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Down By Law

Dave Smalley Vocals, Guitar 

Dave Naz Drums, Vocals on 'The Truth' 

Ed Urlik Bass 

Chris Bagarozzi Guitar 

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Down By Law

Over the last 6 years, Down by Law has come to be known as a band of skilled songwriting and burning intensity, spawning audiences all over the world. Their fifth Epitaph release "Last of the Sharpshooters" is a testament to years of hard work and talent. It will prove all that hear it that real punk rock can remain true to itself, while breaking down musical barriers.

Down By Law are about making music. The fact that people call it punk rock is almost incidental. Dave Smalley, singer/songwriter, explains it is like this: "I write songs from the heart, and the way they come out is a result of the way we play and the way we view the world. We're classified as punk rock because of the attitudes that we have. That's what we happen to sound like."

In an age of bands that have been formed since the newest wave of punk rock mania, Down By Law is the real deal. The history of the band members speaks for itself: Dave Smalley started DYS in 1982 and Dag Nasty in 1986 after which he sang on the first two All records. Sam Williams was in Florida punk bands Balance & Slap of Reality, and Angry John was in the Clay Idols & The Leonards. This undeniable pedigree has earned them maximum respect from the people who know best...their fans.

And their fans will no doubt cheer "Last of the Sharpshooters." Each DBL record has improved since the last, and this is no exception. This is the first time Dave has co-produced one of their records, so the sound quality is exactly what they were looking for. It starts off with "USA Today", which is about the condition of America and the news media's take on it: Turn on your TV now, my son / In North Hollywood I see the guns are blazing / Well you can't believe it / But you'd best believe ...



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