Amery Smith

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Amery Smith
Also known asAWOL
Born (1964-08-03) August 3, 1964 (age 54)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresPunk rock, hardcore punk, heavy metal
Years active1982–present
Associated actsSuicidal Tendencies, Los Cycos, The Brood, Uncle Slam, Beastie Boys, BS2000, Leftover Crack, AgainST, G.F.P., Dead Fucking Last, Luicidal

Amery "AWOL" Smith (born August 3, 1964)[1] is a drummer from Los Angeles, California. He is best known for playing drums in the Venice punk band Suicidal Tendencies.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Amery Smith spent the first year of his life in Venice then moved 3 miles south with his father to Playa Del Rey, where his sister Dominy eventually showed him the other members of the Suicidal Tendencies such as frontman Mike Muir. She's the reason he even started in the music industry. "Neighborhood Watch played a backyard party at the house in Playa Del Rey and they had a Suicidal/Venice following. My band opened for Neighborhood Watch at the party and the next day I got a phone call from Mike Muir asking me if I wanted to try out for Suicidal Tendencies. And I said yes" AWOL said in an interview. Some say the name is quite fitting considering what people say about him.[4]

Suicidal Tendencies[edit]

Amery Smith played on the 1983 debut album on Lisa Fancher’s Frontier Records for Suicidal Tendencies and at the time Smith, being influenced by His sister Dominy Smith who was heavy in the punk scene at the time. Smith had an original and refreshing drum style compared to most punk drummers of 1983. He was also singer Mike Muirs first choice for the band Los Cycos, which was created during the band's four-year recording hiatus and at the time included his longtime friend Bob Heathcote (who later joined Suicidal Tendencies on their 1989 How Will I Laugh... album) on bass, guitarist Grant Estes on lead guitar, Anthony Gallo on rhythm guitar, and Mike Muir on vocals. Bassist Louiche Mayorga replaced Heathcote and No Mercy drummer Sal Troy replaced Smith for the recordings. Though he played only a few rehearsals before permanently leaving Los Cycos to form The Brood with guitarist Jon Nelson. Los Cycos did record one song "It's Not Easy" on the "Welcome to Venice" album.

Other Projects[edit]

Amery Smith was given the nickname "AWOL" by bandmate DJ Hurricane from the Beastie Boys in the early 90′s. "I was never where I was supposed to be. So 'Cane just said I was awol."[4] His old friends say the name is fitting because he was in such a quick rush to ditch them for fame. Smith is one of the forming members of Uncle Slam, The Brood and formed BS 2000 together with the Beastie Boys' Ad Rock. Ad Rock and AWOL didn't always get along considering Ad Rock knew His sister Dominy Smith before he met Amery. He also worked for the band The Mars Volta as production manager and as a drum tech for Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against the Machine, One Day As a Lion, Jimmy Eat World and Green Day. He played with the hardcore punk band Dead Fucking Last (a.k.a. DFL) in 1993. In May 2006, he reunited with his old Suicidal Tendencies bandmates Louiche Mayorga and Grant Estes to create the band AgainST with Excel vocalist Dan Clements and former No Mercy singer Kevin "The Jerk" Guercio. In 2012 Amery joined forces with DFL vocalist Tom Paul "Crazy Tom" Davis, guitarist Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion) and skate legend Tony "Mad Dog" Alva on bass to form the hardcore punk band G.F.P. (General Fucking Principle). They are collectively working on new material with Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato, Jr.[5]


and other various B-sides and compilations

  • F-Minus
    • "No Time" - Give 'em the Boot compilation (1997) Hellcat Records
    • "Methadrine" - Old Scars and Upstarts compilation (1999) Disaster Records
  • BS 2000
    • BS2000 - (1997) Grand Royal Records
    • Simply Mortified - (2000) Grand Royal Records
  • .001 Losers Club
    • "Wont Break Me Down" 7" - (1998) A+ Records
  • Felix
    • "Staying Stagnant" 7" - (2002) New Hit Records
  • Timmy Goes Boom
    • "Fast Enough" - Every Dog Will Have Its Day compilation (2002) Adeline Records
  • Leftöver Crack
    • "Crack City Rockers" - Give 'em the Boot 2 compilation (1999) Hellcat Records
    • "Rock the 40 Oz." 7" - (2000) Bankshot Records
  • U.S. Bombs
    • "American Made" - Covert Action (2003) Hellcat Records
  • AgainST
    • "Camarillo, Roll the Dice" - Welcome 2 Venice compilation (2007) Built on an Ounce Records


  1. ^ "Free Family Tree, Genealogy and Family History - MyHeritage".
  3. ^ "Biography: Suicidal Tendencies". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Entrevista – Amery Smith". 3 August 2009.
  5. ^ eMinor. "G.F.P. General Fucking Principle - Punk from Los Angeles, CA". ReverbNation.