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710 OIL began when Chris Johnson stole Vincenzo Mastropasqua from a hardcore/death metal band. Then Ian Switz saw an ad in a music store for a band needing a lead guitarist, and within weeks was a member. Shortly thereafter, Les Moseley, a longtime friend and audio technician, was called upon to take over as bass guitarist.
In August 2007, they won the 100.5 MAX FM Battle of the Bands. In October of 2007, they released their first self-produced, full length album, No Name. In 2008, and 2009, they were nominated in Portfolio Weekly’s Hampton Roads Music Awards for Best Local Metal/ Hard Rock, and Best Live Performance. In 2011 they were nominated in the Veer Local Music Awards for Best Hard Rock, and Best Live Performance. They've shared the stage with several popular national acts such as Dokken, Apocalyptica, Steel Panther, Buckcherry, Hawthorne Heights, Lit, Otherwise, and Adrenaline Mob. And best for last, WINNERS of the 2010 Guitar Center/KISS Contest for Virginia Beach where they opened up the entire show at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater.
Every show combines great music with a stage presence that matches it. Simply put, no song sounds the same, yet each song sounds like 710 OIL.