The Stampede plays Fat Wreck, Florida-style pop punk. The style built for kickflips and ollies. No surprise then that the bands roots go back to the Florida panhandle where college friends Phillip Nichols, Austin Mitchell and Shawn Kobayashi began playing the No Use For a Name influenced skate punk they grew up loving, while attending college at Florida State.
In 2008 the threesome moved to Austin without a bass player. Brandon Mallonee filled the missing slot after responding to a Craigslist ad and the band was soon playing shows at Austin’s beginner’s barn Red Eyed Fly.
“The first show we saw in Austin was Bankrupt and the Borrowers. James [Taylor, Giant Steps Productions] was playing drums, we heard he ran a booking company so we sent him a message on Myspace and he had us come play at Plush, this tiny dive bar he manages,” Mitchell says.
“Then [James] came to see us play at Beauty Bar. I think he was drunk but he told us he wanted to manage us,” Nichols adds. “We held him to it.”
Since then The Stampede has honed their sound and opened for a slew of amazing bands: Krum Bums, Born to Lose, The Anchor, The Choke, Native, Touche Amore, La Dispute, Artist vs Poet, The Riot Before, Nothington, Chase Long Beach, and more. A Gulf Coast tour this summer (to their native Florida and back) and recording sessions late this Fall follow.
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