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This Los Angeles based group began mainly from the effort of Olivia Parriott, a Los Angeles native, guitarist and keyboard player in early 2000. CalArts student and vocalist Andrienne Pearson joined forces with guitarist Jen Gillaspy, a native of Indiana who relocated to the West Coast. The original drummer was Parriott's brother while the band played at frat parties and campus showcases. Jed Parriott was soon replaced by drummer Jenny Vassilatos and Radio Vago performed its first show at The Garage. Initially a noise rock group, the band added former Sweet 16 bass player Nicole Fiorentino. Learning as they went along, the band members drew influence from Devo, Joy Division, L7 and Smashing Pumpkins among others. In 2002, Radio Vago released its debut effort, a split 7" recording with The Kitchen Solution. Another 7" split with Squab was also released that year. In November 2002, Radio Vago released its debut E.P., Black And White Photo Enterprise on Buddyhead Records. The group have performed with various groups, including The Fallen and The Icarus Line.