Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Virginia Creep

Recommended if you like: Jesus Lizard, Melvins, Failure, Refused, Helmet

Story behind your band/artist name: Virginia creeper is a poisonous vine native to Virginia, and our singer JR came up with the modification for the band name.

Band Members: J.R. Hayes - vox, Aaron Mason - gtr, Christopher Wright - bass, Ben Tufts - drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Everybody except for Aaron is from Sterling, VA. Aaron is from southern Maryland. JR currently lives in Leesburg, Chris lives in Winchester, and I live in NW DC.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: JR and Ben met in high school, brought together by a mutual disdain for an English teacher, and a shared passion for Tool. It's the first band we've been in together, even though JR has been in the infamous grindcore band Pig Destroyer for nearly 20 years, and Ben has been in dozens of bands.

Pig Destroyer's guitarist Scott Hull has another band called Agoraphobic Nosebleed. He was riding in JR's truck years ago and picked up a mix tape Ben had made for him labeled "Honky Reduction"--(JR had asked Ben to send him a tape of funk, r&b and soul). Agoraphobic Nosebleed's next album was called "Honky Reduction."

VC released their first three song effort on Robotic Empire, the same label that has released numerous bands from Sterling, VA, including page ninety nine, city of caterpillar, malady and tideland.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Fresh from a break up and looking for a reason to hit things really hard, Ben contacted JR and half joked (as he had many times before) "Let's start a band." JR said "Sure, what are you doing next Monday?" Ben tapped his friend Aaron Mason (formerly of A Papier Mache Monster, and who had produced a number of recordings Ben had played on) to play guitar, and JR brought in Chris, who he had known from sharing bills with his old band Tideland.

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Main Genre: Hard Rock

Other Genres: noise rock, post hardcore