Sophie Rousmaniere


San Francisco, CA

We are a punk/metal crossover band with our roots set in hardcore. Established way back in 1982, we have about 10 CD’s & 2 DVD’s out on various labels and are considered to be one of the forefathers of speed metal and thrash punk music. We started out in Texas and moved to the Bay Area cause we heard the SF area had free food at the soup kitchens (from which the classic tune was written!!!!!)

When we started our influences were bands like Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys. In 1982, our first release, which was really a demo, the 22-song 7″ EP, kickstarted our career as a formidable hardcore band. 22 songs in 17 minutes. Blistering fast, with on-the-dime cuts, and vocals to match. Said to contain the first grindcore blast ever recorded (No Sense). This record was later pressed into an LP, and was considered to be our first official release even though it was only 17 minutes. The 22-song debut eventually was combined with our second release, 1984’s Violent Pacification EP, and came out on CD in the mid-eighties, when that technology reached indie labels.

In 1985 we started to listen to bands like Metallica & Slayer. Our second full length release Dealing with It, showed a progression to the metal side of the music genre. This album also was said to make an impact, and helped start the crossover movement. “We fused together our influences, and shoved into the DRI mold, Dealing With It is what came out”. DRI went on mixing its own brand of punk metal releasing: Crossover, Four of a Kind, Thrash Zone, Definition, a live album recorded in 1992, before releasing Full Speed Ahead in 1996 ; our last full length release. We have been re-issuing our old catalog with bonus tracks for the new millennium. We also got a bunch of Live DVD’s in the works, starting with the 1984 CBGB’s live DVD that came out in 2005. Summer of 2016 saw the release of the first new material in years. But Wait..THERE’s MORE came out as a 7″/12″ and CD.

The band currently consists of original core members and song writing team, Spike Cassidy (guitar) and Kurt Brecht (vocals), along with Gregg OrrĀ (bass) and Rob Rampy (drums).

We are that band with the skanker in the circle. You know, the running man. The mosher. We appeared on a Beavis & Butthead episode. We also held the Guinness Book record for fastest band in the world, back in the day. We played with just about every major band you can name, and most festivals in our travels around the world for over three decades. We now have over 120 DRI songs under our belt, and still play about 35 or so when we play a live.

Some Popular Songs: I Don’t Need Society, Commuter Man, Violent Pacification, Argument then War, I’d Rather Be Sleeping, Nursing Home Blues, Five Year Plan, Suit & Tie Guy, Beneath the Wheel, Abduction, Acid Rain, Syringes in the Sandbox.

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Upcoming Shows
Date City Venue Country
05/23/19 Providance, RI Alchemy United States
05/24/19 Stanhope, NJ Stanhope House United States
05/25/19 Queens, NY Blackthorn 51 United States
05/26/19 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest United States

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Past Shows
Date City Venue Country
05/22/19 Albany, NY Pauly’s Hotel United States
05/21/19 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place United States
02/24/19 Stanhope, NJ Stanhope House United States
02/23/19 Providance, RI Alchemy United States
02/22/19 Albany, NY Pauly’s Hotel United States
02/21/19 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place United States
12/09/18 OCALA, FL O’Malley’s Alley United States
12/08/18 West Palm Beach, FL Respectable Street United States
12/07/18 Tampa, FL Brass Mug United States
12/06/18 Satellite Beach, FL Wynfield’s United States
12/05/18 Atlantic Beach, FL Harbor Tavern United States
12/04/18 TALLAHASSEE, FL The Warrior United States
12/03/18 United States
12/02/18 NEW ORLEANS, LA Santos Bar United States
12/01/18 HOUSTON, TX Scout Bar United States
11/30/18 AUSTIN, TX Come and Take it Live United States
11/29/18 FT WORTH, TX Rail Club United States
11/28/18 SAN ANTONIO, TX Jack Rabbit United States
11/27/18 LAREDO, TX Etos Live United States
11/26/18 United States
11/25/18 Harlingen, TX THE HOP SHOP United States
11/24/18 Corpus Christi, TX BOOZERS United States
10/27/18 Tucson, AZ THE ROCK United States
10/26/18 Mesa, AZ CLUB RED United States
10/25/18 Las Vegas, NV BEAUTY BAR United States
10/23/18 Hollywood, CA VIPER ROOM United States
05/24/18 Eugene, OR Hawthorne United States
05/23/18 Medford, OR Johnny B’s United States
05/22/18 Arcata, CA Veteran’s Hall United States

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