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|Origin||North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
Sudden Death Records
New Disorder Records
The Red Light Sting |
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|Website||Official website (defunct)|
Ryan "Nordburg" Angus
d.b.s. were a punk rock band from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. From their beginnings in 1992 to their eventual breakup in 2001, they gained popularity in the Canadian punk rock scene (and to a lesser extent, the U.S. punk rock scene).
During their decade-long career, they released five studio albums, and toured with many well-established punk rock bands such as Rancid, Anti-Flag, D.O.A., Bouncing Souls, Youth Brigade, and many more. Their music drew comparisons to Jawbreaker, Lifetime, and The Promise Ring, among others.
The band formed in 1992, when they were only in grade 8, consisting at the time of Andy Dixon, Jesse Gander, Paul Patko, and Dhani Borges. The first songs they played together were covers of The Ramones ("I Believe in Miracles") and Stevie Wonder ("Higher Ground"). They were in grade 11 when they released their first full-length, Tales from the Crib--a pun of Tales from the Crypt, in reference to the band's youth. They went on their first tour that same year, traveling to California with fellow Vancouver punk band Gob.
In their 5 years they toured with such bands as Rancid, Falling Sickness, Anti-Flag, Digger, Slacker, I-farm, No Fraud, DOA, Gob, Bouncing Souls, AFT, Youth Brigade and many more...
The music shifts easily from Promise Ring-style melody ("And Then I Awoke"), to emo hardcore ("A Foundation for Positive Change") in the blink of an eye. On "Past Friendships" they slide into a Jawbreaker-style ballad complete with melancholy lyrics.
On this album, they have clearly been influenced by a lot of the emo and hardcore bands on Jade Tree Records, such as Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, and The Promise Ring.
The lyrics are very well written, comparisons to Jawbreaker can easily be made while not coming off as the least bit...ridiculous.
Musically, this album shows the band wearing its Lifetime and Jawbreaker influences on its sleeve[dead link]
With a sound that can be likened to the Promise Ring, these final five songs exemplify the introspective inspiration they wove into their music so well.