The Distillers at the Leeds Festival 2004
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk, street punk|
|Labels||Sire, Epitaph, Hellcat|
|Associated acts||Spinnerette, Darker My Love, The Nerve Agents, Angels & Airwaves, Love Equals Death, Rancid|
|Past members||Brody Dalle
The Distillers were an Australian-American punk rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1998 by vocalist and guitarist Brody Dalle. Dalle co-wrote, played guitar and provided vocals for nearly every track on the band's three albums. After the breakup of the band in 2006, Dalle and Distillers guitarist Tony Bevilacqua went on to form Spinnerette.
The punk rock outfit The Distillers first came together in late 1998 when Australian born guitarist Brody Dalle met bassist Kim Chi and the two bonded over their love for playing punk rock. They proceeded to recruit Detroit guitarist Rose Mazzola and drummer Matt Young.
Signed to Epitaph, the band issued its self-titled debut in April 2000. Sing Sing Death House appeared the same year, but was re-released in early 2002 thanks to the sudden popularity of "Seneca Falls." By now, Kim Chi had left the group to join Exene Cervenka in her band, the Original Sinners. Ryan Sinn stepped in to replace her; Matt departed to join Chi while Mazzola left during the height of "Seneca Falls". By summer 2002, The Distillers were composed of Dalle, Sinn, and new drummer Andy Granelli; joint American dates with No Doubt and Garbage were planned for later that fall. Guitarist/vocalist Tony Bradley joined The Distillers in time for the recording of their third album and major-label debut, Coral Fang, which was released in 2003 by Sire. For the album, Armstrong reverted to playing under the name Brody Dalle, following her very public divorce from Rancid's Tim Armstrong that same year.
Granelli left the band in early 2005, moving on to play with Darker My Love, and by summer, Sinn had exited as well, later joining up with Angels and Airwaves. Despite rumors, The Distillers, now just Dalle and Bradley, denied that they were breaking up, instead simply going on hiatus. In early 2006, Dalle had her first child, daughter Camille, with new husband Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. By the year's end, the two remaining members formally announced the band's disbandment and went on to form Spinnerette together.
- Last formation
- Brody Dalle — lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1998-2006), lead guitar (2002)
- Tony Bevilacqua — lead guitar, backing vocals (2003-2006)
- Ryan Sinn — bass, backing vocals (2000-2006)
- Andy Granelli — drums, percussion (2000-2006)
- Former members
- Rose "Casper" Mazzola — lead guitar, backing vocals (1998-2002)
- Kim Chi — bass, backing vocals (1998-2000)
- Mat Young — drums, percussion (1998-2000)
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certification|
|2002||Sing Sing Death House
|The Distillers EP||
|2002||"The Young Crazed Peeling"||—||—||Sing Sing Death House|
|"City of Angels"||—||—|
|2003||"Drain the Blood"||28||51||Coral Fang|
|"Beat Your Heart Out"||—||74|
- The Young Crazed Peeling (2002)
- City of Angels (2002)
- Drain the Blood (2003)
- The Hunger (2003)
- Beat Your Heart Out (2003)
In popular culture
- In a February 2003 episode of Gilmore Girls, Jess surprises Rory with last-minute tickets to a Distillers concert.
- A version of the song "Muppet N.A.M.B.L.A" on the Leftöver Crack album Rock the 40 Oz. features Dalle on guest vocals.
- In the Daredevil episode "Kinbaku", Die on a Rope is played on the stereo of a car that Matt Murdock and Elektra steal.
- "Beat Your Heart Out" is featured in Tony Hawk's Underground 2.
- "Dismantle Me" is featured in MTX Mototrax.
- "Seneca Falls" is featured in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.
- "Drain the Blood" is featured in Gran Turismo 4 and is a downloadable song for Rock Band.
- The song "Beat Your Heart Out" and a cover of the "Spider-Man theme song" are featured in the video game adaptation of Spider-Man 2.
- The songs "City of Angels" and "Hall of Mirrors" both featured in the 2004 game True Crime: Streets of LA.
- "City of Angels" is featured in Crash 'N' Burn, as well as in the third episode of Sleeper Cell entitled "Money".
- The Distillers Biography at Allmusic
- Diehl, Matt (2007). My So-Called Punk: Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Distillers, Bad Religion—How Neo-Punk Stage-Dived Into the Mainstream. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-33781-0.
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- "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-02-29.