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Death By Stereo / Over My Dead Body

Death By Stereo/Over My Dead Body: live in Richmond, VAlive in Richmond, VA (2003)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: sickboiChris
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If one truly positive experience, and one horrifically negative experience collide, which will set the opinion one has of an event? Little did I know this would come to fruition as I went to see Death by Stereo at good ole' Alley Katz. I was already pissed that None More Black wasn't at our date..


If one truly positive experience, and one horrifically negative experience collide, which will set the opinion one has of an event? Little did I know this would come to fruition as I went to see Death by Stereo at good ole' Alley Katz.

I was already pissed that None More Black wasn't at our date. Replaced instead by Over My Dead Body, who believe me, I will get to in a minute. The first act I saw was Haywire. I got a strong Used vibe from them, but eh, they are doing their thing, who am I to try to degrade them? I didn't really dig their sound, but I will say the lead singer was hanging out with some pretty hot chicks afterwards. Holla.

Now, the negativity of the night. I know Over My Dead Body is a straight edge band, and I don't have a problem with that. I respect everyone's right to choose a lifestyle, as long as it doesn't negatively infringe on others. That being said.....FUCK OVER MY DEAD BODY. "FUCK THEM IN THEIR STUPID ASSES." (quote taken from "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back", 2001).

I say this, only because of the continuing antics onstage of "This one goes out to all the kids who stay drug-free" or "Here's one for the straight edge kids." You know what? I paid money to see the show, I don't mind how you feel, but to cause division amongst fans, to send songs out to only the kids who don't like a certain type of beverage, fuck you. Take your fucking whack-ass religion elsewhere. Whatever happened to unity and positivity? All this pseudo-scene of "edge" does is promote a further division amongst those who drink, and those who don't. Is your life that meaningless that you have to constantly scream about being edge? Move the fuck on, build a model, collect stamps.....fucking christ.

I can think of plenty of bands that may be "straight-edge", but don't try to build some stupid culture around it, that don't alienate potential fans by screaming dumb shit. Go crawl back into the ignorant hole you came from.

With the morons gone, I was left in a shitty mood, but that would change. As Death By Stereo finished setting up, the immediately launched into 'The Plague', one of the many stellar tracks from the new album. Efrem and company continued going strong the entire night. Although they were playing to a crowd easily less than 100, they played like there were over 1000 kids there. Other highlights included 'No Shirt, No Shoes', 'Desperation Train' and 'Emo Holocaust'. During 'These Are a Few of My Favorite Things', Efrem jumped into the crowd and ran all over the back of club, screaming and singing like a maniac. I was lucky enough to run to the bar and catch him screaming the lyrics at the bartender to catch him point-blank in the face with my miniDV.

This was by far one of the most impressive sets I have seen in a long time. It may sound a little too prestigious to many of you, but Efrem really reminds me of a young Hank Rollins onstage. Wow.

And the rest of the band shall not be forgotten. Everything from the amazing solos, to the insanely muscular guitarist (whose name currently escapes me), to the overall onstage package, I am still in awe. Amazing, amazing show, closed out with a killer performance of "Sing Along with the Patriotic Punks".

If not for a certain band of asswipes, this show would have gotten a perfect score. In fact DBS gets a 10, OMDB gets a -1. Haywire, eh, they were there, enough said.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 28, 2005)

If the guy below me is really a band member I would like to let you know that you had no place on this tour because Death By Stereo is 1000 times the band you guys are. Thank You.

Anonymous (September 6, 2004)

i don't know why anyone would care to read this so long after the fact but someone read this review and told me about it so i wanted to check it out. i play in over my dead body and just wanted to say that our intentions have obviously been grossly misinterpreted in this situation. yes we're a straightedge band and no that doesn't mean we have any negative feelings whatsoever toward people that aren't. we sing about sxe cause it's something we believe in and we damn sure don't try to exclude anyone at our shows. we mention at least once at every show that we're not there to exclude anyone. if we were that militant about it then we certainly wouldn't tour with our good friends death by stereo who are, for the most part, polar oppisites when it comes to narcotics. so everyone just calm down. it's rare that you're gonna go to a show where you like every single band but that doesn't mean you have to bash bands that you're not into. death by stereo and ourselves are simply good friends that thought it would be fun to do a diverse tour and hopefully some people appreciated that. thanks for reading.

-adam
omdb

Anonymous (December 23, 2003)

Yo I've never been to a show where a band has gone on and on about drinking and drugs and then heard a straight edge kid complain about it. It's only when a straight edge bands talks about being straight edge does anyone ever complain.

Please stop crying and go back to listening to your shitty music.

beav

Anonymous (July 3, 2003)

For being sxe the lead singer of OMDB has one helluva beer gut.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

I really hate to keep posting on my own review....well, no I don't. But I just thought of something. Someone a few posts down said I was insecure of seomthing like that, but I'm not the one labeling myself "drinker" or "drug-user" or what-have-you.

-sickboi
(sxe (sexy!) for life!)

