Nicki Kin--Lead Guitars
VAINS of JENNA formed in the small town of Falkenberg, SWEDEN in January 2005. Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Lizzy DeVine and bassist JP White had talked the previous summer about putting together a new band. Both had played in a group before and eyed a young teenage guitarist named Nicki Kin as the final piece to the line-up along with his classmate, drummer Jacki Stone. Kin and Stone graduated high school in 2005 and played in a band together since they were 12 years old.
During the summer of 2005, VAINS of JENNA was offered a chance to play the world-famous “Whisky-A-Go-Go” in Hollywood and after clearing it with their parents, decided to spend thousands of dollars to fly to California for the gig. They were offered the first slot out of 10 bands and performed at 4:00pm on Saturday July 30. They jumped at the chance and stunned the crowd with their raw energy, young bravado, and sleazy throwback appeal. Before dinner even started for most, their 10,000-plus mile journey to the land of the stars was over in a flash with a short 30-minute set. Or was it?
Four days later, the band was cutting tracks with Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist) at his Redrum Studios in North Hollywood. VAINS of JENNA returned to Sweden with more determination than ever, as their short six-month career had now taken a swift turn in the right direction. They spent the winter with rehearsals, writing sessions, live gigs and more recording time in the studio. The band supported most of Sweden’s hot up and coming rock bands like Crash Diet, Hardcore Superstar and Gemini 5.
In Spring of ‘06 VOJ toured Southern Europe and spent one month in the U.K. winning over critics and fans by night while playing gigs and sleeping in their van in an alley by day. In a review of their live show, the popular U.K. site Caught In The Crossfire noted, “…they’re unbelievably ace, spinning through a short but ludicrously high-energy set that combines all of the best elements of trashy rock ‘n’ roll like Aerosmith, Hanoi Rocks and of course, Guns N’ Roses played with complete conviction and not a hint of irony. Soon to be legends, mark my words!”
VAINS OF JENNA attracted the attention of skateboarding legend Bam Margera (also of MTV’s Viva La Bam and Jackass fame) who signed the band on the spot after seeing their bombastic live show. The band subsequently put the finishing touches on their self-produced debut full-length Lit Up-Let Down. Due out October 24 2006, Lit Up-Let Down will be the first release ever on Bam’s brand new label Filthy Note.
Look for VAINS OF JENNA to bring their surly, thrilling blatant guitar rock bravado to the U.S. this fall and beyond.
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