|Origin||Santa Rosa, California|
|Genres||Punk rock, skate punk, pop punk|
|Years active||1993–2002, 2011-present (on hiatus)|
|Website||Diesel Boy's official Facebook page|
Diesel Boy's official MySpace page
|Past members||Mike Schaus|
Diesel Boy is a punk rock band from Santa Rosa, California. They were formed in 1993 and were active until 2002, and have been on hiatus since then. They have a 7" on Fat Wreck Chords, 4 full-length albums released on Honest Don's Records and a split EP with the band Divit that was released on Coldfront Records.
The band was formed in summer 1993, and soon after the world was introduced to their clever use of puns with their 7" release on Fat Wreck Chords, aptly titled Strap on Seven Inch, with four tracks, the first of which was "Twitty Twister". Shortly afterwards in September 1996, Cock Rock would be released as their debut full length, released on Honest Don's Records, a partner label of Fat Wreck Chords, for which Diesel Boy was the flagship band. Ryan Greene produced all four albums the band would eventually release.
The band toured relentlessly from 1995 to 2002. It is estimated that they played in 40 of the 50 U.S. states, every province in Canada (where it is arguable that the band enjoyed its biggest following), Europe for three times, and Australia. During this time they played with the likes of No Use for a Name, NOFX, Good Riddance, The Vandals, Strung Out, SNFU, Gob, The Goober Patrol, The Ataris, Satanic Surfers, and The Sugar Hill Gang.
Strung Out took them on their first U.S./Canada tour which followed the buzz created by appearance of the band's instant classic "Titty Twister", on the Fat Records compilation Survival of the Fattest. Their second album, Venus Envy (1998), marked the departure of drummer and original member, Mike (Baump) Schaus. Geoff (Lackey) Arcuri, formerly of the Florida band Shyster, joined Diesel Boy in late 1998. A third album followed in 1999 called Sofa King Cool.
Following their 2001 album Rode Hard and Put Away Wet, the band unofficially split up. Vocalist Diesel Dave said in a 2011 interview that "things just got wound down".
In 2006, the band created a MySpace page and later in 2009 a Facebook page. In 2011 the band got back together and on July 18, 2011 announced on their Facebook page that they will write a new album. Several songs were composed, but due to the geographic difficulties (Diesel Dave was based in Seattle whereas the other members in California) as well as family reasons were not able to complete the album, and no musical content has been released since.
The band did however play some gigs, such as at the Hits and Pits Tour in Australia in March 2013. In 2015 the band cancelled their appearance at the GROEZROCK festival in Meerhout, Belgium with no explanation.
The band's vocalist, Diesel Dave, remains connected to writing by free-lancing for various publications, weekly magazines (such as the Seattle Weekly) and various blogs including a health industry publications.
- Dave "Diesel Dave" Lake – vocals and guitar (1993–present)
- Justin Werth - guitar and vocal harmonies (1993-present). He has also played guitar in the punk band Fang.
- Greg "G.D." Hensley - bass guitar (1993-present). He has also played for the country punk band The Famous.
- Geoff Arcuri - drummer (1999–present)
- Mike Schaus - drummer (1993–1999)
- Cock Rock (1996)
- Venus Envy (1998)
- Sofa King Cool (1999)
- Rode Hard and Put Away Wet (2001)
- Strap on Seven Inch (1996)
- Double Letter Score (with Divit) (2001)
- "She's My Queen" (1999)
Appearances in popular culture
- Their song from the Venus Envy album, "Endless Summer Days", appears in the full-length feature Drive Me Crazy.
- Three of their songs of the Sofa King Cool album, "A Literary Love Song", "She's My Queen" and "Shining Star", were featured as soundtracks in the 1999 video game, Test Drive Off-Road 3.
- The song "She's My Queen" from the Sofa King Cool album was mentioned in the Paul Simon biography A Life, as a song that references Joe DiMaggio (although it is incorrectly referred to as "She's My Marilyn Monroe").
- The song "True Drew" is mentioned in the book Rock and Roll Baby Names as a rock song related to the name Drew.
- http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Diesel-Boy-Biography/84990670FB5011A048256C1E00274152 Sing365 Diesel Boy's Biography
- "Reviews". Maximum Rocknroll (225). May 2002.
- http://www.last.fm/music/Diesel%20Boy Last.fm - Diesel Boy
- Iwasaki, Scott (July 11, 1997). "Punk Sundays' start this weekend at Holy Cow". The Deseret News.
- http://squidproquo1.blogspot.com/2011/06/interview-with-dave-lake-of-diesel-boy.html Squid Pro Quo: Interview with Dave Lake of Diesel Boy
- http://www.punknews.org/article/43516 PunkNews.org Diesel Boy working on new album
- Eliot, Marc (2010). Paul Simon: A Life. Wiley. p. 294. ISBN 0470433639.
- Eby, Margaret (2012). Rock and Roll Baby Names. Gotham. ISBN 1592406955.