October 16, 2012


Vines Singer Craig Nicholls Arrested for Punching Mother, Injuring Cop

Paul McConnell
Paul McConnell

In an incident sure to sully many a family reunion, the Vines frontman Craig Nicholls was arrested and accused of assaulting his parents after a violent domestic episode, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Nicholls is accused of punching his mother twice in the head and causing injury to a policeman during the scuffle. "A police officer suffered grazes, cuts and bruises to both elbows and knees," said an inspector. Nicholls was charged with two counts of domestic assault, stalking or intimidation, resisting arrest and "assault occasioning actual bodily harm."

At the height of Strokes-influenced scuzz-rock in the early 2000s, the Australian band was hyped in the U.S. for their Beatles-meet-Nirvana sound. A string of erratic shows and appearances, though, possibly caused by Nicholls' battle with Asperger's Syndrome, derailed the band and relegated them to "They're still around?" status stateside. Future Primitive, their fifth studio album, was released in 2011.

Nicholls' parents took out an Apprehended Violence Order against their son, an injunction issued to a person who fears future violence from an accused assailant. The singer is due in court tomorrow.