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Dog Fashion Disco

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Formed: 1999
From: Baltimore, MD, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Formed in 1999 by vocalist Todd Smith and keyboardist Jeff Siegel, Dog Fashion quickly rose to the top of the underground with the release of their 2001 Spitfire Records debut, Anarchists of Good Taste. The album was quickly praised by critics and fans alike for its quirky Faith No More musical fusion that drew influences from Clutch to Tool. The band’s sophomore effort, Committed To A Bright Future, followed in 2003 and helped them develop a loyal underground following of fans (dubbed the “mushroom cult”), as well as the respect of musical contemporaries Serj Tankian of System of a Down (who made a guest appearance on Anarchists of Good Taste), Mushroomhead and American Head Charge. DFD has toured the world non-stop for the past five years with the likes of Slayer, Mindless Self Indulgence, Nothingface and Lacuna Coil.

Latest Dog Fashion Disco News

Below is our complete Dog Fashion Disco news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Hellyeah, Nothingface Members Form Knives Out!

Formed in 2008 in their hometown of Baltimore, MD, five friends - members of HellYeah, Nothingface, Dog Fashion Disco and PolkaDot Cadaver - have come together to form a new band, KNIVES OUT! The band consists of:

Todd Smith (Dog Fashion Disco) - vocals
Jasan Stepp (Dog Fashion Disco) - guitar
Tommy Sickles (ex-Nothingface) - drums
Dave Cullen (PolkaDot Cadaver) - bass
Tom Maxwell (Hellyeah) - guitar

You can check out a few songs from the currently unsigned back on their MySpace page.

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Dog Fashion Disco Announces Reunion Show

Sins Metal News reports: DOG FASHION DISCO will be reuniting on Friday, September 12th at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD for a one-off show. The band will be celebrating the release of their new DVD entitled DFDVD Vol. II and a rarities CD entitled Beating A Dead Horse, To Death….Again. For the show, the band’s lineup will consist of vocalist Todd Smith, drummer John Ensminger, bassist Steven Mears, keyboardist Jeff Siegel, and guitarist Jasan Stepp.

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Working Class Rock Star To Premier In Toronto

Unstable Ground will be premiering the long-awaited documentary Working Class Rock Star in Toronto, Ontario at the Bloor Cinema on June 9.

Working Class Rock Star follows the lives of three bands at different points in their musical careers; Tub Ring (Chicago, IL), Bloodshoteye (Leamington, ON), and 3 Mile Scream (Montreal, QC). The documentary features interviews with Lamb of God, Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Unearth, The Haunted, Arch Enemy, and more.

Following the film, Inertia Entertainment will co-host a concert featuring Polkadot Cadaver (ex-members of Dog Fashion Disco), Bloodshoteye, and No Assembly Required at the Annex Wreck Room, 794 Bathurst St., Toronto. Doors at 9PM.

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Dog Fashion Disco Call It Quits

After much thought and consideration Dog Fashion Disco has decided to call it quits. Their last and final show will be 1-13-07 at Club Sonar located on 407 E Saratoga St. in Baltimore, MD. T

They want to thank you all of their dedicated fans for enabling them to make a life and career out of the music of Dog Fashion Disco. This is something that not many people get to enjoy and do. It was a hard decision but after 10 years on CONSTANT dedication and touring it is time to pursue other interests.

Here is a statement from Todd Smith, lead singer of Dog Fashion Disco: More...

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Cattle Decapitation Announce More Dates & Support

Cattle Decapitation have lined up a number of new shows with Daath, Dog Fashion Disco and Lair Of The Minotaur, here's the schedule:

November 17th Austin, TX - The Red Rum Club
November 18th Houston, TX - Walters on Washington
November 19th Dallas, TX - Galaxy Club
November 20th Tallahassee, FL - Big Daddy's
November 22nd Orlando, FL - Backbooth
November 25th Wilmington, NC - Soapbox Lounge
November 27th Amityville, NY - Village Pub South
November 28th New York, NY - Knitting Factory
November 29th Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
November 30th Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
December 03rd Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
December 06th Fargo, ND - Fargo VFW
December 07th Minneapolis, MN - Station 4
December 09th Aurora, CO - Hubba's

Dog Fashion Disco join the bill beginning on November 24th, while Lair Of The Minotaur join the tour starting November 27th.

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More Cattle Decapitation, DFD Tour Dates

Cattle Decapitation's tour with Dog Fashion Disco, Daath and Lair Of The Minotaur will see another show in New York City, as well as one for Aurora. The shows are:

November 28 - New York, NY, at Knitting Factory
December 08 - Aurora, CO, at Hubba's Pub

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MSI, DFD, The Esoteric For Halloween Ball

One of the midwest's largest Halloween concert events, the third annual All Freaks Halloween Ball continues this year after last year's great success with Mushroomhead, Living Dead, Crossbreed, and others.

