"We do what we want, how we want, whenever we want."
The Sex Tape Scandal is a post-alternative metal band from Chino, CA. Taking influences from 80's glam metal, classic hard rock, and modern hardcore, the two founding members, Benji Zamora (lead guitarist) and Aaron Zuniga (drummer) embarked on their quest to challenge how modern rock is perceived versus how it should be.
Originating in the summer of 2007, the two were introduced by a mutual friend.... They struggled over the next few years as line-up changes plagued their ability to create and move forward. Betray the Faith, as they were called, dissolved shortly thereafter leaving Zamora and Zuniga back at square one.
In January of 2011, bassist Jimmy Lee was introduced by another mutual friend. Lee, whos real name is Jonathan C. Cheung, had experience in several progressive metal and hard rock bands. He quickly took a liking to the two. His raw and gritty playing style combined with his flamboyant stage appearance was exactly what the band was lacking. Together they re-wrote many of the original songs and incorporated heavier, more-aggressive bass riffs into newer material. With new songs and a new look, Lee soon convinced the band to also change the name to something less predictable and more provocative. The Sex Tape Scandal was born. The three were soon showcasing their instrumental-only originals at local bars. The search was on for a singer.
After over a dozen auditions and local shows, a mutual friend introduced an aspiring audio engineer named Corey Creeps in late April of 2011. The guys immediately took a liking to Creeps' seemingly twisted lyrical content. With his high level of confidence, and versatile vocal range, they were able to start playing shows within just days of meeting each other.
Over the next three months, The Sex Tape Scandal forged their signature sound and played over 50 live shows throughout the Inland Empire and parts of Orange County. Armed with several well-written originals, a handful of covers, and a newly-released demo, they quickly established a name for themselves as the loud, rude, no-nonsense, anti-hipster, ass-kicking bad boys of the local rock scene. The days of sex, drugs, and Rock 'n Roll were back and headbangers quickly rejoiced. With audacious lyrical content, edgy guitar licks, thunderous bass lines and heart-racing drum beats, The Sex Tape Scandal proved that they were here to stay and the Inland Empire was theirs for the taking.