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BLACK DAMP

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BLACK DAMP was formed in April of 2002.  In October of 2002 we played our first show.  It was a Halloween costume bash near Attica, Indiana.  We dressed as a band that had come to do business (see photo at left).  We played a solid 45 minute set with only one cover song (Tainted Love by Soft Cell).  We must have scared the shit out of the guests.  We cleared the room by the end of our first song.  We were loud, we were dark, and we were catchy as hell.  Imagine Black Sabbath belting out Tainted Love to a house full of bewildered guests.  Our mission, "KILLING POP MUSIC ONE FAN AT A TIME", had begun.
 
 
 
BLACK DAMP is:
Ray Stinson   (above left)    Drums/Vocals
Brian Boszor  (above center)  Guitar/Vocals
Karl Vaughn   (above right)   Vocals/Bass
 
 
 
 
 

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The band name BLACK DAMP was suggested by vocalist / bassplayer Karl Vaughn.  Karl was born and raised in Oak Hill, West Virginia.  West Virginia is one of the largest producers of coal in the United States.  Black damp is the term given to the build up of unbreathable carbon dioxide gas in unventilated coal mines.  Unwary coal miners who wandered into black damp often suffocated.  Many coal miners would take canaries in small wooden cages into the mines with them.  If the miners wandered into black damp, the canary would quickly suffocate, warning the miners to leave the area before they themselves would suffocate.  The canaries were highly regarded by the miners as martyrs helping to save the lives of men.  The canaries song was also highly regarded in the darkness and gloom of the coal mines.

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KILLING POP MUSIC ONE FAN AT A TIME

The band BLACK DAMP is the musical equivalent of the canary in todays music scene.  Our sound is a welcome departure from the darkness and gloom of the corporate music coal mines.  We are not afraid to become musical martyrs to save humankind from the suffocating monotony of corporate rock radio and video.  The canary is an important symbol of our committment to "KILLING POP MUSIC ONE FAN AT A TIME".