Appearing this year will be Mindless Self Indulgence (Metropolis Records), Living Dead, Dog Fashion Disco (Rotten Records), Dead by 28 (B4 Records), Candy Coated Jesus, The Esoteric (Prosthetic Records), and DJ Darks Choir, with more acts TBA.

You can view the fest's promo image here.

Show details follow:

SAT OCT 28 2006 6:00PM
ALL AGES WELCOME
TICKET PRICE: $30

CLUB BIJOU
209 N. SUPERIOR
TOLEDO, OH 43606

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Machine Head To Play Select Dates On SOTU Tour

Machine Head, Converge, Vision of Disorder, Horse the Band and other special guests have been added to select dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, featuring As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot, Through the Eyes of the Dead and Evergreen Terrace.

The tour, which represents some of the best independent-minded music available today, begins appropriately over the Independence Day holiday week, on July 8 in Cleveland and runs through August 12 winding up in Universal City, California.

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Dog Fashion Disco Release Another New Song

Maryland's DOG FASHION DISCO have released another new track, "Silent Film," off their upcoming new album Adultery over at their MySpace page for your listening pleasure.

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Dog Fashion Disco Plan CD Release Party

Baltimore based hard rock veterans Dog Fashion Disco, have announced their CD release party for their new album, Adultery, March 31st, 2006 at the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD at 9pm.

The CD release party will celebrate the release of the band’s new album Adultery, which is due for release on April 4th, 2006 on Los Angeles based Rotten Records. Adultery is Dog Fashion Disco’s third album of metal, hardcore, jazz and lounge fusion. The album is the first time the band has attempted to create a concept record that takes listeners on a journey through one man’s self-destruction. The album plays like a movie with Dog Fashion Disco playing the soundtrack to one man’s demented journey.

“Adultery is about this seemingly normal guy in his mid- 30's, with a wife, kids and a good job. He starts to flirt with drugs, prostitutes and eventually gives in to his dark desires and sadistic and murderous lifestyle. This record is this guy’s life spiraling out of control into a demented and dark place,” says Dog Fashion Disco frontman Todd Smith about the concept behind his band’s latest offering. “There are so many twists and turns on this record it’s more like listening to a movie at times, but the song structure still remains.”

Recorded in the bowels of Baltimore with producer Steven Wright (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, SR-71), Adultery is a well calculated exercise in musical fusion. "This record doesn’t follow any formula for style or genre. The record goes from jazz to metal and Ska to R&B and country,” says keyboardist Jeff Siegel. “It’s a way for us to keep the element of surprise there in every song. All the bands we love experiment to some extent."

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Dog Fashion Disco Release New Song Online

Rotten Records' DOG FASHION DISCO have released a new song entitled "The Darkest Days" here for your listening pleasure. The track comes off their new album, "Adultery," which is due out on March 21st.

They also have a few new shots of the band live in the studio available from this past month up on their label's, Rotten Records, official site.

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Dog Fashion Disco Part With Drummer

Dog Fashion Disco have parted with drummer Ollie, due to 'creative differences'. The band have brought back original member John Ensminger to help them out on new album 'Adultery'. He'll also be behid the kit when DFD tour as part of the upcoming Jagermeister Music Tour in America, with Disturbed and Corrosion of Conformity.

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Jagermeister Tour Regional Openers Announced

Most regional openers have been revealed for the forthcoming Jagermeister Music Tour, featuring DISTURBED and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. They are as follows:

November 4 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ THE HEAVILS
November 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ THE HEAVILS
November 7 - Kansas City, KS @ Uptown Theatre w/ OPIATE FOR THE MASSES
November 8 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant w/ OPIATE FOR THE MASSES
November 10 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's w/ OPIATE FOR THE MASSES
November 11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's w/ OPIATE FOR THE MASSES
November 13 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall w/ GONE UNTIL TOMORROW
November 14 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
November 16 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues w/ WAITING 4 NEVER
November 17 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues w/ STEMM
November 18 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
November 21 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
November 22 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
November 24 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues w/ SOIL
November 25 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues w/ SOIL
November 26 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues w/ SOIL
November 29 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room w/ DOPE
November 30 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room w/ DOPE
December 2 - Boston, MA @ Avalon w/ DOPE
December 3 - Boston, MA @ Avalon w/ DOPE
December 5 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre w/ DRY KILL LOGIC
December 6 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre w/ DRY KILL LOGIC
December 8 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ DRY KILL LOGIC
December 9 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ DRY KILL LOGIC
December 11 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues w/ DRY KILL LOGIC
December 13 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre w/ DOPE
December 14 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre w/ DOPE
December 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory w/ DOPE
December 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory w/ DOPE
December 19 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ DOG FASHION DISCO
December 20 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ DOG FASHION DISCO
December 22 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live w/ DOG FASHION DISCO

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Dog Fashion Disco Sign To Rotten Records

Veteran road-rats Dog Fashion Disco have signed to Los Angeles based Rotten Records. The band recently told various media outlets, "We've done the major label thing, and it just didn't work out in our favor. We know that the management staff at Rotten have been long time fans of the band and that we'll get the attention we need…" On signing DFD, Rotten President Ron Peterson says," we're all excited here to bring DFD to the Rotten family. We've been fans of DFD for quite sometime and I think it will open new horizons for both parties." The band is working on the new record now. Look for a February 2006 release date.

