Chronic Vitality is an exciting rock band that is dedicated to putting on an amazing show and getting the entire audience to get on their feet and dance. From Pinole, CA, the band plays all different styles and generations of rock, from classic to alternative to harder rock. CV began in the summer of 2010 with the goal of bringing back the excitement of rock and roll to modern-day audiences. The band is different from most rock groups because of their multifaceted use of piano, organ, and saxophone.
They released a demo CD on August 22, 2011. On February 19, 2012, they won Gorilla Music’s Battle of the Bands at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA in front of a huge audience. CV has been featured in two magazines: Punk Globe and FanBase Music; and on November 11, 2012, released their first album of all original music called "On Our Own." Playing many shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Davis, San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Southern California, Salt Lake City, and the Pacific Northwest, the band has developed a very loyal fan base and always draws a large crowd. Be prepared to rock out and dance all night long when CV is playing!
Michael Mann started a band in the summer of 2010. 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; The Professor 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, The Professor 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 with Jonathan Youngs taking over the sax role for this gig. 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”. The band traveled to Southern California in July 2013, playing such venues as the Viper Room and Whiskey A Go Go; and toured the Northwest that December, bringing their music to Eureka, Corvallis, Seattle, and Portland. This past July, the band traveled to such cities as Salt Lake City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Modesto, and Sacramento. Chronic Vitality is currently working on new music and trying to get people dancing in towns they have never played before!