Dave Smalley

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Dave Smalley
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Smalley performing with Down by Law in 2009
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., United States
GenresPunk rock
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1983–present

Dave Smalley is an American musician, best known as the lead singer for the hardcore punk bands DYS,[1][2] Dag Nasty,[3] and All[4] and as lead singer/guitarist with Down by Law.[5][6] He is known for his influence on pop punk music and his early contributions to the emo genre. He also founded a side project called The Sharpshooters, whose music is influenced by mod revival bands such as The Jam. Smalley has also produced and appeared on Canadian punk band Penelope's second album, Face au silence du monde, recorded by Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studio in Arlington, Virginia.

He received a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a masters in political science from California State University Los Angeles. He resides with his family in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he works as a features editor of the Weekender section of the town's newspaper, the Free Lance-Star.[7] He previously worked as the youth editor for it!, a teen news supplement to the Free-Lance Star, and won several awards for that section.

In 2016, Smalley released a solo album, Punk Rock Days, featuring acoustic arrangements of Dag Nasty and Down by Law material, as well as new songs and Irish folk music. The album featured contributions by guitarists from Down by Law and Dag Nasty, as well as family members of Smalley.

In 2017, he started fronting a new band called Don't Sleep.[8] They've since released two EPs: the self-titled Don't Sleep EP on Unity Worldwide Records (2017),[9] and the Bring The Light 7 inch on Reaper Records (2018).[10] The band also did a tour with Shelter[11] in 2018. Their first LP Turn The Tide is being released on Mission Two Entertainment in September 2020.[12]

Since 2017, Dave Smalley has a new band called Dave Smalley & The Bandoleros. They released an album in 2018 called Join the Outsiders and had plans to play several shows in Europe.[13]



  • 1983 – Brotherhood (Vocals)
  • 1984 – DYS (Vocals)
  • 1989 – Fire And Ice (prior two records on one CD) (Vocals)
  • 2005 – Wolfpack – "Brotherhood," re-released with the band's original Wolfpack radio demo
  • 2011 – More than Fashion: LIVE from the Gallery East Reunion – live tracks from the band's initial reunion show, featuring songs from both of their studio albums, Bridge 9 Records
  • 2011 – "Wild Card" – Single on Bridge 9 Records
  • 2011 – "Sound of our Town" – Single on Bridge 9 Records
  • 2012 – "Unloaded" – Single on Bridge 9 Records
  • 2012 – "(We are) The Road Crew" (Motorhead Cover) – Single on Bridge 9 Records
  • 2012 – "Brotherhood 2012" – Single on Bridge 9 Records
  • 2012 – "True Believers" – Single on Bridge 9 Records

Dag Nasty[edit]


Down By Law[edit]

Dave Smalley & the Bandoleros[edit]

  • 2018 – Join the Outsiders (vocals)
  • 2020 – Ignited (vocals)

Don't Sleep[edit]

  • 2017 – Don't Sleep (Vocals)
  • 2018 – Bring the Light (Vocals)
  • 2020 – Turn The Tide (Vocals)


  • 1990 – Rule of Thumb – Don't look Down – Club Rat records (vocals)
  • 1990 – Chemical PeopleThe Right Thing (Background Vocals)
  • 1998 – Two Man Advantage – drafted (Producer, Background Vocals)
  • 1999 – Under The Gun – Nowhere to Run (Producer, Guest Vocals on "The Mirror")
  • 2000 – The Sharpshooters – Viva Los Guerillas (Vocals, Guitar)
  • 2002 – Penelope – Face au silence du monde (Background Vocals)
  • 2009 – PocketBeautiful Gray (Vocals)
  • 2010 – Marc Ganancias – Painted Walls (Guest Vocals on "Rewind & Repeat")
  • 2013 – Marc Ganancias – Policy of Discontent (Guest vocals on "Yours Truly")
  • 2016 – Dave Smalley – Punk Rock Days


  1. ^ "DYS". Discogs.com. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  2. ^ "an interview with Dave Smalley; a new DYS song". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Dischord Records: Dag Nasty". Dischord.com. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  4. ^ "BIO". All.tumblr.com. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  5. ^ Distefano, Alex. "Why Down By Law Chose to Get Back Up In the SoCal Punk Scene". Ocweekly.com. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Down By Law Bio". Epitaph Records. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Newsroom contacts for The Free Lance-Star". Fredericksburg.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Dave Smalley (Dag Nasty, etc) fronting Don't Sleep — stream a new track". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  9. ^ "Review: Don't Sleep, 'Don't Sleep' (Unity Worldwide Records, 2017)". Noecho.net. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  10. ^ "Don't Sleep - Bring The Light [7-inch]". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  11. ^ "Shelter announce tour with Dave Smalley's band Don't Sleep". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  12. ^ "Don't Sleep - Turn The Tide • Punk Rock Theory". Punkrocktheory.com. 2020-06-25. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  13. ^ "Dave Smalley (Dag Nasty, etc) releasing debut Bandoleros album (stream a track)". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 2020-01-06.

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