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Dwell in Darkness Festival Details

The Dwell in Darkness festival will take plance in Elbos, Ohio from June 10-11. Bands are as follows:

Friday, June 10:

EXTOL
INCANTATION
CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN
SUMMON
ESTUARY
WEHRWOLFE
JUDAS GOAT
THROCULT
SIN ORIGIN
Black Trinity
SKULLCAP
FECAL CORPSE
EVERMOURN
DAY I DREAD
PREMATURE BURIAL
ELUSIVE TRAVEL

Saturday, June 11:

BOBAFLEX
DOG FASHION DISCO
Into Eternity
All Shall Perish
BYZANTINE
BROADZILLA
THE HEAVILS
4 IN THA CHAMBER
TWISTED TOWER DIRE
AVERNUS
HELL WITHIN
FAST EDDIE
A WAKING NIGHTMARE
THE MESSIAH COMPLEX
REV. 9
PROJECT 44
JACKALOPES
I Died Trying
MORPHIC RESONANCE
SPLITT
CAJE
LOWCHAIN
LUDAVICO TECHNIQUE
SECONDS FROM DISASTER
ESLAVED TO MERCY
SOUTH GATE
REGIMENT
DISSONANT HATRED
KRIMSON REIGN
NEEDLESS GUILT, REWIND
DISKREET, METAPHYSICAL
WOE OF TYRANTS
FOURTYFOUR More...

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More Info On Ohio's Dwell In Darkness Festival

June 10th-11th will mark the return of the nationally acclaimed 'Dwell in Darkness' festival that is set to bring a dark cloud over the city of Dayton, Ohio for two straight days. In a waning metal scene, SMNnews.com in conjunction with JagerMeister, and The End Records will be breathing new life back into Dayton, Ohio for a two day metal extravaganza that will feature a myriad of international, national, regional, and local bands.

The 2 days of pure metal fury will be unleashed at Elbos, a premiere Dayton venue that will be housing most diverse festival that North America has to offer. Located in the heart of the "Oregon District", Elbos features an outdoor patio, pool tables, vendorville and merch areas, and a full bar.

Headlining Day One (June 10th) of Dwell in Darkness II, all the way from Norway will be Century Media Records' mighty Extol. The band will be performing in support of their May 3rd release "Blueprint Dives" as they trek across North America. Co-headlining with Extol will be Listenable Records' road-warriors Incantation who will be making a special one-off appearance before heading out on a full US tour with Hate Eternal. Like a turd in your easter basket, Friday's lineup wouldn't be complete without the almighty grindcore quartet of Circle of Dead Children. Day one of terror continues with the addition of the incredibly brutal black metal stalwarts Summon, regional powerhouses Estuary, and Cleopatra Records artists Wehrwolfe. Also flying in from Norway to make a rare one off US performance, will be up and coming death metallers Judas Goat. Fusing the best of the mid-west and east coast with a flavorful touch of European metal delight, June 10th is set to make metal history in Dayton, Ohio. Throcult will also be making there way across a few states to debut some new material for all to see and hear. On top of that…preparing to send a bold, powerful statement to their local metal community, rounding out the day's lineup will be Blackmetal.com artists Sin Origin, regionals Black Trinity and Skullcap, New York's Fecal Corpse, Kansas Metal Awards winners Evermourn, Kentucky's Day I Dread, West Virginia's Premature Burial, and locals Elusive Travel.

If Friday wasn't enough - prepare for the unstoppable lineup of Saturday (June 11th)…Headlining the 2nd day of this amazing event will be the insane, intense, musical powerhouses who recently inked a deal with TVT Records and go by the name of Bobaflex. Known for their brutal live show, and onstage intensity, the band will be taking time out of the studio to headline this prestigious Ohio event - so start preparing yourself. Adding to the tally of the east coast's biggest names in rock and metal that will be appearing at Dwell in Darkness II is Artemis Records' Dog Fashion Disco. DFD will be making a special one off appearance to take to the stage in Dayton, Ohio as they continue to work on their major label debut. Century Media's finest Canadian act, progressive-melodic-death metallers Into Eternity as well as one of Nuclear Blast Records latest signings All Shall Perish will be storming the front, part of an all out main stage Ohioan aural assault.

