Everybody Violet

Heather Vorwreck: Cello, Violin | Joey Miller: Drums | Carina Burns-Randolph: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Kristi Maddocks: Vocals | David Flemminger: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards | Kristin Martin: Bass guitar, Vocals

Genre: Rock

Sound description: Mod girls gone wild.

RIYL: The Blues Gangsters, Burlap & Pearl, Café Du Nord, the Runaways, Suzi Quatro, Lita Ford, Bikina Kill

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Inception: San Diego, 1980

Influences: The Runaways, Joan Jett, Suzi Quatro, the Morlocks, the Crawdaddys, the Tell Tale Hearts, Noise 292, the Injections


San Diego’s enduring all-girl post-psychedelic/60s punk band from the mid 1980s, Everybody Violet was an all-girl band which formed at the end of the punk, mod and psychedelic era in San Diego, cued by the dispatch of the notorious Morlocks to San Francisco and the waning of what has been recently been coined “The Che Underground.”

The high-spirited and intelligent girls in Everybody Violet insisted on performing sets of all-original music, which was unusual for bands of their genre. In a very short course of time, EV had gained the attention of local critics, as well as renowned Los Angeles record producer and promoter Greg Shaw, who showed interest in signing the band to his indie label.

Unfortunately, the girls were young and, before they had the wisdom to record a record with Shaw in 1986, the group disbanded. Many of the women moved to San Francisco and even worked together on EV projects and jazz or cabaret acts into the 1990s. Some of them would not speak again until winter of 2008, when Kristi Maddocks celebrated the recovery of a massive brain injury and called many old dear friends together to celebrate life.

In 2009, over 22 years since the band worked together in any form, Everybody Violet reunited with three original members: drummer Joey Miller (Noise 292, the Injections); guitarist/vocalist Carina Burns-Randolph; and lyricist and lead singer Kristi Maddocks (the Blues Gangsters, Burlap & Pearl, Café Du Nord). The new additions included music aficionado David Flemminger on guitar, keyboards, and arrangements (the Answers, the Mirrors, Lemons are Yellow, Blues Gangsters), Kristin Martin on bass and vocals (Noise 292, Lemons Are Yellow), and classically trained Heather Vorwreck on cello and violin (the Comeuppance).

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