The I Hate Kate front man first got hooked on the rush as a kid in elementary school when he rocked the talent show with Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.”
“I heard everyone cheer after playing and it was so cool,” Mauriello said. “So I started a band in 7th grade and haven’t stopped since.”
The band’s mix up of rock, punk, swing and a little bit of ska will be sending a sound wave over fans at Club Underground on Friday, Aug. 16. And, according to Mauriello, the stage in Reno is second to none for the band.
“It is one of our favorite places to play,” Mauriello said. “It was one of the first shows we had and got a fan base, so it kinda has a special place in our hearts. We have had some great shows there.”
I Hate Kate started in 2004 as four-member group that latched on to Mauriello’s hatred for a buddy’s ex-girlfriend named Kate.
“She was the most evil woman I have ever seen in my life,” Mauriello said. “I remember one night I go ‘wow, I really hate Kate.’ ”
The phrase started to roll off tongues and appear on t-shirts. A little while later Mauriello, Scott Hayden (bass) and Jeremy Berghorst (guitar) were traveling from their Huntington Beach, Calif., homes on tours across the U.S.
The band started their publicity push online, releasing "Bed of Black Roses,” "Always Something" and "Out of My Head" on their MySpace Web page. The band released its first EP in 2006 titled “Act One,” featuring a number of songs that had been previously released on their Web site.
In June 2006, the band signed with Glassnote Records, releasing their debut album, “Embrace the Curse.”
Recently the band went international, performing in Japan.
“There is nothing more rewarding than writing something in your bed and then going across the world and having people who don’t even speak your language singing along and saying that your music changed their lives,” Mauriello said.
The band members pride themselves on the energy in their live shows. Mauriello recalled one time when the crowd got so pumped that the floor broke. In another show, Mauriello recalled suffering from the tinges of a sore throat. He just could not go on, and he said that the crowd was, naturally, very angry.
“So, this kid came up and sang the rest of the set word for word verbatim and he sounded just like me,” Mauriello said. “It was incredible. He sang it note for note.”
While performing in Reno, Mauriello said that fans can expect a healthy dose of the band’s classics along with their sustained shot of stage energy.
“Our show is a lot of fun,” Mauriello said. “We have a lot of interaction with the audience. I think the overall message that we have is positivity. It is on the up and up. We are about not taking yourself so seriously and enjoying the world.”