Press Release - Suburban Vermin - May 9, 2017



Suburban Vermin Celebrate 10 Years With Dynamic New Release

This year marks the tenth year Suburban Vermin, an eclectic indie punk rock outfit from Seattle, have collaborated as a band. In the last decade, the group has been lauded by fans and critics alike for their classic punk aesthetic and wholly authentic music style. To celebrate their remarkable longevity, Suburban Vermin is preparing the release of a four part EP entitled ‘TV Head Nation’ with a corresponding comic book. The first entry in the series is due out this May.

Compared to the likes of the Ramones, The Clash, and The Buzzcocks, Suburban Vermin exude raw, intense punk music through and through. “So often are we offered sound-alikes or blatant wannabes, but the sound of Suburban Vermin is eerily close to that which Kurt Cobain was trying to do before he was so totally destroyed by the industry,” a critic mused in 2015 when delving into the band’s ‘Headless Over Heels’ record.

‘TV Head Nation’ is quite unlike any other independent record in the punk scene. In the not too distant future of a city formally known as Seattle, an evil alien warlord by the name of King TV Head rules with an iron first. Elected by the people of the United States, his reign of terror is swift, incarcerating those who stray too far from his own views. His robotic army, the TV Head Minions, help enforce his grueling rule.

Every good villain is eventually foiled by a greater force for good, however, and the Suburban Vermin are the superheroes the country needs in its time of crisis. The band-turned-protectors watch over groups of refugees in the outskirts of society, creating new communities away from the watchful eye of TV King Head. The dystopian story is chock-full of science fiction influence, humor, and timely political observations.

Suburban Vermin consists of Amanda Gamino, Jason Vermin, and Ali Han. Their likenesses embody the resistance in the world of ‘TV Head Nation,’ whereas their foe, King TV Head, is eerily reminiscent of Donald Trump, having risen to power promising “a different America.”

The accompanying comic book’s story was conceptualized by bassist Jason Vermin, who also provided the cover art. The issues were written by Dan Rafter, best known for his work on the ‘Gearz’ series and ‘Female Force,’ a series about women in politics. Up and coming UK-based comic book artist Amy Fay provided visuals for the comic books.

Due to its episodic nature, ‘TV Head Nation’ will release in four parts, often with accompanying events. Each part is an issue of the comic, thus ranging from Issue #0 to Issue #3, the finale. The release schedule is as follows:

  • May 6 - Preview of Issues #0 and #1 at Tim’s Tavern, Seattle, WA. (21+ show)

    • The four singles from #0 and #1 will be available this day.

  • May 12 -  Issues #0 and #1 release officially with all ages show at Louie G’s Pizza, Fife WA.

  • July 2017 - Issue #2 will release with two songs.

  • September 2017 - Issue #3 will release with two final songs, closing the series. 

Recorded by Shad Woodman at Decade Sound in Tacoma, WA, ‘TV Head Nation’ reaches new sonic heights for the three piece outfit. On May 4, the band will also release a special ‘Star Wars’ themed track for free on their website to celebrate Star Wars Day.

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