The Vines

Craig NichollsGuitar, vocals1999-
Patrick MatthewsBass1999-
David OlliffeDrums1999-2001
Hamish RosserDrums2002-
Ryan GriffithsGuitar2002-

The Vines Artistfacts

  • Nicholls and Matthews met while working at a McDonald's in Sydney, Australia during their high school years. They had one thing in common - an obsession with Nirvana.
  • They are named after Nicholls' father's band from the 1960's - the Vynes.
  • Their first gig was at the Hurstville RSL Memorial Bowling Club. Hurstville is a suburb of Sydney.
  • Drummers Joey Waronker and Pete Thomas filled in for Olliffe after he quit during the recording of their debut album, Highly Evolved. Waronker has played with R.E.M. and Beck. Thomas was in the Attractions, Elvis Costello's backing band.
  • Fellow Australian Rosser was in a Kinks tribute band in Nevada when he answered an ad placed by the Vines looking for a new drummer.
  • Griffiths has been a friend of Nicholls' since their childhood.
  • They have been known to cover Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" in concert.
  • Nicholls has frequently shown signs of being a little weird. He'll lock himself in a bathroom for three hours before a show. He openly talks about suicide in interviews, and once kicked Matthews on the set of a UK TV show. He also smokes pot.
  • They don't like touring. Between 1994 and 1998, they played only a handful of shows. Still today, Nicholls wants to record more. He points out that Brian Wilson and the Beatles didn't have to tour, so why should the Vines?
  • Matthews was hoping to be a medical doctor, but chose the Vines instead. Although, he does read medical textbooks while on tour.
  • The Vines started off as a Nirvana cover band, before signing with Rex Records and recording their single "Factory," which was included on Highly Evolved (2002), their debut album. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mariah - Monroe, NY
  • Nicholls worked at a McDonalds to help pay for art school. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Daize - Pheonix, AZ
  • In 2004, Nicholls revealed that he has the neurobiologcal disorder Asperger Syndrome, which causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 17

  • Keriah from Naples, Fli'm obsessed with Nirvana too. they were and always will be the greatest band of all time I love Kurt Cobain. I dont know who The Vines are but since they like Nirvana I like them too
  • Gerrit from BelfastI have been diagnosed with Aspergers, and believe me: I have had nothing but abuse and hostile reactions. It is weird to read people want to marry Craig and see him as a god, while if he weren't famous he'd get lot of abuse and bullying for his 'weirdness'. Many of us 'Aspies' live a very troubled life, and the same people who mock and bully the everyday autist will at the same time adore Nicholls just for his fame. Double standards anyone?? I encourage awareness on autism spectrum disorders and obviously stand up for the rights of the autistic community, but accepting autism goes further than accepting the few celebrities that have it...
  • Jeri from Launceston, AustraliaAsperger Syndrome rocks. I know cos I have it. The crap we get from freaks and weirdos who think everyone has to be the same. That is the cause of Asperger rage. Craig rocks
  • Sara from Moved Too Many Times, MiI also feel bad about the Asperger Syndrome thing. it must suck alot. is that why he is constantly rubbing his ears during shows??? i read that people with AS are sensitive to sound. I almost saw them live once! I was SOOOOO excited, they were opening for Incubus But i didnt care because i only went to see them!!! we were walking around before the show and didnt see any merch but i blew it off and figured that we hadnt gotten to their stands yet. we went into the dark, sat at our seats, and waited for the show to start!!! I was so excited, i almst peed my pants!!! then...a man came over the microphone and said that The Vines had cancelled their U.S. tour for the whole summer. I cried. I was very angry with them for a long time afterwards, but ive forgiven them! Do they play local shows at all? Someday i'll see them, someday if they are still together when I move to Australia.
    Craig IS GOD
    Sex on legs rather
  • Angelica from Melbourne, Australia, Australiai think that craig nicholls is the hottest guy EVER!!!! and one day we'll get married! haha and i get so pissed off with the ppl that say he's a freak coz he smashes giutars and watever he's not weird or insane he just different and tallanted and gorjuZ!!!!! i love him 4 his so called *weirdness* no one ever says anything about those diks in slipknot who paint their faces like freaks and dont even sing they just sream and yell and hope that it sounds like their actually saying words!!! or about Brittney Spears and those other airhead bibos that have 2 sell their body image and use sex to get fans. at leats craig & the others r themselves and arnt afraid 2 express it!!!! luv u oxoxoxoxox GeLi
  • Megan from Adelaide, AustraliaMy most favourite band.
    How I love them and its been for over 2 years :D
    CAN NOT WAIT til their new albums out hehe Im very lucky to have experienced everything I have with the band.
    xooxoxox Long Live The Vines
  • Maddie from Katy, Txcraig is hot. i feel pretty bad about the whole asperger's syndrome thing. must really suck for him but mostly for hamish the drummer. i really hope they do come back to america soon!-american sheila
  • Andrea from Stockholm, SwedenI agree with you all. Hes the hottest guy ever made! My god why hasn't he called me?
  • Micah from Huntington Beach, Cathe vines are a great garage band. real unclassy
  • Lauren from Royal Oak, MiCraig Nicholls is a great guy. I think that pretty much covers it.
  • Legacy User from Legacy LocationI like their second album a lot better than the first one
    by:texan grl
  • Legacy User from Legacy Location Thats kinda weird openly proclaiming your love to a person that isnt aware of your existance...
  • Kercofa from Providence, RiCraig Nicholls is awful hot, though the rest of the band is also extremely attractive. I was hoping to rock out to you guys, but you cancelled your North America tour. That's okay though, I still love you guys. Their music is amazing, and very addictive. They're really talented, and I hope they never stop making their brillant music.
  • Alicia from Hamilton, CanadaI think The Vines are amazing! Craig Nicholls is the hottest looking guy in the world! This band should get some more credit, because they really know how to play. I know Craig is a monster stoner and he always seems to be getting himself into trouble but he is so adorable. I wish they haden't called off their summer tour with Incubus, this new fight may make or break their career. One day I'll be Mrs. Nicholls, oh I will find a way! Love ya! (and Craig)
  • Mariah from Monroe, NyCraig and the Vines rock! Highly Evolved and Winning Days are the greatest albums I've had the honor to hear, and I hope the Vines will continue to succeed. I <3 Craig Nicholls!!!
  • Johnno from Darwin, Australia"Highly Evolved" is one of the best debut records ever.
    Certainly a great live band too, especially in smaller venues... I've seen them in 2 small clubs in the past 4 years, and they were brilliant both times...
  • Heather from Manitowoc, WiCraig Nicholls is one of the biggest pot head rock stars I've ever seen. Great band though.
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