Talkin’ with Chris Dalley of Death By Stereo

Chris Dalley of Death By Stereo

Age: 31
Hometown: Covina, CA
Previous Bands: Ten Foot Pole
Drums: Pork Pie
Cymbals: Turkish
Hardware/Pedals: DW
Sticks: Vater
Drumheads: Remo

It’s been four years since Orange County hardcore punk rock band Death By Stereo released their last album, Death For Life. After parting ways with Epitaph Records, their home base for more than seven years, the band went into the studio last year to record its new self-financed release, Death Is My Only Friend, which is coming out next week on July 7. Death By Stereo can be described as hardcore punk, with a heavy dose of metal, and has shared stages with a variety of groups, such as AFI, Rise Against, Thursday, Strung Out, Serj Tankian, and Bad Religion. The band’s namesake comes from a Corey Haim line in the 1987 horror film The Lost Boys.

How would you describe the feel of the new album?
I would describe it as in your face but with the less is more theory.

What is your favorite drum part on the new album?
“To All My Friends” is my favorite because I got to do this crazy punk beat with doing 16-note patterns mixing my feet and my left hand, which is challenging but very much fun to do.

Did you change your drum parts much throughout the recording process?
I had my parts pretty much set due to our producer, Jason Freese’s mindset. We had the same wavelength as far as how the drumming should turn out. Jason taught me so much as far as being disciplined and just going for the throat. He is the reason I sound the way I do on the record.

How prepared were you before going into the studio?
I was completely prepared. We rehearsed for four-to-five hours every day for three weeks before we went into the studio.

Did you record to a click track? How well did that work?
Yes, I did. It was tremendous, because Jason had me do the tracks to a click for rehearsal, which made me way more relaxed and ready for it.

Describe your favorite aspect of touring.
Touring is amazing for the fact that the fans enjoy every second of what you’re are doing. It’s the best feeling in the world to have the kids be louder than you are singing to all the words.

Describe the worst gig you’ve ever played.
The worst gig was a show in Vegas that I had no monitors whatsoever. I had to play off of memory, which isn’t so bad, but it’s the worst feeling to go off memory because you don’t know if the rest of the band is on the same page.

How do you stay healthy while you’re on the road?
I eat the right foods, do the right calisthenics, and get the right amount of sleep to insure I will give the best performance.

Have you ever been injured on stage?
I remember being so intense at a show that I raised my right arm so high that I dislocated my shoulder. I finished the gig, though in major pain, because the kids paid to see a show and I would never give them anything less than 1,000 percent.

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