Washington Social Club


The members of Washington Social Club are Martin Royle (guitar, vocals), Olivia Mancini (bass, back-up vocals), Randy Scope (drums, vocals), and Evan Featherstone (guitar, back-up vocals). Mancini and Royle met and began playing music together while studying at Vassar. When Mancini decided to move from upstate New York to her native Washington, D.C., it wasn't long before her music-making pal, Royle, followed her south. The two practiced in Mancini's apartment for a month before running a drummer-wanted ad. A ferocious drummer from Detroit, Scope, answered the call and was asked to join the band after the second song he played with them.

From their first gig (facilitated by Mancini's dentist), Washington Social Club's incendiary live shows became hallmark. Combining riotous abandon with manic punk energy, delicious grooves, addictive pop melodies and original arrangements, the band won fans and acclaim before recording their first demo.

Washington Social Club began touring nationally and playing with, among others, Electric Six, Hot Hot Heat and Stars. By August 2003, the band brought in D.C.-area guitarist Evan Featherstone (formerly with the Throwing Stars and Zoothead) to complete the band. Just a few months later, the band recorded their debut LP Catching Looks, which quickly caught the attention of Dylan Magierek- of San Francisco's Badman Recordings- who immediately signed them.