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Band Biography

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 lineup. Fast forward a couple of years (and a couple of members) to 2020 and the band was happy to announce Paulie Laughlin out front on vocals, solidifying the foundation and bringing his unique style and energy as well as the addition of "E.L." on the drums, a talented and strong contributor to the Gentlemen's sound; a uniquely heavy style that can span from introspective & moody to bouncy bangers, collages of sound and purpose. They keep the vibe rocking while sneaking sweet savvy hooks into your subconscious. For these Gentlemen it's a movement, and their music will move into your playlists and take residence in your ears, there's no doubt. 

Members of Gentlemen of Tragedy have shared stages all over the Northern California region and beyond opening for acts such as Alien Ant Farm, Hed (PE), Chevelle, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Oleander, Joanah Matranga, Kotton Mouth Kings, The B Foundation, Dog Party, Blackalicious and more. The Gentlemen are looking forward to a successful and busy 2021 with the release of their EP 'Chaos & Class' and (hopefully) a return to playing live...!


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

Paulie - Shure mics Monster cables and Peavey Amplification

E.L. - Pearl drums and racks, Sabian cymbals, DW pedals, and Ahead drumsticks