Dan Vapid & The Cheats is the latest project from singer/songwriter Dan "Vapid" Schafer, a veteran of the punk scene who has done time in the influential bands Screeching Weasel, Riverdales, The Methadones, Sludgeworth, Noise By Numbers, The Mopes, and the Queers.
Originally planned as a one-off show, Vapid and his former bandmates in The Methadones and Screeching Weasel took the stage at Chicago's Cobra Lounge on May 27th, 2011 to play a set of songs spanning his 20+ year career. The show was a success and after the overwhelming response from fans around the globe, Dan Vapid & The Cheats was born.
Since then the band has released a self-titled debut recorded by Justin Perkins, a second LP titled "Two" recorded by Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms), a split 7" with Masked Intruder, a split 7" with The Jetty Boys and recorded a song for "Our Lips Are Sealed" - A Tribute to the Go-Go's. In addition, the band has toured the US, Europe, and Canada, as well as playing Insubordination Fest, Riot Fest and Gainesville Fest.
A band that was formed as a one-off to celebrate the past is now an entity all it's own. If you are a fan of Vapid's back catalog or a fan of classic pop-punk and power-pop, this is a band that you don't want to miss.
Dan Vapid - vocals / guitar
Simon Lamb - guitar / backing vocals
Gabe Usery - drums
Dillon Dunnagan - bass
Mike Soucy - drums
Rick Uncapher - bass
Mike Byrne - guitar