Pin It
Favorite

Pump Up the Volume 

On Death by Stereo.

It started as a garage band -- literally, in a garage. In 1998, five friends began experimenting with sound -- loud, aggressive sound, a bracing concoction of punk, hardcore and metal. Out of the same Southern California scene that sired Korn and the Offspring came a new contender to rally the troops while challenging the status quo. That's the idea behind Death by Stereo. Do they accomplish these lofty goals? Do they fill the order of the day? Determine for yourself on Wednesday night at Fat Tuesday's as the Orange County lads attempt to set your hump day ablaze.

After releasing a debut (If Looks Could Kill I'd Watch You Die) in 1999, signing to Epitaph (for 2001's Day of the Death) and enduring the usual lineup adjustments (they're currently on their third drummer), a quintet emerged: Efrem Schulz (vocals), Paul Miner (bass), Jim Miner (guitar), Dan Palmer (guitar) and Todd Henning (drums). They have recently produced the band's latest offering, Into the Valley of Death. The title seems to reflect Death by Stereo's willingness to take the hard road to success, a road devoid of corporate corruption rest areas and easy-to-discern traffic signals, where your own vision is your guide and your artistic integrity provides the horsepower. The music -- if not entirely original-sounding -- is certainly uncompromisingly brutal, furious, ear-smashing and tempered with a tincture of dark humor that surfaces within paranoid titles such as "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things," "Good Morning America" and "You're a Bullshit Salesman with a Mouthful of Samples."

Appropriate ear protection is advised.

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Grown-Ups
  • Grown-Ups

    The Nixon Rodeo continues to gain fans and write more music, but they have no grand illusions regarding their local act
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • Sunny Disposition
  • Sunny Disposition

    Seattle trio Duke Evers' new album is surprisingly full of bright pop-rock
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • Rock the Power
  • Rock the Power

    What the changing political and social climate means for local musicians
    • Jan 12, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Monday Night Movie: Blade Runner

Monday Night Movie: Blade Runner @ Bing Crosby Theater

Mon., Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Mike Corrigan

  • Lights, Camera, Skate
  • Lights, Camera, Skate

    Two local artists have transformed their love of skateboarding into a new variety show on Community Television.
    • Dec 14, 2011
  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    A raucous good time from Thee Oh Sees. Plus, vintage horror and a Berlin filmmaker to check out.
    • Nov 22, 2011
  • Time Travelers
  • Time Travelers

    For some local store owners, finding intriguing merchandise isn’t just business, it’s an obsession.
    • Nov 22, 2011
  • More »

Most Commented On

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Film


Review


Readers also liked…

  • Rise Above
  • Rise Above

    Light Up the Sky learns what it's like to get a record deal
    • Sep 16, 2015
  • Country Rising
  • Country Rising

    A reluctant country music listener and a seasoned old-school country devotee discuss the ascendance of alt-country
    • Nov 3, 2016

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation