Tagging themselves after a character from the 1982 comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Dave Pino (guitar/vocals), Noelle (vocals/guitar), Vazquez (bass), and Dustin Hengst (drums) comprise the punk-pop group Damone.
Pino had been writing songs and making a musical name for himself in and around his native Boston during the late '90s, composing tracks about a girl who dumped him. Within a year or two, he, Hengst, and Vazquez were rocking out in each other's basements. One of their good friends had a sister who was also sketching out her own punk-inspired anthems. Once Pino, Hengst, and Vazquez met the shy, yet vocally confident Noelle, Damone was in full effect. Meshing a skatepunk snarl with crunchy metal licks, Damone inked a deal with RCA in 2002. Joint dates with the Juliana Theory
, the Ataris
, and Further Seems Forever
coincided the spring 2003 release of Damone's debut, From the Attic. Shortly thereafter, founding member Dave Pino quit the band; Damone was also let out of their contract with RCA. Guitarist Mike Woods was added to the punk rock fray by 2004, and Damone began writing songs for a second album. The Out Here All Night EP was self-released in fall 2005. Their spirited, arena-rock inspired second album, 2006's Out Here All Night, marked their first release for Island/Def Jam. Various tour dates with bands like Bullets and Octane
and the All-American Rejects
followed. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi