are named after Nicholls' father's band from the 1960's - the Vynes.
Their first gig was at the Hurstville RSL Memorial Bowling Club. Hurstville is a suburb of Sydney.
Drummers Joey Waronker and Pete Thomas filled in for Olliffe after he quit during the recording of their debut album, Highly Evolved. Waronker has played with R.E.M. and Beck. Thomas was in the Attractions, Elvis Costello's backing band.
Fellow Australian Rosser was in a Kinks tribute band in Nevada when he answered an ad placed by the Vines looking for a new drummer.
Griffiths has been a friend of Nicholls' since their childhood.
They have been known to cover Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" in concert.
Nicholls has frequently shown signs of being a little weird. He'll lock himself in a bathroom for three hours before a show. He openly talks about suicide in interviews, and once kicked Matthews on the set of a UK TV show. He also smokes pot.
They don't like touring. Between 1994 and 1998, they played only a handful of shows. Still today, Nicholls wants to record more. He points out that Brian Wilson and the Beatles didn't have to tour, so why should the Vines?
Matthews was hoping to be a medical doctor, but chose the Vines instead. Although, he does read medical textbooks while on tour.
The Vines started off as a Nirvana cover band, before signing with Rex Records and recording their single "Factory," which was included on Highly Evolved (2002), their debut album. (thanks, Mariah - Monroe, NY)
Nicholls worked at a McDonalds to help pay for art school. (thanks, Daize - Pheonix, AZ)
In 2004, Nicholls revealed that he has the neurobiologcal disorder Asperger Syndrome, which causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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