Todd Smith (musician)
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December 3, 1975 |
|Genres||Experimental metal, alternative metal, experimental rock, groove metal, acoustic rock, funk rock|
|Occupations||Musician, Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard|
|Associated acts||Dog Fashion Disco, The Alter Boys, Polkadot Cadaver, Knives Out!, El-Creepo!|
Todd Smith is an American Vocalist, Songwriter, and Guitarist, who most notably fronted the band Dog Fashion Disco. Smith is currently involved with the bands Polkadot Cadaver, Knives Out!, and solo project El-Creepo!.
Smith was the lead singer and songwriter for the multi-genre metal band Dog Fashion Disco from 1996 until 2007. Smith contributed vocal and guitar work to the 2005 album The Exotic Sounds of the Alter Boys by the Ohio-based band The Alter Boys. On February 18, 2007, Smith started a musical project called Polkadot Cadaver, announced shortly after the break-up of Dog Fashion Disco. Another project, Knives Out! was started in 2008, and each band contains Jasan Stepp (of Dog Fashion Disco). Three albums have been released with Polkadot Cadaver and one album has been released with Knives Out!
Smith has also released a solo album under the moniker El-Creepo! The album was released in 2009 and was aptly titled El-Creepo!. The project is stylistically quite different from his work in other bands, favoring acoustic guitars and light harmonies. Smith began writing and recording a new El-Creepo! album with Polkadot Cadaver drummer Scott Radway in March 2012. The second solo album, Aloha has been released as of November 13, 2012.
Razor to Wrist Records
In early 2011, Smith and fellow band-mate Jasan Stepp started up the record label Razor to Wrist Records with the intention of releasing their material on their own label, with the main bands being "signed" initially Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, Knives Out!, and El-Creepo!. Though Polkadot Cadaver's album Sex Offender was released after the label was founded, the album was still released on Rotten Records (as the first Polkadot Cadaver album was).
The first album to be released by the label was Knives Out!'s Black Mass Hysteria on February 14, 2012. In the summer of 2012, the Dog Fashion Disco video DFDVD was re-released on Razor to Wrist, and on November 13, 2012, the second El-Creepo album Aloha was the second album to be released on the label. The third album released on the label was Polkadot Cadaver's third album Last Call in Jonestown, released on May 14, 2013. All future material involving either Smith or Stepp is set to be released on Razor to Wrist.
All of the label's releases up to this point have been available in physical form only through the label's website; digital copies of the material is available on Amazon, iTunes, etc.
The label's name is derived from the song "Forever and a Day" from the Polkadot Cadaver album Sex Offender.
During the extent of Todd Smith's work as a vocalist, his singing ability has encompassed a range of styles, including a high falsetto, lounge-style singing, guttural growls, and death metal vocals, often incorporating all four into single songs.
Dog Fashion Disco
- Erotic Massage (1997)
- Experiments in Alchemy (1998)
- The Embryo's in Bloom (1998)
- Anarchists of Good Taste (2001)
- Mutilated Genitals EP (2001)
- Committed to a Bright Future (2003)
- Day of the Dead EP (2004)
- The City Is Alive Tonight...Live in Baltimore (2005)
- Adultery (2006)
- Beating a Dead Horse to Death... Again (2008)
The Alter Boys