Kingpin Hayes | Quit Your Day Job

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Quit Your Day Job

by Kingpin Hayes

Rock and roll action to the max. With a resume that speaks volumes, they are a band that is just around the corner from world-wide success.
Genre: Rock: Emo
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1. MWF
3:25 album only
2. Proximity
3:31 album only
3. 85
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4. Clutch Powerlines
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5. December
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6. On the Shelf
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Album Notes
Kingpin Hayes' roots trace back to University Place, WA, where the alliance of vocalist Matt Kramer and guitarist Travis Thorpe was formed during high school.

The duo played in various bands around their hometown in the early 90's and ended up forming the nucleus of KPH.

The full potential of KPH's sound was realized with the addition of bassist Matthew Weiss and percussionist Eric Chapman while they attended college at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

Kingpin Hayes worked the college scene around Pullman by performing anywhere and everywhere including fraternity parties, local clubs, private parties, and collegiate functions.

Their heavy gigging schedule afforded KPH the opportunity to perfect their distinctive sound and energetic stage performance.

Once ready for the studio, the band traveled to Whitehorse Studios in Portland, OR in the summer of 1998.

With the help of engineer/producer Sean Flora, Kingpin Hayes recorded and independently released their first EP entitled "Spank".

The response to "Spank" was overwhelming, with the first 500 copies sold by the end of the year.

In 1999 the fate of Kingpin Hayes was vague as Matt Kramer graduated and relocated to Seattle, much to the dismay of their loyal Pullman following.

However, the band regrouped in Seattle in the winter of 2000 and began rehearsing new material for their second release.

2001 was the most explosive year for KPH thus far, with the band recording and releasing their second EP, building a solid Seattle fan base, and signing with Humble Records.

"Quit Your Day Job" was recorded with Donn DeVore at Ironwood Studios in January, and first released in May.

The EP has sold almost 1000 copies to date, far exceeding the band's expectations.

KPH spent most of the year gigging heavily at Seattle's major clubs to support the release of "Quit Your Day Job".

The end of 2001 found KPH signing with Humble Records ( who immediately re-released both "Spank" and "Quit Your Day Job" to an international audience.

2002 looks to be a banner year for Kingpin Hayes.

With the support of Humble Records, KPH plans to record a full length album and launch a U.S. tour in support of the release, along with their usual local performances and appearances.

With a resume that speaks volumes, Kingpin Hayes is a band that is just around the corner from world-wide success.

They are accomplished musicians, performers, and songwriters with an unrivaled camaraderie, much like a family.

Most importantly, Kingpin Hayes strives to reach every member of their audience and win each fan, one by one, until the whole world is mesmerized by their patented Rock 'N Roll Action to the Max!



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GREAT CD!! Highly Recommend getting this album!
KingPin Hayes' music is excellent, especially this CD. It's diverse: heartfelt lyrics that really rock. It's great to finally hear a great band again. Highly Recommend!