Formed in 2017, Gentlemen of Tragedy is the brainchild of Graham Vinson, hatched over the course of a promising solo song-writer career and needing an outlet for heavier material. After a short search, the foundation for this vision was laid beginning with writing partner and co-founder Jeromy Smirnoff on bass, a scene veteran and rhythm addict. While the sound and songs developed quickly it took some time to round out the rhythm section. The addition of local veteran and heavy hitter Jonny "Hi-Hat" Shidler saw the band quickly gaining steam, their approach pulling from the roots of the 916 underground sound and incorporating the dynamic background of the band's members. The band was happy to announce Paulie Laughlin out front on vocals recently, a strong contributor to a sound that continues to develop from a heavy style that can span from introspective to bouncy bangers, and the band has been off and running ever since. They'll keep you moving while their sweet savvy hooks sneak into your subconscious. It's all about movement, and they'll move up on your playlist without a doubt.
Though Gentlemen of Tragedy is a relatively new band, its members have shared stages all over the Northern California region and beyond opening for acts such as Joanah Matranga, Alien Ant Farm, Hed (PE), Chevelle, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Stephen Marley, Kotton Mouth Kings, The B Foundation and more. After a busy few months of writing they're looking forward to gigs this spring and hitting the studio for their first EP. Stay tuned...!
Graham - ESP and Fender guitars, Marshall Cabinets, Peavey Amplification, Line6 effects, Ernie Ball Strings and Monster Cables
Jeromy - ESP and Ibanez basses, Ampeg cabinets, Line6 Amplification and effects, Ernie Ball Strings, Monster Cables, and Shure mics
Jonny - DW drums, Soultone Cymbals, and Excel "Jonny Hi-Hat" signature sticks
Paulie - Shure mics Monster cables and Peavey Amplification