Vampirates started in early 2003 with original members Pat Mayfield (bass), Chris Fox (guitar), Eddie Condon (vocals), and Geoff Huber (drums). From the beginning we have been very ambitious towards creating the music we love. Staying true to our DIY roots, we played our first show in Pat's dorm room, and continued to play as much as possible over the next few months. Roughly five months after we started, we recorded "Shitpanzimps" with A2K as engineer at our practice studio, which also doubled as a Tofu Factory during normal business hours.
Shortly thereafter, we took a break for summer. During that break Eddie decided that punk rock wasn't for him (or something...), so we enlisted Dave Masud (of Reno, Nevada's Painting Gala/Twice) to take over the vocal duties. This line-up lasted for two shows, until Geoff left the band to move to Eugene, OR where he currently resides and rides his bike.
In 2004 Eddie decided that punk rock was again right for him, and became our singer once more. Dave, being the multi-talented bad-ass that he is, took over the drumming duties, and this line-up lasted for one and a half shows (Chris Tufino played half of a set...).
Dave was busy with Twice and school, so we enlisted Chris Tufino (of Reno's Twelve Gauge Facelift) as our full-time drummer. Our one year anniversary show in Yreka, California, was one of three shows we played with this line-up. Then, Eddie again decided that he needed to pursue something else. In turn, Dave rejoined Vampirates as vocalist.
In the Summer of 2004, the Ashland half (Chris/Pat) moved to Reno so we could write and function as a normal band. What resulted was the self-recorded "Summer Ale EP" and a handful of shows around the area. After summer, Pat and Chris moved back to Ashland for schooling, and we played as many shows as possible throughout the school year.
In Summer of 2005 Pat and Chris moved back to Reno to write a new record, "Muffstache," which finally was demoed and released in 2007.
During 2006, the band remained half in Reno, and half in Ashland. The last of a few original line-up reunion shows in Ashland was recorded and released as our first live record titled "Oh Anal! Live at the LFAG." This was a limited split release with two Vampirates side projects, Edepit and Butthak.
In the spring of 2007, we embarked on the Punish Your Body Tour with Reno's Painting Gala, covering Oregon, Northern Nevada, and Northern California.
In the summer/fall of 2007, we began to write some new material for a new full-length. We also played with many great bands including the Adolescents and the Duane Peters Gunfight.
On July 6th, 2008, we entered Pus Cavern Studios in Sacramento, CA to record "Muffstache" with engineer Joe Johnston (Deftones, Cake, Cobra Skulls). The CD was officially released on December 13, 2008.
In 2008, we played shows with notable bands such as the Circle Jerks, the Murder Junkies, and Larry And His Flask.
In May of 2009, we embarked on the Punish Your Buick Tour, covering the Southern US. Busy with school and work, Chris Tufino was not able to tour, so Dave filled in on drums. Throughout the rest of the year, we played regionally with noteworthy bands like the Murder Junkies, Static Thought, MDC, Citizen Fish, and Star Fucking Hipsters. Demoing for a new record continued, as well, resulting in the "Here Ya Go EP" (limited to 50 copies) which featured two new songs and four live songs.
In spring/summer of 2010, we ventured out on a four-month US Tour spanning eighteen states, totaling seventy-eight shows. Chris Tufino was again busy with school and work, so, as a result, Dave played drums for the majority of the tour. In mid-june we recorded in Asheville, NC in a basement for a very limited (6 copies) tape-only release titled "2010 Tape," our only release featuring Dave on drums.
In 2010, we played with famed bands such as Against Me!, Grabass Charlestons, Death By Stereo, Shat, and Static Thought. Our song "Bottom Of The Top" was featured on the compilation "Corruption Of American Youth Volume 2" (Crash Assailant Records), which was released in late 2010.
In 2011, we played a total of 100 shows across the United States. During the tour, we self-recorded and self-released "Shit Summer," which was tracked and mixed in various cities across the US and features nine old songs and three new songs. Another new song called "Eat This Song" was featured on a compilation called "Eat This Tape" (Cocksmoker Chunk Records), which was released on December 6, 2011. We continued to demo and write new songs for "Planet Stupid."
Early 2012 saw the release of the "Bromance" split tape with B.A.C and STuDZ, recorded live in Asheville, NC during the 2011 US tour. On April 21-22, 2012 we returned to Pus Cavern Studios in Sacramento, CA to record the second full-length, "Planet Stupid." Thanks to Joe Johnston's masterful engineering, the fifteen track album was recorded/mixed/mastered in only two days and was officially released just four days later on April 26, 2012. We again set out to tour the US throughout spring/summer in support of "Planet Stupid" playing sixty-six shows in eighty-two days. 2012 also saw our first vinyl release, "Bringing It Back Volume One" (SBS Records/Hell City Records - 800 black/100 red/100 black and gold swirl) which featured a demo of our song "Status Update."
On February 28, 2013 we embarked on our Ten Year Anniversary US Tour in celebration of ten years as a band. Our song "I" was included on the compilation "Eat This Tape - Volume Two," released on Cocksmoker Chunk Records.
2014 is proving to be our most productive year. Dave has officially become our full-time drummer. In April we released three EPs including "Pizza Beer," "Post Genre" (split with Third Seven), and "Meth Teeth" (split with Machinist!). Also in April we embark on the Pizza Beer Tour, covering the US again, as well as heading to Europe for our first international shows. Our song "Never" was featured on the vinyl compilation "Bringing It Back Volume Two" (SBS Records - 700 black/100 white-blue/100 purple-black/100 yellow).