Death by Stereo (commonly referred to as DBS among their many fans) are a hardcore punk band that were formed in Orange County, California. They were actually put together in 1996 by frontman Ethan Schulz, who sings vocals. Members have come and gone over the years but as of 2018, Ethan is joined by Dan Palmer on guitar, JP (commonly referred to as DBS among their many fans) are a hardcore punk band that were formed in Orange County, California.
They were actually put together in 1996 by frontman Ethan Schulz, who sings vocals. Members have come and gone over the years but as of 2018, Ethan is joined by Dan Palmer on guitar, JP live loud magazine edition 69 Gericke on guitar, Robert Madrigal on bass and Mike Cambra on drums.
They take inspiration from bands such as Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Religion, Slayer and Sepultura. A love of music is what makes them want to share their own music with the world. Since the years they have been playing and with the amount of the fans they have made, they have built themselves as much of as a rocking reputation as the bands they look to inspiration from. If you are wondering where these punk legends get their name from, it’s actually from smash hit movie “The Lost Boys”, in which Corey Haim speaks the line ‘Death by Stereo…’ The guitar work of the band is simply amazing and one of the reasons DBS remain so popular.
They are also well known for their energetic, don’t give a f*** attitudes when performing on stage. Their awesome reputation didn’t happen immediately of course and many of their early years consisted of performing in garages, while barely dreaming of making the big time. They did not even perform their first show together until 1998 and their first album – ‘If looks could kill, I’d watch you die’ was eventually released in 1999.
DBS really started to get big after the release of their second album ‘Day of The Death’ in 2001. They toured North America shortly thereafter and performed alongside big bands including AFI, Rise Against and Sick of it all.Their cemented in 2002 when they featured in the famous Warped Tour for that year in the states. Their next album came in 2003 and was titled ‘The Valley of Death’. They have faced some controversy over the years and unfortunately a technical fault during one of their gigs in 2003 caused one person to die and several more to become injured.
The friends have sticked together through it all and continue to outsell arenas around the world. They have literally performed in over 20 countries, which is something that most bands in their genre could merely dream of. Their fourth album which was called ‘Death for Life’ was actually released in 2005 and it features some very popular hits. Between the years of 2005 – 2009, DBS played as a four piece due to a a few members of the band coming and going. They still continued to remain popular with fans however, playing in Venuezela, Costa Rico, Mexico and other countries.
In 2009, the boys actually signed a contract with Serjikal Strike Records and went on to release a studio album that was popular with fans. There was some friction in the band in the years that followed however but by 2012 they came together united and signed with a new record label, Viking Funeral Records. This record label is actually owned and run by the lead singer of Pennywise, Fletcher Drag.
DBS are currently touring Europe as they showcase their latest album, “Just like you’d leave us, we’ve left you for dead…”
This record has some really catchy tracks on it, that has been sending fans all over the world wild. Some of the songs on this album have some really interesting titles to them. It seems that after all these years, the men have evolved so much and have finally find who they truly are as artists.