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Nerf Herder

Nerf Herder
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California Current Label: Unsigned or Unknown Websites: Official Website
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Band Members: Parry: vocals, guitar
Charlie: bass
Steve: drums
Linus: guitar, keyboard

Nerf Herder Bio:

Nerf Herder is a pop punk band from Santa Barbara formed in 1994 by Parry Gripp (vocals, guitar), Charlie Dennis (bass) and Steve Sherlock (drums). They describe themselves as a "nerd rock" band, and are known for simplistic modern punk-style songs with frequently humorous, juvenile and pop-culture-referencing lyrics. They are most noted for composing the theme tune to the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and for their 1997 single "Van Halen", a parody tribute to the band of the same name, which attracted significant radio airplay and led to their first major record deal with Arista Records.

Charlie left the band after the release of their debut self-titled album, and was replaced first by Pete Newbury, with Dave Ehrlich also joining as a second guitarist. Newbury's tenure touring with the band was short-lived, however; he in turn was replaced with Justin Fisher.

During 1999 Nerf Herder asked to be let go by Arista, (anticipating a long and slow wait until eventually being dropped) to record a new record How To Meet Girls with Honest Don's Records, a subsidiary of Fat Wreck Chords. A special EP for My Records (run by Joey Cape from Lagwagon) entitled My EP, was released in 2001, and was followed in 2002 by their album, American Cheese.

In April 2003, Nerf Herder appeared as the musical guest in the final-season Buffy episode "Empty Places" – the very last band to play at The Bronze. Their special connection to the series was further acknowledged by a bit of dialogue, as "Rock City News" played in the background:

Kennedy: What kind of band plays during an apocalypse?
Dawn: I think this band might actually be one of the signs.

By 2003, after the final American Cheese tour dates - during which time Ben Pringle (now of The Rentals) had replaced Fisher (who had left amicably to front his own band, Psoma) - the band disintegrated. No official split was announced, but a post by Gripp on the band's website some time afterwards detailed how most of the former band members had gone on to get "proper jobs." Gripp did some work as a jingle writer, which led to his 2005 solo album For Those About To Shop, We Salute You - a 52-track concept album mimicking various musical styles and focusing on product commercialization.

In late 2005, Nerf Herder made a surprise comeback, announcing on their website that they were playing a handful of gigs with the original lineup of Parry, Charlie and Steve. For Parry's May 7, 2007 review of the day, he announced that the original lineup had finally finished recording their 4th album, which did not have a title at that time. Parry stated that he wanted the title to be "Brownerton," but that idea was shot down. Parry also stated that of the 13 songs recorded, they would probably pick 10 to be on the album. In June 2007, the band decided on the title "Nerf Herder IV," and the album was released through Oglio Records on April 29, 2008. Former Size 14 singer Linus of Hollywood joined the live band (playing guitar and keyboard) in early 2008 for a series of West Coast shows and a short tour of Japan.

The song "High Five Anxiety" was featured on the soundtrack for Major League Baseball 2k7 made by 2k Sports. "Mr.Blue Sky" was used in the end credits of the Channel 4 Documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle in 2007.

Parry Gripp did a children's song called "Do you like waffles?"

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