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The Vines Biography

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Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years Active: 1999 - present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Garage Rock Revival, Post-grunge, Indie Rock, Neo-psychedelia

The Vines are an Australian alternative rock band originally formed as Rishikesh in 1994 in Sydney. They play a musical hybrid of 1960s garage rock and 1990s alternative music. Until 2011, their line-up consisted of vocalist and lead guitarist Craig Nicholls, rhythm guitarist Ryan Griffiths, bass guitarist Brad Heald and drummer Hamish Rosser. In December 2011, it was confirmed that Griffiths and Rosser had been fired from the band. Murray Sheridan is now a new member of the band. After frequent misspellings of Rishikesh in the media, the band changed names to The Vines as an homage to Nicholls’ father’s band called The Vynes.

The band got their start playing Nirvana covers at their friends’ parties. From there the band played regular gigs at local venues in their hometown. The Vines recorded a demo, which caught the attention of XL Recordings, leading to record deals with Heavenly Records in the U.K., and EMI Records in Australia.

2001 saw the band go to Los Angeles to record their debut album, “Highly Evolved.” Once back in Australia, The Vines success began to take off and culminated in an ARIA Award in 2002 for Breakthrough Artist Single for “Get Free,” in addition to five other nominations for their successful debut album “Highly Evolved.” The band's first single to gain attention from the press was “Highly Evolved” off the title track from their debut album. The band followed with an appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 2002, a feat no other Australian band had achieved since Men at Work's cover in 1983.

The Vine's second offering, “Winning Days,” arrived in 2004 and peaked at #7 on the Australian Rock chart, #23 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #29 on the U.K. Albums chart. Next The Vines hit the road with Jet and The Living End, before heading back into the studio in 2005 to work on their next album, “Vision Valley,” which emerged in 2006.

Another album followed in 2008, “Melodia,” with more touring and live performances. 2011 saw the band without a record deal, self-releasing their fifth studio album, “Future Primitive,” performing with The Dandy Warhols, and the departure of Griffiths and Rosser from the band. The remaining three-piece of Nicholls, Heald and Sheridan are working on forthcoming album.