Julian Tepper-bass, vocals
Max Tepper-vocals, guitar
Derek Vokins- drums
The Natural History started at the beginning of 2001 when Max Tepper and Derek Vokins realized they needed a little melody in their lives. Having played in post-math rock bands up until that point, Vokins and Tepper decided to change things up and focus more on the importance of the song. Elvis Costello, Kinks, and The Beatles were on top of their play list and bands like Wire and XTC got the guys excited. Their next band would be steeped in these influences. The time came to find a bass player.
Enter Max's brother, Julian. The two grew up in a musical household where it was not uncommon to hear the strumming of a guitar, the playing of a piano, or the sound of the needle hitting a record by Otis Redding or The Clash. Holidays often meant lip synching performances of "Start Me Up" or "Who Can It Be Now" to more than polite family members. Both Teppers shared the deeply ingrained love of a good hook. Less than a week after graduating college in June '01, Julian joined the band and the three started rehearsing.
An ep was recorded two weeks later at Marcata Recordings (run by members of NYC's The Walkmen (ex-Jonathan Fire*Eater)). The ep helped them book their first shows: a 10-day tour of the midwest. The next eight months saw the band playing as many shows as their day jobs would allow. Countless weekend trips to the midwest and the northeast were taken. In that time they were fortunate enough to share the stage with others like Liars, Radio 4, Les Savy Fav, and Blonde Redhead.
Several months later, The Natural History enlisted Greg Talenfeld (Pavement, Beck, Jonathan Fire*eater) to record their StarTime International debut. The five song ep was recorded in two days at Talenfeld's newly completed Stonehouse studios. May 1st the band will leave for a five-week national tour that will see them opening for French Kicks and Enon.