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No Regrets
6/10/2008

American Apathy
7/26/2005

Group Therapy
10/21/2003
 
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Dope Premiering Video For '6 6 Sick' This Week
March 10, 2009
Head over to www.HeadBangersBall.com this Thursday, March 12th, to watch the world premiere of the new music video for Dope’s single “6 6 Sick” off of their highly anticipated forthcoming album, 'No Regrets'. The band has released a video teaser, which can be viewed below, for fans to get a snippet of what to expect from the Dale "Rage" Resteghini (Mudvayne, Shadows Fall) and Kevin Custer (Kingdom Of Sorrow, Gas Light Anthem, Hatebreed) directed video. “6 6 Sick” will get its television debut on Saturday night’s episode of the Headbanger’s Ball.

Layered with the signature sound that defines the band, 'No Regrets' is a showcase in musicianship and songwriting that the band has honed over the years. The album, their fifth album, is the Chicago band’s first for E1 Music (formerly known as Koch Records). The album features a guest spot by Zakk Wylde on the first single, “Addiction." Check out the video for "Addiction" below.

Look for 'No Regrets' in stores and all digital outlets starting Tuesday, March 10th.
 
 
 
 
 
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Bobaflex Premiere Video For 'Home'
October 31, 2007
West Virginia rockers Bobaflex have released their highly anticipated sophomore album, 'Tales from Dirt Town'. Check out the premiere of Bobaflex's music video for their new single "Home" and preview the new album 'Tales from Dirt Town' in its entirety on Ultimate-Guitar.com.

"Home" Video Premiere
'Tales from Dirt Town'
Album Preview

Bobaflex are currently on tour with supporting artists: Dope, The Autumn Offering, Crossbreed and Fear Nuthin Band:

10/30 Lima, OH @ Northside Firehouse
10/31 Toledo, OH @ Club Bijou*
11/1 Portsmouth, OH @ Columbia Music Hall*
11/2 Struthers, OH @ The Cellar
11/3 Detroit, MI @ Harpos*
11/4 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys***
11/5 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights*
11/6 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater*
11/7 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock*
11/8 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11**
11/10 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx*
11/13 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend**
11/14 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero**
11/15 Orlando, FL @ The Social****
11/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution**
11/20 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (dwnstrs)**
11/21 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans**
11/23 Johnstown, PA @ Aces**
11/24 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop**

* W/ Dope
** W/ Dope and The Autumn Offering
***W/ Dope, The Autumn Offering, Fear Nuthin Band
****W/ Dope, The Autumn Offering, Crossbreed
 
 
 
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Bobaflex Shoot Video For 'Home'
October 17, 2007
Bobaflex recently filmed the video for their new single "Home" in Columbus, OH. Home, off the upcoming album 'Tales from Dirt Town', brings out the raw emotion of being of life on the road.

After trials and tribulations, both personal and professional, Bobaflex comes out on top once again. With their optimistic attitude, dedication and determination, Bobaflex continues to prevail. Whether from a small town or a big city, Bobaflexs Home is a song for everyone.

Bobaflexs 'Tales from Dirt Town' hits stores on October 30th.

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Photos from video shoot:
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Bobaflex On Tour with Dope:
October 25th Minneapoli, MN - The Rock
October 26th Madison, WI - Barrymore Theater
October 27th Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
October 28th Rockford, IL - Apollo Theatre
October 30th Lima, OH - The Northside Firehouse
October 31st Toledo, OH - Club Bijou
November 1st Portsmouth, OH - Columbia Music Hall
November 2nd Struthers, OH - The Cellar
November 3rd Detroit, MI - Harpo's
November 4th Cleveland, OH - Peabodys
November 6th Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
November 7th Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
November 8th Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
November 10th Springfield, VA - Jaxx
November 13th Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
November 14th Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
November 15th Orlando, FL - The Social
November 17th Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
November 20th Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (downstairs)
November 21st Jacksonville, FL - Hooligans
November 23rd Johnstown, PA - Ace's
November 24th Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
 
 
 
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Staind, Dope, Nonpoint confirmed for JJO Band Camp
May 19, 2006
STAIND, NONPOINT and DOPE are among the confirmed artists for the JJO Band Camp 2006, set to take place August 6 at Willow Island in Madison, Wisconsin. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

STAIND
NONPOINT
DOPE
FLYLEAF
HINDER
WICKED WISDOM
DEAF PEDESTRIANS

Seven more acts will be announced soon.

