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Chino, Los Angeles CA, United States (2004 – present)

Abe Vigoda was an , band based in Los Angeles, California but originally formed in Chino, California in 2004. They took their name from the actor Abe Vigoda most famous for appearing as Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on the sitcom television series Barney Miller from 1975-1977. They gained noteriety for their performances at . They have so far released three full length albums, the first of which, Skeleton, was released in the U.S on July 8th 2008 on Post Present Medium.

Abe Vigoda are the new LA punk secret weapon. Coming from a shattered and splattered background of no wave, pop, darkness and hope, Abe Vigoda brought forth a sound that is tempting and beautiful, yet melodic and tropical.

The first proper full length comes in the name Skeleton and is a twisted joy ride through the four boys private party. Soothing parts that remind you of Captain Beefheart and My Bloody Valentine, or some punk with a haunting reggaeton pulse that makes you move. When the record is done after a little more than thirty minutes, you are left feeling that there is something they are trying to tell you, on second listen it smacks you in the face… Abe Vigoda are here! Coming from the same team as The Smell champions No Age and Mika Miko, Abe Vigoda held a DIY attitude and lay all over the place whenever they can, bringing an instant vibe all their own.

They have since broken up. Michael now has a side project under his own name, (he released an album off of Big Joy Records). Juan Velazquez (guitar/synth) has started a new band known as Roses. David plays in a rad pop band called Dunes who are out on PPM.


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  • victimofkratina

    Saw these guys play with Wild Nothing.

    13 Sep 11:13pm Reply
  • clubanddeform

    can't believe Crush has been out for 4 years now... time flew

    4 Sep 1:53am Reply
  • cheezeybaines

    Just recently rediscovered this band. Reviver EP is where it's at. Be alive again.

    7 Jul 5:33pm Reply
  • ot63

    Can't wait for a new album. I also wanna see them live again. Great performers.

    23 Feb 4:48pm Reply
  • stauwehrsfreund

    Juan, the guitar/synth-player mentioned a new album for late 2013. but that was before the ROSES-project started to release songs on soundcloud. so... where are you [3]

    4 Jan 6:03pm Reply
  • blebbio

    hadn't listened to them in years. skeleton is a fantastic album and definitely one of the best in that wave of buzzbands. shame they switched their sound so much later on.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • soxinthebox

    Recommendations for albums like Reviver?

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • wiyam93

    where are you [2]

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DigiDan

    Fans of "Skeleton" era Abe Vigoda should check out Cold Pumas if you haven't already.

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rickysbutler

    For some reason, I expected something way more generic and boring and angry than what I'm listening to right now. This is fantastic.

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ridethefader

    Wikipedia entry says these guys broke up - no sources. Can anyone confirm? I will cry into my pillow every night for the rest of the year if this is true.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    Would really like Crush if not for the dance beats

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • davidhermens

    just noticed that Michael Vidal is playing a solo show in the bay area. is Abe on a break?

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Inuzini

    where are you

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • p0wer_v1olence

    We need a new album! Hopefully another one that's in the similar direction as Crush.

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • deadroll

    I found this band by chance, and I liked =)

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
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  • ln2x

    I need a new Kid City and a new Skeleton. What happened to them?

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
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    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • fromsoultosoul

    sounds much like xiu xiu

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
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