Down By Law
American Speedway, Goddamnit
142 E. Market Street
West Chester, PA, 19382
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Down By Law
Down by Law is a punk rock band formed in 1989 by former DAG NASTY and ALL frontman Dave Smalley, who is the only permanent member. The band has recorded 7 studio albums. They stayed on Epitaph Records until 1998 and have since switched to other labels. Down by Law has never achieved substantial commercial success, but a number of largely popular acts cite them as influential. After several lineup changes, the band went on hiatus from touring and recording in 2003, but resurfaced in 2008 before beginning work on new material and embarking on their first tour in six years in 2009.
After Dave Smalley left ALL in 1989, he formed Down by Law with Chris Bagarozzi on guitar, Ed Urlik and Dave Naz on drums. The band considers their first show to be held on March 10, 1990 at the Anti-Club in Hollywood. After signing to Epitaph Records, they released their debut album, which is self-titled, in 1991. It was produced by Brett Gurewitz, guitarist of punk rock band Bad Religion and the founder of Epitaph.
Down by Law entered the studio to record their second album, Blue, in 1992 (again produced by Gurewitz). After the touring to promote the album, they parted ways with their original lineup in 1993, leaving Smalley the band's only constant member. Bagarozzi, Urlik and Naz were replaced by Sam Williams III, Angry John Di Mambro and Hunter Oswald on guitar, bass and drums respectively. The new lineup recorded their third album Punkrockacademyfightsong, which was released in 1994 and is generally cited as their best selling release. Video clips for the songs "Hit or Miss" and the cover of The Proclaimers' "500 Miles" were made and they received some airplay on MTV and radio stations. To support the album, Down by Law embarked on a year long tour and on some shows they supported bands like Burning Heads and The Vandals as well as their now-former labelmates NOFX, The Offspring, Pennywise and Bad Religion. Down by Law recorded and released two more albums, All Scratched Up (1996) and Last of the Sharpshooters (1997) before they left Epitaph in 1998. More lineup changes had happened as well. A brief stint on Go-Kart Records saw the release of Fly the Flag (1999), which was followed up four years later by Windwardtidesandwaywardsails (2003), released on Union 2112 Records.
In August 2008, Down by Law announced that they were working on an album for and posted a new track called "Bullets" on their official website. On August 3, 2011, Smalley posted an update on Down by Law's Facebook page saying, "so there are new songs by DBL, being mixed as we speak...Sam rocks the songwriting as always. Hopefully we'll release something soon, either online or with a label."
In 2009, Down by Law embarked on their first tour since 2003, where they played shows in South America as well as some shows in the United States. They also played two shows in Florida in April 2010 and two shows in the Netherlands that October.
In late 2011, DBL announced a signing with DC Jam Records. With a full-length release expected sometime in early 2012.
"Confident and assertive without hitting the point of cockiness, every second of Ship Of Fools asserts that while we are no longer in the fine company of acts such as the New Bomb Turks or Gaza Strippers, the world of punk rock'n'roll is alive again. American Speedway have revived the corpse." - Keith Carman, EXCLAIM!