For more information, visit http://www.jjobandcamp.com/.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1998
HOME TOWN: New York City, NY
MEMBERS:
Edsel Dope (vocals/guitar/programming)
Virus (guitar/keys)
Brix (bass)
Racci Shay (drums/samples)

Anyone that knows Edsel Dope, knows one of two people--one of the hardest working artists in the music industry, or a complete mental case whos probably dropped his pants in front of you and screamed, Touch it, you know you want to Either way, one thing is for certain--hes one of a kind, and is the visionary behind one of the most explosive and underrated acts in music. Dope--Edsel, guitarist Virus, bassist Sloane Mosey Jentry, and drummer Racci Shay--are more than a dreadlocked rock band with industrial roots, theyre four combustible personalities that combine Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction, with a modern edge that recalls Motley Crues eagerness to Shout At The Devil. At the helm of the madness, Edsel Dope fronts the band with all the piss and vinegar of the New York City streets his band was founded on, brilliance and arrogance rolled into one tightly wound powder keg, primed to explode at any moment. With the release of Group Therapy, the bands third album, the keg is packed, the fuse is lit, and Dope are hell-bent on making their loudest statement to date. Released on their own Recon Records, and partnered with Artemis Records, the album takes listeners on a journey into a realm where music is more than a catchy radio single or a hi-definition video with little sonic-boom to back it up. Group Therapy offers thirteen tracks that run the gamut from the frenetic pacing of Paranoia and the scalding surge of Burn, to the more emotive and melody-driven Another Day Goes By and Sing, encompassing everything weve come to expect from the bands previous releases, while stretching their extremes throughout. On the lighter stuff, it remained lighter, but not as dark. The lighter stuff on the last record was still a little dark, says the frontman. We did mix it up a bit, though. With a song like Now Is The Time, thats one of the heaviest songs on the record, but its got a three-part harmony in the chorus. Or a song like I Am--thats really singable, but Im screaming, Fuck you, I am what I am throughout the song. We kind of just did what we wanted to do this time, and wrote songs that we thought made sense with what was going on in my head, while putting a good foot forward for the band both musically and conceptually--its dreadlocks, mohawks, melodies and metal.While the seismic assault of the music is enough to rattle anyones foundation, its Dopes vision that sends the band careening past their contemporaries. While the bands said dreadlocks and mohawks do their fair share in contributing to the bands rock n roll image, style is just the tip of the iceberg when the frontman hails his bands visual dynamic. I dont know that its important in the big scheme, but its very important to me, he says of his bands image. Its not important to me in that image is the way we look, its more in the way that the band is represented. It doesnt stop at the fact that I have dreadlocks or dress a certain way, it goes into the way your record looks when you open it up and go through the artwork, and your website, and your stage--its all part of the package, and its very important for me to go above and beyond the call of duty to put forth an entertaining spectacle for my fans.Hence his eagerness to turn Group Therapy into a multi-faceted listening experience, a musical adventure that captures not only the essence of the bands music, but also of their live spectacle and visual overload. Watch the album, declares the bands namesake, and hes put his money where his mouth his, producing a full-length music video for each of the albums thirteen tracks, and including the videos on the album release. This never would have been possible without starting our own label, claims Edsel. The major labels have a specific format that theyre used to following and they dont think outside the box. I wanted to break all the rules this time and provide an overload of content, while showing everyone that you dont have to jack up the price to do so. This multi-media onslaught will sell for $12.98, far less than the bands previous major label release which contained no multi-media section at all. This band has never just been about listening. I like the idea that this band makes you want to speed while youre driving down the road, because it makes you feel adrenalized, but I also like the idea that while youre sitting on your laptop, emailing and IMing your friends, you can pop the Dope record in and watch it while youre listening to it. Thats image. Thats whats important to us, to put forth an entire, well-rounded package. Thats what makes me happy and makes me feel good, because weve worked hard to make all this happen. If it doesnt sell five copies, will I care? Of course Ill care, but at the same time, I know its fucking killer, and if you dont get it, thats just too fucking badEspecially on this album, there are very broad scopes of where this band can go, and thats been the goal ever since we got deemed a one-trick pony on the first record, when no one wanted to talk about the music, they just wanted to talk about my Dope image and the fact that I used to sell drugs, continues the frontman. So making this record, unlike the last one, it was just me and my band--mainly my guitar player Virus , really--sitting in a room. We made the decisions, and its only been the decision of me, Virus, and the band around us that made this album come to fruition. This record was done in a real old-school Dope way--a couple of guys sitting around in a bedroom with a bong, some beer, and lots and lots of hoursBecause of that, I think its a dirtier record, and its more of a fun record to play live. Dopes always going to be about a raunchy, dirty groove, but I think nowadays we need to push ourselves to make that groove a little smarter than it was five years ago. I feel like weve combined the spirit of Appetite For Destruction and GNRs Lies into one record--weve got Patience, and weve got Welcome To The Jungle. Theres something for everyone on this record, and once you get invited into our world, you usually stay in it. There arent a lot of people who see Dope live, whether were headlining or opening for someone else, who dont like Dopes music or Dopes live show. There might be people that dont like me, but thats not the point, the singer says with a laugh. The point is, with Dope, weve got a band that embraces and epitomizes everything that isnt wrong with the music industry in 21st Century. Instead of making excuses, theyve taken action, and instead of pointing fingers, they raise their middle ones. Weve just taken back that state of mind that this band has had since the beginning, says Edsel. Were in control of our own destiny, and were not going to let anyone else change that. And whether you love them or hate them, for that, youve got to respect them. While the rest of the music industry cries about how things used to be, Dope are stepping to the forefront and showing people how it should be. Dont be scared, a little Group Therapy never hurt anyone