Model American started in early 1995 with Tim Presley, Andy Granelli, and Ken Kirby, all high school students who met in San Mateo. All three of which had a deep love for early 80’s punk rock, and dreamed of having a band in the vein of their idols, Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, the Bad Brains, the Adolescents, etc… so that’s what they did. Soon guitarist Josh Stinson, and bassist Colin Page where added to complete the line-up. Model American started off playing any teen centers, quickly gaining a reputation for being a little too rowdy, and thus getting themselves banned from many venues through out the west bay area. Quickly word spread about the band and they soon started to play more established clubs, the Berkeley square held Model American’s first “real” show. As time wore on, the band started to gain popularity, playing with many large punk acts that would come through the bay area. The band, after a year of playing together, decided to record an album, which was done while the all the members where juniors in high school. It was eventually released on vinyl solution records, and soon after, re-released on Sessions Records. As time wore on, the band began to grow older, and line-up changes where made. Original bassist Colin was replaced by D.J. Patton, and founding member Ken Kirby was replaced by Josh Spataro. This was the beginning of the end for the band. Quickly thereafter, Andy started the Nerve Agents, with Tim, and Redemption 87 front man Eric Ozenne. Model American was quickly pushed to the back burner, but would continue to play on a semi-regular basis. Then in 1999, the band was dealt its final blow. They had a lawsuit brought upon them by a man who claimed that he owned the rights to the name. They where taken to court, and the man won. He only won because the court costs became too much for the band to pay. The man suing them was a lawyer himself, so it cost him nothing. Now, years later, Sessions Records is re-releasing the Model American record, under the name MAPS, which stands for Model American Playing Secretly, a moniker the band adopted to play in places they had been banned from. The title of the record will be “Model American.” The goal of the band now is to get their music out there, not to let adults come down on them, not to get bullied by their elders, and to stand for the thing they have always stood for, good fucking punk rock

Edited by juano77 on 22 Mar 2009, 21:24

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