The Vines Will Continue Onward

Published: 2004-11-24
One of the greatest revelations to ever befall the music world happened five days ago. While many thought Vines singer Craig Nicholls eccentric behaviour was due to copious amounts of drugs, it was revealed in a Sydney Courtroom that he actually has Asperger Syndrome. The disorder is a mild form of autism, which means that those afflicted have a lack of social and communication skills, among other things.

Although the diagnosis makes the reasons for Nicholls' oft-discussed behaviour understandable, many of The Vines' fans are still left wondering what will now happen to the Australian band. Through a statement via their website (, the band's management assures that The Vines have not broken up, and will continue to write and record new material. In fact, the quartet is currently working on their third full-length album - the follow-up to the March 2004 album 'Winning Days'.

However, because people who have Asperger Syndrome dislike changes and prefer a familiar routine and environment, The Vines will never again have the touring schedule that most bands are stuck with. Speaking to NME, Vines manager Andy Kelly explained: "They will never, ever tour like they did before, and playing shows is probably the last thing that will be worked out, really. They've got enough songs that they're happy with and they feel ready to make an album; once that's done is probably when they think about how they want to do shows or if they want to do shows."

In light of Nicholls' AS diagnosis, it becomes obvious why the band has always had so much trouble when it comes to touring. Most recently The Vines backed out of an opening slot of Incubus, which would have seen the band play a massive amount of North American dates.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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i was shocked as soon as i read the article yeah craig acts weird and wild especially onstage but i never thought he has some kind of syndrome... it's just so sad to know that... i'm a big fan and their music is awesome... i just hope that it will not affect their music or their relationship with each another.
Posted by: Anonymous on November 26, 2004
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