Villain of the Story


Villain of the Story is a 5 piece band based out of Minnesota that was put together from the minds of Sam Fassler (ex We are the Blog! / Insomniac) and Andrew Bart (ex Out Came the Wolves). They hand picked Christian Grey (vocals), Logan Bartholomew (vocals/bass), and Cody Pauly (guitar) to form the band. 

The then incomplete band went into the studio with Johnny Franck (ex Attack Attack!) in October of 2013, to record 2 singles. When they returned home they added Sam “Bonnie” Bonati on drums.

Villain of the Story had their debut show opening for Alesana on the MN date of “The Decade Tour”, March 29th, 2014. 

After receiving some positive feedback off the 2 singles, VOTS decided to go back into the studio in early April 2014 to record an EP.

While recording the EP, they recorded a cover of NSYNC’s “Pop”, which debuted on Johnny Franck’s personal YouTube channel June 18th. 

On May 11th, the band opened for the likes of Dance Gavin Dance and Capture the Crown as part of the MN date of “The Acceptance Speech Tour”. 

After their second show, Sean Wayne was added on bass in order for Logan to move to vocals. The new VOTS landed a spot on the MN date of “The Allstars Tour 2014” opening for bands such as I See Stars, The Acacia Strain, and Like Moths to Flames.

Bonnie left the band in early August due to personal and musical differences, before the band shot their first music video. The video was done by Jeremy Tremp for their next single “A Life Worth Living”. The song premiered on September 14th, 2014.

Villain of the Story began working with FIVEONETHREE / Bobby Kalton in early 2015, and were booked to open for Suicide Silence on the “Stronger Than Faith Tour”, March 1st in Minnesota.

Cody Pauly left the band for personal reasons prior to the band’s debut EP release, and was replaced by Michael Ivers before opening for Suicide Silence.  

VOTS officially released their long awaited debut EP “The Prologue” on March 3rd, 2015, while making physical copies available to those who attended the Suicide Silence show days prior.

The band then opened the MN date of the “Zombie 5 Tour” with The Devil Wears Prada, Sleepwave, and Secrets on May 8th, 2015.

In July 2015, VOTS landed a spot on the Minnesota date of Van’s Warped Tour after winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands Competition, and were estimated to have pulled the largest attendance for the Ernie Ball stage that day.

On October 7th, 2015 the band released their music video for “The Phantom”, off “The Prologue” EP.

After returning to the studio and recording 3 new songs, the band released “Break the Chains” on January 4th, 2016 as it’s own release.

In March 2016 the band hit the studio with Johnny Franck once again to record their first full length album.

The first single from the album, “Dragon Sickness”, premiered on August 1st 2016.

In September 2016 Villain of the Story signed with Stay Sick Recordings, and released the second single off their record, “Promise Me.” Following the signing led to the announcement of the band’s first ever tour dates with fellow SSR artist Vesta Collide, for December 2016.

After two short runs across some of the midwest & east coast, Villain of the Story opened the last 11 shows of I Prevail’s “Lifelines Tour” in March 2017 in support of their album “Wrapped in Vines, Covered in Thorns” which was released on March 3rd, 2017.

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