De Novo Dahl

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De Novo Dahl
Matthew Hungate.jpg
Keyboardist Matthew Hungate at Lollapalooza 2008
Background information
Origin Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Genres Neo-psychedelia
Indie rock
Years active 2001-
Labels Roadrunner Records
Associated acts The Features
Members Joel McAnulty aka. Joel Dahl (Vocals, Guitar)
Serai Zaffiro (Vocals, Omnichord)
Keith Lowen (Bass Guitar)
Matthew Hungate (Keyboards)
Joey Andrews aka Mixta Huxtable (Drums)
Past members Mark Bond (Keyboards, Vocals)
Derek 'Sandy' Sandidge (Guitar, Vocals)
Dave Carney (Bass, Vocals)
Arlo Hall (Keyboards)

De Novo Dahl is an Indie rock group from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Formed in 2001, they were signed to Roadrunner Records and released from their contract in 2009. They are currently signed to Theory 8 Records.


The band was formed in 2001 by Joel Dahl, Serai Zaffiro, Derek Sandidge, Joey Andrews, Jon Schneck (later replaced by David Carney), and Mark Bond. The band took their name from the Latin words for "The New" and the last name of author Roald Dahl.[1] Keyboardist Mark Bond left the group amicably in 2006 and now plays keyboard for The Features. He was replaced by Matthew Hungate. The group signed to Roadrunner Records in 2007.[2] In 2008, the band was asked by Warner Bros. to record a theme song for the film Speed Racer, but the song was rejected by the Wachowski brothers.[3]

Members of De Novo Dahl appeared as a music group called Fall Formal in the 2008-released film Make-out with Violence. David Carney and Matthew Hungate also contributed to the music in the film.


  • Joel McAnulty (aka Joel Dahl) - Vocals, Guitar
  • Serai Zaffiro - Omnichord, Vocals
  • Keith Lowen - Bass
  • Matthew Hungate - Keyboard
  • Joey Andrews (aka Mixta Huxtable) - Drums

Former members[edit]

  • Mark Bond - Keyboard, Vocals (left 2006)
  • Derek "Sandy" Sandidge - Guitar, Vocals (left 2006)
  • Dave Carney - Bass, Vocals (left 2006)
  • Arlo Hall - Keyboards (left 2007)



  • De Novo Dahl EP (2003, self release)
  • Cats & Kittens (2005, Emergent Records)
  • Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound (2008, Roadrunner Records)
  • City Driver (2009, Theory 8 Records)
  • Bobby Thompson Reels, Vol. 1 (2010, Theory 8 Records)
  • Tigerlion (2010, Theory 8 Records)


  • "Sexy Come Lately" (2007)
  • "Shout" (2008)


  1. ^ "De Novo Dahl Biography". Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Allmusic Page for De Novo Dahl". Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ "SXSW: Speed racers, zombie eaters and super shuttles". Retrieved 2008-07-12. 

External links[edit]

De Novo Dahl's profile on Myspace