Sophie Rousmaniere

D.R.I.

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
12/03/19 Corpus Christi, TX BOOZERS United States
12/04/19 Austin, TX Come & Take It Live United States
12/05/19 Dallas, TX Trees United States
12/06/19 San Antonio, TX Jack’s Bar United States
12/07/19 Houston, TX Warehouse Live United States
12/08/19 New Orleans, LA Santo’s Bar United States
12/09/19 United States
12/10/19 Atlanta, GA 529 United States
Address: 529 Flat Shoals Ave.
12/11/19 Jacksonville, FL Nighthawks United States
12/12/19 Orlando, FL Soundbar United States
12/13/19 Miami, FL Churchills United States
12/14/19 Tampa, FL Brass Mug United States
12/15/19 Sarasota, FL Five O’Clock Club United States

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Past Shows
Date City Venue Country
10/26/19 Seattle, WA El Corazon United States
10/25/19 Portland, OR Dantes United States
10/24/19 Eugene, OR Whirled Pies United States
10/23/19 Grants Pass, OR Sound Lounge United States
10/22/19 Chico, CA Lost On Main United States
10/21/19 United States
10/20/19 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver United States
10/19/19 San Francisco, CA Slims United States
10/18/19 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst United States
10/17/19 Fresno, CA Fulton 55 United States
10/16/19 Bakersfield, CA Jerry’s Pizza United States
10/15/19 Ventura, CA Golden Chain United States
10/13/19 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction United States
10/12/19 Los Angeles, CA Catch One United States
10/11/19 Ramona, CA Mainstage United States
10/10/19 United States
10/09/19 United States
09/14/19 Fort Wayne, IN Indoor Skatepark United States
09/13/19 Westland, MI Token Lounge United States
09/12/19 Cleveland, OH United States
09/11/19 Pittsburgh, PA Crafthouse United States
09/10/19 Cincinnati, OH Northside Y.C. United States
09/09/19 Indianapolis, IN Black Circle United States
09/08/19 St Louis, MO Fubar United States
09/07/19 Lombard, IL Brauer House United States
09/06/19 Milwaukee, WI Walker’s Point United States
Address: 538 W National Ave. Venue phone: 1-414-573-0614.
09/05/19 Madison, WI Crucible United States
09/04/19 La Crosse, WI Warehouse United States
09/03/19 Saint Paul, MN Amsterdam United States
08/12/19 Tilburg, - Little Devil Netherlands
08/11/19
08/10/19
08/09/19
08/08/19 Oslo, - Rockefeller Finland
08/07/19
08/06/19
08/05/19
08/04/19
08/03/19 Pori, - Porispere Fest Finland
08/02/19 Helsinki, - Aaniwalli Finland
08/01/19
07/31/19
07/30/19
07/29/19
07/28/19 Warsaw Poglos Poland
07/27/19 Berlin, - Bi Nuu Germany
07/26/19 Utrecht, - DB’s Netherlands
07/25/19
06/29/19 Fort Collins, CO Hodis Half Note United States
06/28/19 Denver, CO Marquis Theater United States
06/27/19 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep United States
06/26/19 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad United States
06/25/19 Gallup, NM Juggernaut United States
06/24/19 –, - United States
06/23/19 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace United States
06/22/19 Phoenix, AZ Club Red United States
06/21/19 Tucson, AZ THE ROCK United States
05/26/19 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest United States
05/25/19 Queens, NY Blackthorn 51 United States
05/24/19 Stanhope, NJ Stanhope House United States
05/23/19 Providance, RI Alchemy United States
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
10/24/18 LANCASTER, PA ANNAS GREAT HORN 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
12/19/12 Orlando, FL Soundbar United States
11/19/12 Jacksonville, FL Nighthawks United States
10/19/12 Atlanta, GA 529 United States
Address: 529 Flat Shoals Ave.
09/19/12 United States
08/19/12 New Orleans, LA Santo’s Bar United States
07/19/12 Houston, TX Warehouse Live United States
06/19/12 San Antonio, TX Jack’s Bar United States
05/19/12 Dallas, TX Trees United States
04/19/12 Austin, TX Come & Take It Live United States
03/19/12 Corpus Christi, TX BOOZERS United States
12/19/10 Los Angeles, CA Catch One United States
11/19/10 Ramona, CA Mainstage United States
10/19/10 United States
09/19/10 United States
12/19/09 Pittsburgh, PA Crafthouse United States
11/19/09 Cincinnati, OH Northside Y.C. United States
10/19/09 Indianapolis, IN Black Circle United States
08/19/09 St Louis, MO Fubar United States
07/19/09 Lombard, IL Brauer House United States
06/19/09 Milwaukee, WI Walker’s Point United States
Address: 538 W National Ave. Venue phone: 1-414-573-0614.
05/19/09 Madison, WI Crucible United States
04/19/09 La Crosse, WI Warehouse United States
03/19/09 Saint Paul, MN Amsterdam United States
12/19/08 Tilburg, - Little Devil Netherlands
11/19/08
10/19/08
09/19/08
08/19/08 Oslo, - Rockefeller Finland
07/19/08
06/19/08
05/19/08
04/19/08
03/19/08 Pori, - Porispere Fest Finland
02/19/08 Helsinki, - Aaniwalli Finland
01/19/08
11/30/-1 Tucson, AZ THE ROCK United States
11/30/-1 Phoenix, AZ Club Red United States
11/30/-1 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace United States
11/30/-1 –, - United States
11/30/-1 Gallup, NM Juggernaut United States
11/30/-1 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad United States
11/30/-1 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep United States
11/30/-1 Denver, CO Marquis Theater United States
11/30/-1 Fort Collins, CO Hodis Half Note United States
11/30/-1
11/30/-1 Utrecht, - DB’s Netherlands
11/30/-1 Berlin, - Bi Nuu Germany
11/30/-1 Warsaw Poglos Poland
11/30/-1
11/30/-1
11/30/-1
11/30/-1 Cleveland, OH United States
11/30/-1 Westland, MI Token Lounge United States
11/30/-1 Fort Wayne, IN Indoor Skatepark United States
11/30/-1 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction United States
11/30/-1 Ventura, CA Golden Chain United States
11/30/-1 Bakersfield, CA Jerry’s Pizza United States
11/30/-1 Fresno, CA Fulton 55 United States
11/30/-1 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst United States
11/30/-1 San Francisco, CA Slims United States
11/30/-1 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver United States
11/30/-1 United States
11/30/-1 Chico, CA Lost On Main United States
11/30/-1 Grants Pass, OR Sound Lounge United States
11/30/-1 Eugene, OR Whirled Pies United States
11/30/-1 Portland, OR Dantes United States
11/30/-1 Seattle, WA El Corazon United States
11/30/-1 Miami, FL Churchills United States
11/30/-1 Tampa, FL Brass Mug United States
11/30/-1 Sarasota, FL Five O’Clock Club United States

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