Dog Fashion Disco
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The City Is Alive Tonight - Live From Baltimore

Rotten Dog Days
December 30, 2005
Dog Fashion Disco have posted a new track titled "The Darkest Days" online, you can listen to it here. The song comes from the band's upcoming new album Adultery, which is set for a February 21st release through Rotten Records.
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Dog Fashion Disco Sign With Artemis Records
July 1, 2004
Dog Fashion Disco have now confirmed that they signed with Artemis Records. The band released the following statement on the signing:

"We just wanted to say thank you to EVERYONE in TheMushroomCult that has supported all these years. Things have been a little bumpy along the way with everything that we dealt with but this new deal definitely breathes fresh new air into the group mentally and creatively. We could not have done this without your support and we CANNOT wait to keep on doing what we do..."
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HOME TOWN: Washington, D.C.
Todd Smith (vocals)
Jasan Stepp (guitar)
Brian White (bass)
Jeff Siegel (keyboards)

2001's Anarchists Of Good Taste was a breakthrough for Dog Fashion Disco. The blood and sweat that came from several years plugging away in and around the band's Washington DC homeland and several tracks from three independently released recordings all went into the Spitfire Records debut, and the resulting resounding critical acclaim spurned numerous opportunities for the group. The band spent a year and a half on the road, hitting Europe for the first time and logging miles across North America with artists as disparate as System Of A Down (whose Serj Tankian made a guest appearance on Anarchists of Good Taste), Stone Temple Pilots, P.O.D., Mindless Self Indulgence, Mushroomhead, Nothingface and Primer 55. The relentless touring combined with almost unanimously positive press coverage and radio support at both the college and commercial levels, exposing Dog Fashion Disco to hundreds of thousands of new fans. To say the future is bright is an understatement. In fact, that is the name of the band's much-anticipated follow-up release, Committed to a Bright Future. The sentiment isn't Pollyanna sanguinity, nor is it self-deprecating cynicism. Actually, it's a little of both. "We were being optimistic and sarcastic at the same time," explains vocalist Todd Smith. "We've always been committed to doing everything that we can to help this band succeed, but we also realize how hard it is to really break through." Making the task somewhat easier is the fact that Committed to a Bright Future is as powerful a statement as you're likely to hear. As opposed to the previous release, which featured rerecorded versions of material that dated back to the band's inception, the new disc was written almost entirely in a two-month span before they entered the studio. This gives the record a seamless, cohesive feel that the first disc lacked. "The album's more straightforward," agrees Smith, "but it's also because we wanted to write songs that transferred well live and made for a really energetic concert. Audiences absorbed the old stuff, but it wasn't the kind of thing that got kids jumping around, beating the crap out of each other, and we love that. We wanted to write songs that would just pummel you in the face for 45 minutes." The crazed keyboard flourishes, time-changing insanity and stream-of-conscious lyrics that the band's deemed "evil circus music" and had critics invoking the name Mike Patton remain, but the melodic aspects of Dog Fashion Disco have never been displayed more prominently than on Committed to a Bright Future. It is this accessibility on cuts such as the jazzy "Worm in A Dog's Heart," the riff-roaring "Plastic Surgeons" and the hidden cover of "Grease" that separates the band from their one-dimensional peers. "I'm a big fan of pop music and I think there's a sense of that in our music," the singer admits without hesitation. "I grew up with Kiss, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, bands that wrote great songs whose melodies you'd sing for two weeks after two listens. I don't think that being catchy is a negative. We want something people can sing along with." After the recording of the disc, the band amicably parted ways with their original guitarist and drummer, replacing them with Jasan Stepp, a friend from the DC scene, and Mike Oliver, a New Yorker whom the band's manager introduced them to, respectively. "I know it's a cliché," Smith laughs, "but I swear, in all fairness to the other guys, this band has never worked as well as it does now, and the live show is unstoppable." It's a live show that Dog Fashion Disc plans on unleashing nightly for "as long as we can physically stand," says the vocalist. "We're going to be on the road for a year solid at least," boldly predicts Smith. "This is what we do, this is what we've waited our whole lives to do, and this is what we want. We took some great steps on the last album, and we're proud of that, but we're looking to the future now." A very bright future, needless to say.