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Before my newborn son's 18th birthday I swear some straight edger will have started a straight edge church. The First Church Of Mackaye or some shit like that. You people are turning it into a religion. Just like every other religion it's nothing more than a crutch. Living a healthy lifestyle is one thing, constantly preaching about it is another.

"There's nothing worse than a reformed anything."

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Anyone else a little disappointed with Death By Stereo's new cd? It's good, but it seems like it's missing something....

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Well, -c.....

Opinions are just like assholes...

Yours stinks just as much as mine..

-sickboi

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

sickboi, quit crying. sxe is a personal choice that is very important to each of them. if it's not for you thats fine. if you were in a band i'm sure they would support you going up there and talking about how straight edge is not for you. they use their music to explain why they feel like they do...there's no presumption that other people should agree or change because of it.

yeah, OMDB has total cheeseball lyrics, but they mean what they say and they are nice dudes. i dont see anything wrong with that. in fact, i think its good that some bands still sing about sxe, because if they didn't, there wouldn't be any way for young kids (who are just starting to go to shows) to be exposed to the lifestyle option of straightedge. not everyone knows to just go out and "try" listening to the Minor Threat discography. kids get exposed through seeing bands talk about it, or through friends (who incidentally learned about it through bands that sing about their personal sxe lifestyle choice). sxe has saved some peoples lives, and on an individual level, it can be a ridiculously positive thing.

-c

punky (June 30, 2003)

Somehow I have more respect for the bands that are sXe, and don't talk about it, if it is a personal choice, then keep it to yourself jackasses.

Anonymous (June 30, 2003)

Don't get me wrong kids. I don't mind if you don't drink or do drugs, because honestly, some people just shouldn't touch either. But god damn. You people make this whole SXE thing into some kind of cult. Its absurd. Basing your life on the ideals of "poison-free" is just as shallow as the people who you say make the wrong choices. Its fine to to be clean, but why must there be a "scene" to go with it? Lame.

-sickboi

Anonymous (June 30, 2003)

I think the reviewer is the ignorant one. Did he stop to think that maybe OMDB IS doing it for the straight edge kids and NOT for him? Thats the way I see it, if you don't like it then don't listen to the music, bitch.

Anonymous (June 29, 2003)

Yes.

inagreendase (June 29, 2003)

am i the only one who can't STAND dbs's vocals?

funkisdead (June 28, 2003)

hahahahahhahahahahahahaha.
sillies.

Anonymous (June 28, 2003)

Give it up kids, i dont whinge when T(i)NC get on stage and talk politics or when dropkick murphys talk about getting Shitfaced.

I've been to numerous shows where bands i love have dedicated songs to people who are drinking, or smoking bongs in the corner, and it doesnt offend me in the least, just grow a set and deal with your insecurities.

And for those of you who care, Apprently OMDB actually played a terrific set that night

xBoneless billx

Anonymous (June 28, 2003)

Here's a solution to this problem: Everyone just smoke a big fat doober! Thats what I wanted to tell OMDB when they kept saying shit about "drug free adults" or whatever. Fuck those guys. They didn't even sound good at all. Death for life!

FortyMinutesWest (June 27, 2003)

That sounds like Anti-Flag. I live around Pittsburgh and I never picked up a cool British accent like they did, I feel cheated.

Manman (June 27, 2003)

Over my dead body will I listen to this feces anymore. It gave herpes to my migraine. Death by Death by Stereo is the execution method that almost-ALMOST-surpasses the Electric Slide. Do yourself a favor and castrate yourself now before this excrement can seep into your impressionable minds.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

You really aren't missing much, but it is amusing to hear them dedicate every song to being drunk. That and they are from what, NYC, and yet they sound like they have thick british accents. 2nd worst crowd I've ever been involved with was at a casualties show. Liberty spikes, leather jackets, and studs everywhere...now tell me something, why the hell would you wear a leather jacket in the middle of August in Phoenix?

FortyMinutesWest (June 27, 2003)

I've never seen the Casualties live and I plan to keep it that way.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

"It would be just as annoying for a band to say "this is for the drinkers in the audience!" over and over."

Someone's never been to a Casualties show. It's not very annoying cause it's actually amusing. sXe people are like vegans, most of them are fucking psychotic and will cut off your balls for sipping a beer or eating Jell-o. (Seriously now, Jell-o is good shit, horse hooves or no horse hooves)

FortyMinutesWest (June 27, 2003)

Drinking and alcoholism aren't one in the same.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

"seriously, on every "real" show i go to at least one bands say something about "yeah, this is for the people who are wasted" or something in that line atleast 3-4 times"

Stay away from the Thin Lizzy concerts then.

and what the hell is a real concert?

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

*people AT casualties shows.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

i think drive thru records should buy the copyrights on beer.

that would be so fucking sweet, imagine people are casualties show drinking drive-thru beer..HAHAHHAHA

/melvyl

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

No amount of preaching will ever stop me from downing beers and smoking joints at shows, period. Death by stereo are fucking amazing and more people should come to their shows.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

dude, are you saying alcolism isn't a world problem?

(yeah, i'm not stupid i know what you meant)

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Not drinking and world problems are 2 very different things my friend.

