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Churchville, Pennsylvania (1999 – 2008, 2009 – present)

The Starting Line is an American band that formed in 1999 in Churchville, Pennsylvania. The band consists of Kenny Vasoli (vocals, bass), Matt Watts (guitar), Mike Golla (guitar), Brian Schmutz (keyboards, vocals) and Tom Gryskiewicz (drums). Having four studio albums under their belt, the band are best known for their 2007 rock radio hit “Island” as well as their popular 2002 single “The Best Of Me”. In 2008, the band began a hiatus, which was recently ended. Vasoli is currently focusing on his side project Person L. Tom is currently recording with his new band, Cheap Seats, with Matt as their manager. Mike also has a side project, The Traded Series. The band recently played two shows on December 29-30, 2009 in Philadelphia at the Trocadero Theater, where Kenny Vasoli announced the band has reunited.

In 1999, the band that would become The Starting Line was initiated in Churchville, Pennsylvania via an AOL instant message from guitarist Matt Watts to vocalist/bassist Kenny Vasoli. It asked if the then fourteen-year-old Vasoli, who was at that time in a band called Smash Adams, was interested in “Jamming and shit”, as the message title read. Only a few weeks later, Vasoli found himself rehearsing with his future bandmates Watts, guitarist Mike Golla and drummer Tom Gryskewicz. Soon, the band started touring under the name Sunday Drive, selling out home-made merchandise and a self-recorded demo cassette titled Four Songs. Their first official release was a three-way split with The Jimmy Tuesday Band and The Commercials contributing three songs each, released on KickStart Audio in 2000.

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