Also diverging away from their regular touring schedule, from the white-hot West Coast label, Prosthetic Records (Lamb of God, All that Remains, Himsa, etc.), will be one of West Virginia's most merciless and forthright acts - Byzantine. Alas, what would a true festival be without a bit of female spice? Broadzilla, who have toured the world, will also be stopping by to tear the house down. Jetting over from Illinois, with bottles of Jager in hand, and plenty of free merch, will be Metal Blade Records artists and rock and roll virtuosos the Heavils - expect a set-time full of surprises! The pit doesn't stop there. Upping the ante and flying in from New York City to wreak havoc upon the city of Dayton, a band who will be making their second Dwell in Darkness appearance, is former Century Media/Kingfisher Records hardcore artists 4 in tha Chamber. Also making the trip from the East Coast, a group who has taken to the stage at European Festivals such as Wacken, and have toured relentlessly all over Germany, will be Twisted Tower Dire. Other namesakes rounding out the billing for Saturday, June 11th will be doomsters Avernus, who recently inked a deal with Flood the Earth Records, Lifeforce Records' Hell Within, New York City's Mr. Bungle Fast Eddie, as well as, A Waking Nightmare, The Messiah Complex, Rev. 9, Project 44, Jackalopes, I Died Trying, Morphic Resonance, Splitt, Caje, Lowchain, Ludavico Technique, Seconds from Disaster, Enslaved to Mercy, South Gate, Regiment, Dissonant Hatred, Krimson Reign, Needless Guilt, Rewind, Diskreet, Metaphysical, Woe of Tyrants and Fourty Tour.

This two day phenomenon, that features artists from Ferret Records, Metal Blade Records, Century Media Records, Prosthetic Records, Cleopatra Records, TVT Records, Listenable Records, and Lifeforce Records, with bands coming in from Norway, Pennsylvania, Kansas, West Virginia, California, Illinois, Kentucky, and New York. The show will ONLY cost a mere $15 dollars a day, with two-day passes running for a discounted rate at $27. Bringing in genres of music from all across the world, and from all across the United States, Dwell in Darkness II provides the best in hardcore, metal core, heavy metal, black metal, death metal, doom, industrial, and much, much more all for the cost of a 3 band club show.

There will also be hourly giveaways, raffles, contests, festival shirts, merch booths, autograph sessions with performing artists, vendorville areas, and much, much more. Also on hand to complete your two days of metal will be SMNnews.com and SMN Promotions Staff, who will be flying in to meet and greet fans, and MC the event. Discounted hotels rates are available for traveling parties through the Red Roof Inn in Miamisburg, Ohio @ 937-866-0705 - just mention the group name of 'Dwell'!

More show information is available at: http://dwellindarkness.SMNnews.com.

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Into Eternity Posts Mexico and Ohio Festival News

Canadian progressive death metal artists has posted the following message on their official website:

April 21, 2005 - México and Ohio festival news
All of us in Into Eternity are extremely blown away to be chosen to play the main stage of the Monterrey Metal Fest II!. It is our first time playing in México and we get to play at such a great festival! I think I am more excited to meet all the legendary bands we are playing along side with. Jag Panzer, Metal Church, Hammerfall and Motorhead are all class act bands. We plan to make the most of this opportunity and give 110% onstage!

We are also happy to play Dwell In Darkness II Festival in Dayton, Ohio on June 11th, along with Extol, Incantation, Bobaflex, Dog Fashion Disco and many more (presented by SMNnews.com)!

See you on the there & keep it metal!!
TIM

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Dog Fashion Disco Loses Bassist

According to a posting on the bands official message boards, and sent out through a newsletter earlier this morning Dog Fasion Disco's bassist Brian "Weeeennnnndyyyy" White left the band. This comes only about 10 months after Brian took over bass duties when previous band member Steve Mears left the band back in January/February of this year. The following message was sent out in the bands official newsletter:

"Due to 'insert your standard excuse as to why someone leaves a band' reason Brian “Weeeennnnndyyyy” White has left Dog Fashion Disco."

"We love him and wish him the best of luck in EVERYTHING he does and we are sad to see him go."

"He has been replaced by Dave Cullen who has played in many Baltimore area bands most notably Fur."

"Dave will be filling in on a temporarily (at this time) on all the remaining scheduled shows."

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Scum Of The Earth Cancel US Tour

Scum Of The Earth have been forced to cancel their US tour with Dog Fashion Disco and Dry Kill Logic due to 'contractual discrepancies'. The band hope to re-schedule shortly.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Pay Tribute To The Melvins

Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, High On Fire, Strapping Young Lad, Keelhaul, Dog Fashion Disco and Abdullah are among those bands featured on the Melvins tribute album 'We Reach: The Music Of The Melvins'. This should be released next May by Fractured Transmitter Record Co.

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