The band focuses intently on writing really good songs, quality musicianship, exciting live performances, and aggressive marketing and promotion. Recent dates at Southern California venues like the House of Blues, Viper Room, and the Galaxy Theater have routinely turned out large crowds, consistently outdrawing all other bands on the bill. As one of five nominees for Best Hard Rock Band at the 2004 Orange County Music Awards, Damage has raised more than a few eyebrows. Their single "What Is" ranked #13 out of over 15,000 rock songs all-time on Garageband.com, the largest independent music site on the internet. Headed by Sir George Martin, producer of the Beatles, Garageband.com was ranked best on the web by both the New York Times and Time Magazine. A few quotes about "What Is" from the site's independent reviewers:
"Tasty Effects & Soaring Vocal Perfection!!!
I liked this entire song! The production was great! The way the song jarred into the main body music was incredibly entertaining and effective! An obvious influence is Alice In Chains and the lead vocalist is able to pull it off remarkably! Powerful and strong sums up the vocal and musical performance. If this artist isn't signed already you soon will be! "
If I told you that this is one the coolest tunes that I've heard on this web-site. This leaves me pondering this, why aren't you signed to a major label?? This is absolutely incredible. The guitars, vocals, bass, drums are tight. You guys are definitely going places."
"Break on Thru!
Well done! The break into the main chorus is awesome! Great musicianship...Very original! "
Damage's popularity caught the eye of Ronnie King (The Offspring, No Doubt, Rancid, Pennywise, Tupac) who ended up producing Damage's debut CD, "Velocity", recorded in Hollywood, CA at The Mint Recording Studios in June 2004.
Michael Neufeld - Vocals, PRS guitars, Marshall and Mesa Boogie amps
Pete Rogers - MusicMan basses and amps
Veeken Tashjian - DW drums and percussion
Check out the artist's website:
1. Never The Same
2. Perfect Shade of Neutral
3. Take It or Leave It
5. Cryin' All The Time
6. What Is
7. The Show
9. Johnnie Walker
10. The Fall