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OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresAlternative rock,[1]pop rock[2]
LabelsGeffen, Metropolis, Nitro
Bad Religion, Human Waste Project,[2][3]Snot,[2][3] Hero[3][2]
MembersAimee Echo
Jamie Miller
Erick Sanger
Chelsea Davis
Scott Ellis
Mike Smith
Jeff Jaeger
Billy Brimblecom, Jr.
Erick Sanger
Frank Zummo

theStart (stylized as theSTART[4]) is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. Their current lineup includes Aimee Echo, Jamie Miller, Erick Sanger and Chelsea Davis.[4]


Aimee Echo and Jamie Miller formed the band in 1998, which was originally named Hero but was changed to theStart due to "Hero" already being used by another band.[3] Their starting lineup included bassist Jeff Jaeger, drummer Scott Ellis (formerly of Mellowdrone and She Wants Revenge), and guitarist Mike Smith.[1][2] Their debut album, Shakedown!, was released in 2001 on Geffen Records.[1][2][3][4]

Following a period of touring, they discovered that their record label was closing. The band decided to self-funded their next EP, releasing The 1234 in April 2002[1][2][3] and selling it at their shows.[3] Shortly thereafter, they announced the departure of Scott Ellis.[2] While spending the summer touring with Scarling., they found a distributor in Small Stone Records for a self-titled EP.[2]

Jaeger left the group some time after Ellis did. Over the next year, the group found replacements for their departed group mates. bringing in Erick Sanger and Billy Brimblecon, Jr.[1][2] With their new lineup, the group was signed to Nitro Records in October 2003,[2] which re-released their self-titled EP as Death via Satellite.[3][1][4] Over the next year they recorded a new album, and Initiation was released on August 24, 2004.[2][4]

Brimblecon left the group shortly after the release of Initiation.[2] The group had a number of interim drummers,[1] including Frank Zummo,[2] before Chelsea Davis was selected as a permanent replacement.[1] Later, in 2006, Sanger was let go from the group, replaced by Lance Webber.[1]

The group changed labels in 2007, moving from Nitro to their current label, Metropolis Records.[3][1] Later that year, they released Ciao, Baby.[3][1]

In 2017, the band released a 7" single featuring two new tracks, "Yvonne DeCarlo" and "Magic Number."

Band members



  • Scott Ellis -- drums
  • Mike Smith -- guitar
  • Jeff Jaeger -- bass
  • Billy Brimblecom, Jr. -- drums
  • Lance Webber -- bass
  • Frank Zummo -- drums
  • Erick Sanger -- bass guitar, bacing vocals[2]
  • Chelsea Davis -- drums[2]


  • Shakedown! (2001)
  • The 1234 EP (2002)
  • Death Via Satellite EP (2003)
  • Initiation (2004)
  • Ciao, Baby (2007)
  • Yvonne DeCarlo/Magic Number 7" (2017)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "theSTART -- Songs, Albums, and Pictures -- Last fm". Last fm. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Wilson, MackKenzie. "Artist Biography by MacKenzie Wilson". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "theStart". Metropolis Records. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e "theSTART". theSTART. Retrieved 2014.

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