Strike the Mics is a 13-track LP that Vintage Blue independently released on February 14, 2012. The band enlisted producer Jamie Candiloro (R. E. M. , Ryan Adams, Red Wanting Blue) to guide the debut album. The album was recorded in Chicago, Illinois at Rax Trax Studios over the course of several weeks. The album was engineered, produced and mixed by Candiloro, and then mastered at Marcussen Studios by Stephen Marcussen. Based on pre-sales alone, the record would have cracked the Billboard Heatseekers 100, and sold over 1000 copies after only a couple of months.  Vintage Blue held a CD Release Party on January 21, 2012, at Subterranean in Chicago. The show was sold out and featured artists Elisa Grace and Ty Stone.