The Great American Beast began their attack on listener’s ears in early 2008 when the defunct Dayton, Ohio band, The Red Affair, enlisted the help of fellow Dayton veteran, Nick Villars. With a sound best described as “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” meets “Animal House”, The Great American Beast’s only goal is to play kick ass tunes to kick ass kids in every kick ass city in the country.
Together, TGAB quickly wrote five songs and headed into the studio in early 2008 to record what would be their first five song EP “The Legend of Redwood”, a horror movie take on the children’s story, ‘Jack and Jill’. 2008 saw the band playing their first shows with Jesse Blair on guitar, Nick Villars on vocals, Kipp Adams on guitar, Andy Lazier on drums, Pete DiSalvo on bass and Ben Salmen on organ. They sold over 500 copies of their EP, playing shows with bands like Foxy Shazam, Miss May I, A Skylit Drive, Sky Eats Airplane and Every Time I Die.
The band geared up for their first national tour in May of 2008 and August saw the departure of long time keyboard player Ben Salmen. June of 2009 took the band into Random Awesome Studios in Saginaw, MI with Josh Schroeder producing what would become the band’s debut full length debut, “Domestic Blood”. In July of 2009, long time friend, Tim Baker took over guitar after Kipp Adams left the band. With the new line-up in place, TGAB is hard at work playing shows and positioning themselves to take over the world.
Speaking on the signing, Pete DiSalvo (Bass) said, “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my 25th birthday weekend than celebrating signing to Trustkill Records, a label that really shows that they want us as much as we want them. It’s a really nice feeling knowing that your band is appreciated by the people that matter.