Michael Mann started a band in the summer of 2010 with the goal of bringing back the power of rock and roll to modern-day audiences. He decided to get a group of friends together to play some cover songs in the backyard on his birthday. His brother, Garrett Mann, was on drums; Aryien Shapiro on bass; Eric Robertson played guitar; a group of friends, Robert, Rizal, and Willa played horns; and Michael sang and played rhythm guitar. This was a fun, but in no way serious project...but it was the start of Chronic Vitality.
The following year, they kept practicing together and performed frequently at Cafe Soleil in El Sobrante. After an open mic night, the restaurant liked them so much that they were invited back to do official gigs by themselves. This is when the band first started going by ‘Chronic Vitality’. More and more gigs started coming along which required more dedication. This caused many members to leave the band. Kentin Cantwell joined CV on bass, Aryien switched to lead guitar, and Ethan Visconti was left on sax.
At the end of 2011, CV was playing at many community events in the Bay Area and house parties in Davis. The band had established themselves as a great party band and, for the first time, they were writing their own original music. They recorded a demo with their friend Alan Oller in his home studio, DogBark Studios, and released it on August 22, 2011. It had three songs on it: early versions of “Me And You”, “Join”, and “Miss Sinclair”. Alan was able to hook them up with some magazine interviews in ‘PunkGlobe’ and ‘FanBase Music‘. A music video of “Miss Sinclair” (demo version) was also made by his friend in South America.
On December 11, 2011 Chronic Vitality won Gorilla Music’s Battle of the Bands Preliminary Round at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. Jonathan Youngs took over the sax role for this gig, marking the first time the current members of CV played together. On February 19, 2012 they won the Battle of the Bands Finals at the DNA Lounge. The band then worked throughout the summer on their first album (re-recording the previous three songs and adding six more) and released the album, titled “On Our Own”, on November 11, 2012.
Over the past year, Chronic Vitality has continued to play in local bars and clubs in the Davis and San Francisco areas promoting “On Our Own”. They toured Southern California in July, playing such venues as the Viper Room and Whiskey A Go Go; and toured the Northwest in December, bringing them to Eureka, Corvallis, Seattle, and Portland. Chronic Vitality is currently working on new music and trying to get people dancing in towns they have never played before!