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In late 2000 San Francisco's Dexter Danger hit the ground running with a D.I.Y. ethic unmatched by bands in the Bay Area local music scene. By utilizing creative Internet networking techniques to gather a vast local fan base, while leading a barrage of guerrilla promotion around the Bay Area, the band's efforts led to sold out concerts at all ages venues and youth centers across the Bay Area.
Dexter Danger's live performances gained an honorable reputation among prominent promoters in the Bay Area, and soon after they were invited to perform at prominent San Francisco Bay Area clubs and venues such as Slim's, The Great American Music Hall, 924 Gilman Street, and Bottom of the Hill.
Dexter Danger shared the stage with numerous acts including The Aquabats, Yellowcard, Rx Bandits, Plain White T's, Tsunami Bomb, Home Grown, Slick Shoes, The Suicide Machines, Audio Karate, Steel Train, The Matches, Bowling For Soup, the Swingin' Utters, and many more.
As word of mouth about Dexter Danger spread across not only the Bay Area, but also around the United States, Drive-Thru Records (New Found Glory, Fenix TX, Something Corporate) asked Dexter Danger to perform on the Drive-Thru Records stage on the Vans Warped Tour in 2002. Drive-Thru's admiration for the band also led Dexter Danger to appear on various Drive-Thru compilation CDs and DVDs.
Dexter Danger's first two albums an EP entitled "It's Not Pretty Being Easy," and their debut full length album "Forever Broken," were both produced by Andy Ernst (Green Day, Rancid, AFI). The tracks "Access Denied," "Lose It All," and "The Second I Asked For," made their way to having regular rotation on national, local, and college radio.
The band felt comfortable with the crew at Orange Peal Records and signed a recording contract with them in March 2003. Later that year Dexter Danger set off on a self-booked West Coast tour then made a brief appearance on the 2003 Vans Warped Tour.
The band released the EP "Written In Blood" in September and embarked on their first national tour with label-mates The Berlin Project in October of that same year. Near the end of 2003, the Written In Blood EP was subsequently released in Japan and over one thousand copies of the EP were sold in the first week of its release.
In Spring 2004, the band was invited to join various artists, including Drive-Thru Records recording artists, Steel Train, on the Blossoming Media Tour, in which Dexter Danger played over 60 shows in two months of touring through major cities across the the United States. The band received national media attention through various regional publications and were also featured on the True Music series for HDNet programming.
After continuing to tour nationally for the rest of 2004, the band went back in the studio in January of 2005 to record their second full-length album "Hellafornia", at Popsmear Studios in San Rafael, CA. The album was produced by Scott Llamas and Dexter Danger, and was mastered by Dominick Maita (Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights, Less Than Jake) at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, Colorado.
The band took a different approach to their music prior to recording, taking in a variety of influences not particularly familiar to them. As Aymen puts it, "It laid a groundwork for powerful dynamics, energy, and melody that clearly shows throughout 'Hellafornia'. From the time spent writing each song, to bringing the songs to life in the studio, we feel that our time and efforts in creating this album represented 'Hellafornia' better than we ever imagined." The result was a maturely crafted rock-influenced punk album that will reach out to new fans while keeping the current fans ecstatic.
The boys took 2005 by storm with four independently booked and funded national tours, as well as another spot on the Van's Warped Tour. In December 2006, Dexter Danger held their "last show", until 8 years later when fans' demands called on the band to reunite.
Since the band's formation in December of 2000, they have toured the United States on eight separate occasions, leaving a trail of fire behind every mile driven, and every show played. The band will continue playing and finding fans around the world that find their music as enjoyable as the Bay Area does, all the while keeping their D.I.Y. mentality in full swing.
UP&GO from San Jose, California delivers a brand of pop-punk with a rock-infused edge, dualing vocals, and memorable melodies. Forming in 2012, the group is steadily growing in its musical evolution while remaining true to its pop punk/rock-oriented roots and influences like Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, and Midtown. While playing shows from the start and growing a notable fan base, UP&GO recorded a demo in July 2012 and soon began work on its 'Taking Off EP.'
Guitarist and lead vocalist Esteban Holloway and guitarist Chris Curry, who serve as the primary songwriters for the songs on the upcoming EP, along with bassist and lead backup vocalist Dave Alatorre, recently introduced their new drummer, Chaz Mabree, who joined in late 2014 and according to the band has brought the "musical influence, talent, and personality" they were looking for. The first single from the 'Taking Off EP,' titled "Follow Through," will be available at the Dexter Danger anniversary show at Brick & Mortar in San Francisco on May 30, 2015. Check out www.reverbnation.com/upandgomusic for UP&GO music and more.
Since 2010, the San Francisco Bay Area punk scene has been enriched with the energetic and hard-grooving melodies from the hispanic punk rock trio, The Mengz. The band has been consistently performing throughout the Bay Area for the past 5 years, sharing their passion for fast, rhythmic tunes with lyrics depicting real-life tragedies with a sarcastic and up-beat perspective.
The solidarity of the band's grooves and fast tempos provides an addictive sound that communicates quickly with audiences. The growls and energetic chants from the vocals can be easy to sing along with even for audience members that have never heard the band's music before. The band illuminates with complex guitar solos, melodic bass lines, and passionate drum beats.
Singer/song writer/guitarist - Isaiah "Icekat Meng" Sanchez leads the band with an amorous and charismatic swagger which properly represents the overall carefree attitude of the band. Bassist -Enrique "Rick Meng" Amarillas gives the band rhythmic stability during the intense tempos and syncopated breaks in the music. And drummer - Russell "Russ Meng" Akin pushes the band forward with consistently energetic drum beats while implicating steady tempos and technical drum fills.
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1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103