Squirtgun was formed in 1993 by renowned punk producer Mass Giorgini (Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Anti-Flag). Bassist Mass Giorgini, a 9-year veteran of Chicago punk legends Screeching Weasel and founding member of Common Rider (alongside Operation Ivy singer Jesse Michaels), enlisted the drummer from the same band, Dan Lumley–who was also a founding member of Rise Against, his brother, guitarist Flav Giorgini, and singer Matt Hart. Squirtgun’s “Social” was chosen as the opening track for the film Kevin Smith film “Mallrats,” starring Ben Affleck and Claire Forlani. The video for the Squirtgun song “Mary Ann” reached MTV’s top 40 alternative videos, and the video for their song “Burn for You” reached the top 40 videos on MTV Europe. Because of the influence of the members of Squirtgun in foundational pop-punk bands, they have consistently benefitted from the support of such pop punk legends as Green Day and Blink-182.
The Mopes got started when singer/guitarist Dan Vapid (Screeching Weasel, Riverdales) and bassist B-Face (Queers) wrote some silly songs together to pass time on the road. Little did they know that those songs were the makings of a band. But a few years later they recruited drummer Dan Lumley (Squirtgun, Screeching Weasel) and guitarist Jughead Pierson (Screeching Weasel). The quartet rendezvoused in Lafayette, Indiana in 1999 to record their first album, Accident Waiting to Happen, which features “Baby Doll.”
It’s simple – Parasites are one of the longest running and most influential Pop Punk bands ever. They helped define the genre, and never changed their sound to fit the latest trend. They’ve released 8 albums, 20 singles, and have songs on more compilations than you can count. They’ve done 16 tours, and played nearly 1000 shows all over the US, Europe and Japan. Pop Punk bands from all over the US, Europe, and Japan have recorded covers of Parasites songs. Parasites have done a lot, however, here’s two things Parasites haven’t done: sell out, or give up.
Kepi is a genius. This ex-Groovie Ghoulies frontman is KEEPIN’ IT REAL, with his all new band and solo project. He’s been on tour for like 12 years straight. If you see them play and don’t like them, then you must hate fun. The terrorists win. Buy albums now. Don’t wait.