-sickboi

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

"It would be just as annoying for a band to say "this is for the drinkers in the audience!" over and over."

seriously, on every "real" show i go to at least one bands say something about "yeah, this is for the people who are wasted" or something in that line atleast 3-4 times.

yeah, omdb talk alot about sXe, just like alot of other bands talk about politics, but you're not knocking them down.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

I was gonna say the EXACT same thing. But check this.....have you ever heard of beating someone up for not drinking? I haven't....

And speak your convictions, but damn, come on bands, not EVERY Minor Threat song was about being edge.

-sickboi

FortyMinutesWest (June 27, 2003)

I don't care if someone is straight edge or not, just don't bring it up every five seconds. It would be just as annoying for a band to say "this is for the drinkers in the audience!" over and over.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

It seems none of you know a thing about Over My Dead Body, or Straight Edge. There is already a culture built around straight edge and it has been here for many years. Over My Dead Body are a great positive hardcore band, so what if they gave shout outs to the Straight Edge kids in the house. None of the comments you quoted were militant or offensive. As for the thug core comment if you listened to an Over My Dead Body cd you would know there against that. I urge you all to give this band a chance... do not just ignorantly turn your noses at them because they've mad choices in there life that are different than yours.

-Stacy-

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

it's pretty fucking sick that not wanting to hear other people's opinions must equate to obnoxiousness. Who gives a shit if you did or didn't want to hear about sXe - what's wrong a band or any kind of entertainer speaking their mind and their passions. Forty and Sickboi's shallowness is disturbing...

FortyMinutesWest (June 27, 2003)

OMDB were obnoxious when they played here. Not so much musically, but like sickboi said, "Straight edge this, straight edge that"

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

first of all, thug rock? dumbass.this aint skarhead.its more of a posi type of core. as of the sxe thing, i would rather listen to somebosy talk about their chosen lifestyle then whine about girls,ala most of the mall pop punk emo garbage that is being churned out. omdb is a great band, im an alki and i would still rather listen yo this or better than 1000 any day as compared to taking back sunday or whatever flavour of the week you nerds are into.

ramo (June 27, 2003)

if you're quoting "jay/silent" bob movie quotes then Hotwire loves the cock. just another damn used clone. OMDB wasn't too bad at the nyc show but then again those drug-free speeches can really get on your nerves just like goldfinger always spreading the message of vegans at their shows. DBS was worth the money and just a lil fact, i was up their screaming with efrem on the "patriot punx." a big 10 for DBS.

tenderbransonx (June 27, 2003)

Amen to the unity thing. You see straight edge divisions at shows quite a bit now and usually I would get pissed off but I'm so piss-drunk I can't do much but smile.
steven
maybe you should write a rant for
www.murdertheturtle.com

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

testify or preach?

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Is the guitarist from Boxcar Racer still in OMDB?

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Wow, the guy below Forty sure is putting that "word of the day" calendar to use.....bravo!

-sickboi

FortyMinutesWest (June 27, 2003)

"I say this, only because of the continuing antics onstage of "This one goes out to all the kids who stay drug-free" or "Here's one for the straight edge kids." You know what? I paid money to see the show, I don't mind how you feel, but to cause division amongst fans, to send songs out to only the kids who don't like a certain type of beverage, fuck you. Take your fucking whack-ass religion elsewhere. Whatever happened to unity and positivity? All this pseudo-scene of "edge" does is promote a further division amongst those who drink, and those who don't. Is your life that meaningless that you have to constantly scream about being edge? Move the fuck on, build a model, collect stamps.....fucking christ."

TESTIFY!

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

wow Sickboi - great to see that your reviews are just as insular as your typical msg. board comments. congrats!

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

good job on the edge issue.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Keep em coming kids, its gonna be a boring day at work, I need something to read to pass the time.

-sickboi

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

You the reviewer are a fucking moron. This is by far the worst fucking review ive ever read in my life. Serious dude, you suck at life, just go die.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Well, thats good to know, it just wasn't the impression I got.

-sickboi

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

uhhhh... if you knew anyhing about OMDB you'd know that they are against thug hardcore and against the division of sxe and non sxe kids. they've written a few songs about it. they are very much about unity within the scene and banding together for a common cause. that being said, they are sxe and are proud to be so... i guess you simply write and speak about what you believe in.

sean xxx

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Haywire is a Canadian 80's hair band. Good to see that they are still bringin' it. I saw them at some town fair back in the day.

Haywire's music consisted of a clean, hard pop sound with just the right amount of keyboards to keep them on the radio from the mid- to late '80s. Nearly every song incorporates strong guitar and catchy rhythms, using sweet-tempered synth overlays à la Mr. Mister

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

DeathByStereo is jock rock crap, (sorry).
Right on about the sXe point of view though.

Thug rock needs to go away.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

And Scott, you cut out my begining note.

-sickboi

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Bah, I have no clue who they are. But change the name if you like. Thanks.

-sickboi

maverick (June 27, 2003)

I believe the band is called Hotwire, not Haywire, but I'm not 100% sure [since we don't have a pop-up ad shilling their album every time you come to this website].

-Scott

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