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Hello, my name is Joe Lamore, also known as Vermin & the Beachrat. I have been involved with writing and playing music from a young age, like many other artist. I started out on the accordion in 2nd grade, as I wasn't allowed to get a drum set till I saved my own money. I bought my own drum set in 5th grade, we were living in Waltham, MA. at this time. We moved from Waltham to Sudbury, MA. in 1968, I was going into 8th grade,12 years old, and certainly did not want to move.
I met a lot of new friends, quickly, as on the first day we moved in I was in the front yard throwing a football in the air and catching it, that’s when Craig pulled into my driveway on his bike and said “ Hey, you want to play football “ I said “ Oh Yeah “ ran in and told my Mom and away I went, it was the end of July and by the time school started I sure didn’t feel like the new kid, I was friends with everyone I had been playing football with.
I was playing the drums then and the lunch lady's son was starting a band and needed a drummer. So my Mom would help me pack all of my drums into her car, and drive me to Maynard for band practice and then come back after practice to pick up my drums and me every Saturday for 3 months. I would practice in my bedroom and one day Scott and Steve told me that they would hang outside and listen to me play, Scott asked me “ Do you want to play in another band “ I thought, well, it would be a lot closer to home and Mom won't have to drive me, I said “ Sure “ so I started out on the drums but quickly learned they had 3 drummers that would sit in here and there, all friends. One day Scott said “ Joe, you need to learn how to play guitar “ I asked “ Can you teach me “ and he did. I would play on a Cort Guitar that the strings were so hard to press down that my fingers would bleed. Scott said " You need a real guitar " so the next day we went and saw Fran Caruso at the Sudbury Music Center. Fran was great, I got an ARIA semi-hollow body guitar that was a dream to play and I could pay him weekly what ever I could. I learned quickly and we started playing at Parties around Town and then we were asked to play for our friend Jay’s Benefit Concert. Scott and I went to a meeting with the other bands that would be performing at the concert. The first thing we were asked by Greg was “ What’s the name of your band “ Scott and I just looked at each other and told him “ We don’t have a name “ Greg then named us “ The Dutton Road Band “
After High School the band split up as some friends went of to college, Scott was playing in a few cover bands and I had started to write original music.
I started a new band in 1985 with Conrad Caia one of the drummers from Dutton Road band and also one of my best friends. Ken Nelson, another one of our friends joined us and played Bass guitar, we called him Mr. Wizard with his homemade light shows and smoke effects. John Vicaire was from Berlin MA. the youngster of the group and a fantastic guitar player. One day Conrad came into practice and said " I have a name for the band, " Beachrats “ We had a lot of fun and played in many clubs in the New England area. We made two studio recordings, the first was in Leon Russel’s Recording Bus in 1986, and the second studio recording was at Long View Farm in North Brookfield, MA. This studio was popular for having recorded bands such as “ The Rolling Stones “ and “ The J. Geils Band “ along with “ Aerosmith “ and many other popular bands, well, popular back then. We recorded a 4 song demo and passed them out to family and friends asking them to pick there favorite song “ The Wiser Man “ won the vote and can still be heard on streaming services under “ Vermin & the Beachrat “ I got married in 1989 and Conrad moved to Cape Cod.
In the years that followed I played in a few Cover Bands. I worked for a cable company and we formed a band called “ 10dB Down “ we picked this name because the Data carrier was 10 dB lower than the video carrier. We stayed together for a few years and played many parties until my good friend and co-worker Greg, passed from Cancer.
I had started to play solo acoustic parties for Family Gatherings and Graduations when the bass player from 10dB Down contacted me, Billy Bass had started a new band and they needed another guitar player, so I agreed to play only until they found someone that could replace me. This band was named
“ Five Hole Band “ and we played in many, many clubs in the Worcester area. We played cover songs and party music and would fill many clubs to their capacity. I played in this band for three years, my Mom was now living with us and my wife’s Mom was also living with us, along with having a day-care. The band was playing out three weekends a month, I had to leave the band as my time was needed more with family, and really, I was only filling in.
In 2009 I started writing songs again, and released my first solo CD “ Crossin the Line “ I had to think of a Band name, I first checked out Beachrats, but another band had taken the name. One of my best friends would call and always say the same thing, funny, he still does, whenever Bausk calls I hear “Vermin, what you doing“ so I thought I’m only one Beachrat now, so I became “ Vermin & the Beachrat “
“ Crossin the Line “ was my first release in 2010 – A seven song EP that is still on streaming services, “ Lock, Stock, and Barrel “ was well received.
This was followed up with my second CD “ My Fantasy “ also a 7 song EP, it was released in 2014 and received many streams and some press for the song “ All in this Together “
I took a break from music for a few years as we had many family matters to tend to.
In 2019, I was asked to play at a couple of family gatherings, so I started playing again and writing songs once again. It was 2020 during COVID when I wrote “ Dream of You “ a song about missing the people you love. I put together a “LIVE SHOW“ on Twitch and Zoom for the song release “Dream of You” on May 5th, 2020 I had started writing songs again and during the Live Shows I wrote and played “ One Last Chance “ I received a lot of request for both songs so I started working on my 3rd CD release “ One Last Chance “ with a Release Date of April 7th, 2021, a new 7 song EP. The single “ My Cherished Memories “ was released on February 19th, 2021 along with the You Tube Video.
The New Song " Dinner by Candlelight " was Released on October 15, 2021 on all streaming services. We had a lot of fun filming the video with family and friends, the video was released on October 22, 2021 on You Tube.
The Summer of 2022 has been very busy so far, with everyone wanting to get out and just go somewhere and this Beachrat is going places too, my next Open Mic will be Thursday at MEDUSA in Hudon, Ma. I try to get there early and should play 3 songs or so between 6 - 7pm. I've also started putting them on Facebook Live.
So that’s it, the story of Vermin & the Beachrat right up to the present day,
Truly I Thank You for Following the Magical, Musical, Journey of
Vermin & the Beachrat