Posted June 17, 2006

DEATH BY STEREO AND THE ROAD THAT GOES ON FOREVER

American hardcore punks Death By Stereo took their name from a scene in the movie "The Lost Boys". In 1998, Death By Stereo signed to Indecision Records and released its first album the following year. Shortly after the release of the band's Indecision debut, Dan Palmer (formerly of Southern California hardcore band Eyelid) joined. In the winter of 1999, while Death By Stereo was on the road with Straight Faced and Ignite, Brett Gurewitz of Epitaph Records approached them, interested in signing the band. 2000 saw the band sign to Epitaph. In January of 2001 Epitaph released the band's second album, "Day of the Death". Since the release of "Day of the Death", Death By Stereo has gone on to release two more full-lengths: "Into the Valley of Death" and its most recent album, "Death for Life".

Known for blurring the lines between punk rock, hardcore and metal, Death By Stereo's sound is noted for its originality in a scene that some say has become stagnant in recent years. The band's sound has also evolved over time, with "If Looks Could Kill I'd Watch You Die" leaning more in the direction of punk rock/hardcore, while later albums (including Death for Life) bring more metal elements to the mix. ROYA BUTLER interviewed guitarist Dan Palmer prior while Death by Stereo was on the road in the US, prior to their Australian tour being announced.


What's changed about the band, the members, and your music since your inception?

We've gone through a few drummers, guitar players, and bassist, its hard touring as much as we do to have people to want to stay committed. Our music constantly evolves and we have been taking more risks since we first started out.

Tell me about your tour and your new album (who produced it, where did you record it, what are your favorite songs to play on it)...

We are currently doing some West Coast shows to get up to Canada. We are doing a festival tour there called Frostbite. We then go to Europe for a month with Himsa and The Banner. Our new record is called "Death for Life" and is out on Epitaph Records. We recorded that in Los Angeles with a team of producers called "The Factory". Our favorite songs to play on it are "This Curse of Days" and "Give My Life".

How did the title "Death for Life" come about?

The title came about from us just giving up our lives to do this band. We aren't home very often and we don't see our friends and family enough. Our lives are pretty much this band.

What specifically do you like about "This Curse of Days" and "Give My Life"?

I like playing the guitar solos in "This Curse of Days" and the chorus in "Give My Life".

What cities have you toured so far on this tour and what are you happy about/unhappy about in this tour?

We've just done San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara so far. I'm unhappy about the cold weather but happy about the good shows.

Any chance of you touring Europe this summer, are you hitting this year's Warped Tour?

We will probably go back to South America this summer and maybe Australia. We might do some of the Warped Tour, but that is still up in the air right now.

Wow... which is better, Australia or South America? And why? What do you notice about the venues in each place? And what do you notice that's different with the fans in those places versus American fans?

We haven't been to Australia yet but South America is amazing. Best shows we've probably ever played. The fans down there have a lot more energy than the American fans. They definitely appreciate you more, but it's always great to be back home in the States.

Death by Stereo Australian tour: June 18 - Hi Fi, Melbourne; June 20 - Unibar, Adelaide; June 21 - The Foundry, Cannington WA; June 22 - Prince of Wales, Bunbury WA; June 23 - Capitol, Perth; June 25 - University of Canberra

Contact Death By Stereo: http://www.deathbystereo.com/

Important Death By Stereo related links:
Epitaph Records: http://www.epitaph.com/
Indecision Records: http://www.indecisionrecords.com/


ROYA'S QUICK-FIRE REVIEW:

DEATH FOR LIFE (Epitaph)- Death by Stereo
Undefined by genres - straddling the line between hardcore, punk and metal - Death by Stereo comes out strong once again with Death for Life. Death For Life crosses over completely into full-blown metal, with ballads in-between, leaving room for introspection. "Forever and a Day," vocalist Efrem Schultz states, "is about friendship and always being there through the best and the worst, the dark and the light."

Their album kicks off first with their fast and furious riot "Binge/Purge," which features expressively tenacious guitar lines by Dan Palmer and Tito. "It's a song that deals with the world and all the bullshit that is constantly shoved down our throats," says Shultz. "Everyone feeds
off of this violence, apathy and ignorance. We want to purge it all out."

In whole, this album is incredibly recorded with lyrical craftsmanship. The songs are relentless in their refusal to settle for nothing less than absolutely quenching our thirst for metal masterwork. - Roya Butler

 

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