Death By Stereo / Retox
/ Jack Burton vs David Lo Pan
Monday, Jul 02, 2012 9:00 PM EDT
Great Scott, Allston, MA
18 years and over
Death By Stereo: Since their inception in 1998, DEATH BY STEREO has been balancing consciousness and chaos with their unique genre-bending amalgam of hardcore, metal and punk. Previously, the band released their last five studio records via Epitaph, Indecision and Serjical Strike Records.
DBS, as they are known by many of their loyal followers, have assembled a worldwide fan base built upon a seemingly endless international tour schedule, with enough passport stamps to make many of their contemporaries jealous. They have shared the stage many times over with the likes of Slipknot, AFI, Serj Tankian, Avenged Sevenfold, and Rise Against, just to name a few. They have headlined some of the biggest and best festivals around the world (Germany's "With Full Force", Belgium's "Grozerock", U.S.'s "Warped Tour" and Colombia's "Rock Al Parque"). Having toured in over 20 countries is an accomplishment few bands of any stature can lay claim to.
Retox was birthed in Southern California, specifically in San Diego and Los Angeles during the later part of 2010. The members; Brian Evans on drums, Thor Dickey on bass, Michael Crain on guitar, and vocalist Justin Pearson. Retox has been described as punk, post-punk, hardcore, metal, and even power violence. But anybody whose ears are not completely damaged by way of decibel pressure or contemporary media will agree that Retox is carving out a unique sound. The best possible description would be sci-fi/surf/punk. The songs are fast tempered clocking in somewhere between one and two minutes. The guitar’s harmony and disharmony battle each other, engaged in an endless standoff. Interwoven throughout the timbre is a driving bass acting as a referee for the rest of the instruments. Propelling the songs are drumbeats chopped up with surgical precision and stamina. The vocals are littered with subtle hooks as well as not so subtle irritation, influenced by political disdain, horror, and sarcasm. The band's inspiration is drawn from both horrific misfortune and sheer imagination. Either way this is good news for the listener.