The Deadly Syndrome

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The Deadly Syndrome
The deadly syndrome band photo 2010.jpg
The Deadly Syndrome in January 2010.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Indie rock, alternative rock
Years active 2006 - January 2013
Labels Independent, Dim Mak Records (2006-Present)
Associated acts Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Website [1]
Members William Etling
Jesse Hoy
Michael Hughes
Christopher Richard

The Deadly Syndrome was a musical group based in Los Angeles, California.


The band was formed in 2006 by William Etling, Jesse Hoy, Michael Hughes and Christopher "Crash" Richard. In fall of 2006 the band was signed to the record label Dim Mak Records.

Immediately after being signed, the band began working on its debut album, The Ortolan, which was released worldwide on September 11, 2007 and produced by Nico Aglietti and Aaron Older of the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

The Ortolan received favorable reviews from Allmusic[2], The Los Angeles Times[3], The Tripwire [4], Pitchfork Media[5], and French rock magazine Les InRockuptibles [6].

Prior to the album's release, the band toured in California with Oh No! Oh My! and Let's Go Sailing, and played shows with The Airborne Toxic Event opening for them. In July 2007, they toured with Hot Hot Heat whose frontman Steve Bays cited their sound as one of his new favorites in an interview on Rolling Stone[7].

In 2009 The Deadly Syndrome opened for Silversun Pickups at The Glass House in Pomona, California, as well as Lykke Li at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, California.[8] In November 2009 the band played several shows across the Southwest with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.[9]

In February 2010 the band announced plans to self-release a second LP, titled Nolens Volens. The album was engineered and produced by band member Michael Hughes at Hughes' home, mixing duties were shared by Hughes and Kennie Takahashi.[10] Nolens Volens was released on March 23, 2010 [11] to favorable reviews. [12]

Their song "I Hope I Become a Ghost" can be heard on the "World's Greatest Dad" and Detention of the Dead soundtracks and their song "Young at Heart" can be heard on the Jackass 3.5

On March 20, 2012, the band released the video for "Demons", the first track off their newest album All In Time.

All In Time was released on August 7th, 2012.

On January 7, 2013, the band announced that they were officially separating, on statements released via their websites and various social networks.

Now a member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Crash is rumored to be releasing his solo debut Hardly Criminal in early 2014.

Band members[edit]


  • The Ortolan (Dim Mak, 2007)
  • Nolens Volens (Self-released, 2010)
  • All In Time (Self-released, 2012)

External links[edit]

  • The Deadly Syndrome's Homepage [13]
  • The Deadly Syndrome's Myspace page [14]
  • Demons on Vimeo [15]