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The Distillers were an Australian-American punk rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1998 by vocalist and guitarist Brody Dalle. Dalle co-wrote, played guitar and provided vocals for nearly every track on the band's three albums. After the breakup of the band in 2006, Dalle and Distillers guitarist Tony Bevilacqua went on to form Spinnerette.

The Distillers
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The Distillers at the Leeds Festival 2004
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, US
Genres Punk rock,[1] hardcore punk,[1] street punk[2][3][4]
Years active 1998—2006
Labels Sire, Epitaph, Hellcat
Associated acts Spinnerette, Darker My Love, The Nerve Agents, Angels & Airwaves, Love Equals Death, Rancid
Past members Brody Dalle
Tony Bevilacqua
Ryan Sinn
Andy Granelli
Rose Mazzola
Kim Chi
Mat Young

Contents

HistoryEdit

The punk rock outfit The Distillers first came together in late 1998 when Australian born guitarist Brody Dalle met bassist Kim Chi and the two bonded over their love for playing punk rock. They proceeded to recruit Detroit guitarist Rose Mazzola and drummer Matt Young.

Signed to Epitaph, the band issued its self-titled debut in April 2000. Sing Sing Death House appeared the same year, but was re-released in early 2002 thanks to the sudden popularity of "Seneca Falls." By now, Kim Chi had left the group to join Exene Cervenka in her band, the Original Sinners. Ryan Sinn stepped in to replace her; Matt departed to join Chi while Mazzola left during the height of "Seneca Falls". By summer 2002, The Distillers were composed of Dalle, Sinn, and new drummer Andy Granelli; joint American dates with No Doubt and Garbage were planned for later that fall. Guitarist/vocalist Tony Bradley joined The Distillers in time for the recording of their third album and major-label debut, Coral Fang, which was released in 2003 by Sire. For the album, Armstrong reverted to playing under the name Brody Dalle, following her very public divorce from Rancid's Tim Armstrong that same year.

Granelli left the band in early 2005, moving on to play with Darker My Love, and by summer, Sinn had exited as well, later joining up with Angels and Airwaves. Despite rumors, The Distillers, now just Dalle and Bradley, denied that they were breaking up, instead simply going on hiatus. In early 2006, Dalle had her first child, daughter Camille, with new husband Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. By the year's end, the two remaining members formally announced the band's disbandment and went on to form Spinnerette together.[5]

Former membersEdit

Final line-up

Former members

  • Rose "Casper" Mazzola – lead guitar, backing vocals (1998-2002)
  • Kim Chi – bass, backing vocals (1998-2000)
  • Mat Young – drums, percussion (1998-2000)

TimelineEdit

 

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Details Peak chart positions Certification
US
[6]
US
Ind.

[7]
UK
[8]
2000 The Distillers
2002 Sing Sing Death House
  • Label: Hellcat
29
2003 Coral Fang 97 46

Extended playsEdit

Title Details
The Distillers EP
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Formats: 7" vinyl

SinglesEdit

Year Title Chart positions Album
US
Alt

[6]
UK
[8]
2002 "The Young Crazed Peeling" Sing Sing Death House
"City of Angels"
2003 "Drain the Blood" 28 51 Coral Fang
2004 "The Hunger" 48
"Beat Your Heart Out" 74

Music videosEdit

  • "The Young Crazed Peeling" (2002)
  • "City of Angels" (2002)
  • "Drain the Blood" (2003)
  • "The Hunger" (2003)
  • "Beat Your Heart Out" (2003)

In popular cultureEdit

  • In a February 2003 episode of Gilmore Girls, Jess surprises Rory with last-minute tickets to a Distillers concert.
  • A version of the song "Muppet N.A.M.B.L.A" on the Leftöver Crack album Rock the 40 Oz. features Dalle on guest vocals.
  • In the Daredevil episode "Kinbaku", Die on a Rope is played on the stereo of a car that Matt Murdock and Elektra steal.

Video gamesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Distillers Biography Archived 2014-05-03 at the Wayback Machine. at Allmusic
  2. ^ Diehl, Matt (2007). My So-Called Punk: Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Distillers, Bad Religion—How Neo-Punk Stage-Dived Into the Mainstream. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-33781-0. 
  3. ^ "The Distillers". In Music We Trust. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Brody Dalle: Spinnerette / The Distillers". Exclaim.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-01-07. 
  5. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Artist Biography". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  6. ^ a b "The Distillers - Chart History". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2015-03-08. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Sing Sing Death House Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  8. ^ a b "Distillers – Artist". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  9. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 

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