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Dropdead live in Austin, Texas on May 19, 2007
Background information
OriginProvidence, Rhode Island, U.S.
GenresHardcore punk, powerviolence
Years active1991–present
LabelsArmageddon Label, MCR, Prank Records, Selfless Records, Crust Records
Associated acts
  • The Fuzz
  • Lolita Black
  • I, Destroyer
  • Straight to Hell
  • Battlesnake
  • Fucking Invincible
MembersBob Otis
Ben Barnett
Brian Mastrobuono
George Radford
Past membersDevon Cahill
Lee Mastrobuono

Dropdead is an American hardcore punk band based in Providence, Rhode Island.[1] They have been active in the punk scene since 1991,[2] having been formed in January of that year.[3] The band's songs are generally short and very fast-paced, with few lasting longer than one minute. Other famous crust punk and grindcore bands like Nasum[4] have covered some of their songs. The band has a strong do-it-yourself ethic.


Meeting in Providence in 1989, they started playing as Hellocaust. After reconfiguring the lineup, a name change, and a great increase in speed and intensity, Dropdead was officially formed in January 1991. The first show happened in April 1991 with Born Against and Rorschach.

They are currently writing material for their third full length record, the follow up to their 1998 Untitled album. They plan on recording it with Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio, hoping for a 2019 release.[5]


They have cited various acts where they have drawn musically from: Anti Cimex, Crass, Conflict, Confuse, Discharge, Gauze, Icons of Filth, Infest, Lärm, Merzbow, Mob 47, Pandemonium, S.O.B., Septic Death, Siege (whose 1984 demo tape Drop Dead is the origin of the band's name), SSD, and Swans.


  • Bob Otis – vocals (1991–present)
  • Ben Barnett – guitar (1991–present)
  • Brian Mastrobuono – drums (1991–present)
  • George Radford – bass (2010–present)
  • Lee Mastrobuono – bass (1991–1996)
  • Devon Cahill – bass (1996–2010)
Live at St. Stephens, DC, 2011



Studio albums
  • Dropdead (1993, Selfless) (Sometimes referred to as 落とす死 or Dropdead 1993)
  • Untitled (1998, Armageddon Label) (Sometimes referred to as LP 2 or Dropdead 1998)
  • Untitled 7" (1992, Crust Records)
  • Hostile 7" (1996, Spiral Objective/Insurgence)
  • Arms Race EP (2018, Armageddon)
  • Dropdead/Swirlies (1991, Fast Forward)
  • Dropdead/Rupture 8" (1992, Highly Collectable Records)
  • Dropdead/Crossed Out 5" (1993, co-released by five labels)
  • Dropdead/Totalitär 7" (2002, Prank)
  • Dropdead/Unholy Grave 7" (2003, MCR)
  • Dropdead/Look Back and Laugh 7" (2004, Armageddon)
  • Converge/Dropdead 7" (2011, self-released)
  • Dropdead/Ruidosa Inmundicia 7" (2013, Armageddon)
  • Dropdead/Systematic Death – Fighting For Life 7" (2013, Armageddon)
  • Dropdead/Brainoil 7" (2014, Armageddon)
  • Demo 1991 (1991, Armageddon, Fast Forward)
  • What Could Be Single lathe 6" (2014, Armageddon; recorded live on BSR 88.1 FM on February 5, 2004)
Compilation albums
Live albums
  • Untitled (1991, self-released; recorded live at 2nd show)
  • Untitled (1991, self-released; recorded live on WRIU Radio 90.3 FM on May 22, 1991)
  • Live at The Jame Room (1996, HG Fact Co. in Japan; recorded in Columbia, SC on August 10, 1993)
  • Stack/Dropdead – Live In Udine 1996 (1997, self-released; recorded in Udine, Italy on October 2, 1996)
  • Drop On – The Bootleg 3" (1997, Profane Existence Far East; recorded at Bad Lands, Hitoshima, Japan on May 14, 1996)
  • Dropdead/Mrtvá Budoucnost/Primitiv Bunko - The Big Boss Originall Soundtrack (1998, Hogo Fogo Records; recorded live at 007 Club in Praha, Czech Republic on October 29, 1998)
  • Live In Železniki (1998, Podpajsho Rekords; recorded in Železniki, Slovenia on November 1, 1998)
  • Humanity Is Burying the Earth with Its Rotting Carcasses (1999, Ad Absurdum Records; recorded in Lahti, Finland on October 19, 1997)
  • Live AJZ Wermelskirchen (2003, Red C Records, Armageddon; recorded in AJZ.Bahndamm Wermelskirchen, Germany in December 1998)

Associated Acts[edit]

Bob Otis
  • Previously: The Fuzz
  • Currently: Lolita Black, Extinction Machine, and I, Destroyer
Ben Barnett
  • Runs Armageddon Label and Armageddon Record Shop
  • Previously: Snake Apartment
Brian Mastrobuono
  • Previously: Straight to Hell, Battlesnake, Neon Bitches, and Ratstab
  • Currently: hell bent
George Radford
  • Currently: Fucking Invincible, and Sweet Jesus
Devon Cahill
  • Previously: Monster X, Exploding Corpse Action, Conniption, and Hail Mary

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Arab on Radar Interview mentioning Providence bands
  2. ^ [2] Interview with drummer (1st question)
  3. ^ n/a (2011-08-11). "The Dropdead Interview". blowthescene.com. Blow the Scene. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  4. ^ Pratt, Greg (2016-06-16). "Dropdead - Dropdead". decibelmagazine.com. Decibel. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  5. ^ Pratt, Greg. "Full EP Stream: Dropdead – "Arms Race" and unreleased 1995 material". Decibel. Red Flag Media. Retrieved 14 March 2019.

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