Seminary Villains started in 2011 by B.J. Rust (Troops) and Russ Kramer (Jack of All Trades, Avenue) on Seminary Road in Alton, IL. After a few setbacks and personnel changes, the duo tapped Nathan Wanger (Stimulus Package, Miss Lead) to play drums in the fall of 2012. In January of 2015 the group brought in Jeff Lagemann (Stimulus Package, Miss Lead, Sweet Dirt and Troops) to round out the band's rhythm section.
With the new line-up the band has not looked back, releasing the self titled debut album “Seminary Villains” and playing headlining shows in Alton IL and opening for national touring acts in St. Louis MO in support of its release.
Based on the foundation of Rock, Punk and Metal, Seminary Villains continues to build on their unique rock and roll sound, drawing from many different musical influences, namely, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Misfits, Black Flag, Metallica, Fu Manchu, Everclear, Nirvana and Pantera.
Kramer, on describing the Seminary Villains sound, said ” It’s a very dynamic band, sometimes it takes a hard-rock back bone with a punk face and sometimes it’s a punk back beat with some metal overtones. There are a lot of driving guitar riffs that weave in and out of Nathan’s beats. We try to write songs from the everyday experiences and let downs that everyone can relate to. “
In 2013, Seminary Villains were tapped to play the Exposed Music Festival’s “Wintour”, hosted by Jennifer “Jenncity” Arroyo of Kittie & Suicide City and also to open for Pro Skater and Viva La Bam star Bam Margera’s touring band “Fuckface Unstoppable". In 2014, Seminary Villains have opened for former Misfits frontman, Michale Graves as well as, the gold selling band, Tantric, up-and-coming punk band, Radkey and rap- rock band, (hed) pe. Seminary Villains are already writing new material for a follow up LP and are actively booking shows through the end of 2015.