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BIO

Virgin Mary Pistol Grip is an Omaha, Nebraska based band with a name derived from an old spaghetti western film. Described as 3AM manic poetry put to music, VMPG fuses a 70’s style rhythm section with early 90’s riff driven guitars. Poignant and heartfelt lyrics touch on ever-present issues such as suicide and drunk driving, to the complexities of love.

Encouraging interaction, sing alongs, and even a few rapid-fire jam session Polaroid photo shoots, Virgin Mary Pistol Grip elevates their audience to the same level of energy as their music. Frontman Jales Hupke radiates a natural vibrancy that reels in audiences from the first note to the last.

VMPG’s passion is not exclusive to the stage. The band has donated their time and talent in support of the Mid America Chapter of the National MS Society, non-profit food drives and benefit shows. Most recently, VMPG has started a mental health and suicide awareness campaign called Blue Fingernails – a trademark of the lead singer’s left hand.

Virgin Mary Pistol Grip started their career with a bang. The band released their first full-length, self titled album at their debut performance – ensuring the audience could leave with a physical copy of the music they had just heard (2013). Since that time, VMPG has gone on to receive praise and accolades, including a ‘New Artist of the Year’ nomination from the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (2015).

Continuous self-promoting led the band to collaborate with Los Angeles producer, Bob Marlette, on their follow up EP, Secret Codes (2017). Secret Codes was recorded at Omaha’s Make Believe Studios and at Blue Room Studios in Los Angeles.

Between live shows, relentlessly writing new music, and forever honing their craft, VMPG is excited to begin recording their next album in the spring of 2019.


JALES HUPKE | VOCALS & GUITAR
WYATT MASON | GUITAR
COLETON NARDUZZO | BASS
NICK HOLUM | DRUMS


HI-RES PHOTOS & IMAGES

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VIDEO & MUSIC

SOCIAL MEDIA

FACEBOOK: @VirginMaryPistolGrip
TWITTER: @vmpg13
INSTAGRAM: @VirginMaryPistolGrip
YOUTUBE: Virgin Mary Pistol Grip

CONTACT INFO

Jales Hupke
virginmarypistolgrip@gmail.com
402.980.4237

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Focus Omaha | Gen-X Battle of the Bands 2018 winner
  • Omaha Word Herald | Band of the Week
  • 89.7 FM The River | Featured Band
  • 2015 OEAA New Artist of the Year nominee
  • 2015 Omaha Film Festival | Album included in “Swag Bag”
  • OEAA Showcase Participant | 2015, 2016
  • Record Store Day, Recycled Sounds Acoustic Set | 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Benson Days 2016
  • Junkstock 2016

PRESS

Focus Omaha 9.12.18
Gen-X Band Battle Winner

Focus Omaha 8.29.18
Gen-X Band Battle

Focus Omaha 9.6.17
Secret Codes Album Release

Hear Nebraska 9.6.17
Secret Codes Album Release

Hear Nebraska 10.25.16
Secret Codes kickstarter campaign

OMAHA WORLD HERALD 06.09.2016
OEAA Summer Showcase 2016
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Hear Nebraska 11.04.2015
“Rocking Chair” Live Video Release

The Reader 10.13.2015
Featured Band

Ida County Courier 07.08.2015
From My Backyard
by Doug Clough

HEAR NEBRASKA
06.08.2015
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OMAHA SCENE 05.22.2015
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Omaha Film Festival 03.11.2015
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HEAR NEBRASKA FEATURE: “Whiskey Flats” Video Premiere 02.03.2015
“a breathy and vulnerable take on Americana road-rock” ~ Hear Nebraska

OMAHA WORLD HERALD 11.06.2014
“The standout song is “Whiskey Flats,” a strummy tune with a bit of a country flair that sounds like the Eagles cranking up the distortion, with singer/guitarist Jales Hupke’s voice being a near-perfect reflection of The Samples’ Sean Kelly.” ~ Kevin Coffey, OWH

OmahaDispatch 09.15.2014
New Event Group Debuts
by MarQ Manner

 

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