The Distillers

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The Distillers
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The Distillers at the Leeds Festival 2004
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, US
Genres Punk rock,[1] hardcore punk,[1] street punk[2][3][4]
Years active 1998–2006, 2018–present
Labels Sire, Epitaph, Hellcat
Associated acts Spinnerette, Darker My Love, The Nerve Agents, Angels & Airwaves, Love Equals Death, Rancid
Members Brody Dalle
Tony Bevilacqua
Andy Granelli
Ryan Sinn
Past members Rose Mazzola
Kim Chi
Mat Young

The Distillers are 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.

History[edit]

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. Following her very public divorce from Rancid's Tim Armstrong that same year, Brody Dalle resumed performing under her own name.

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.[5]

In January 2018, Dalle shared a teaser video via The Distillers' Instagram and a newly-opened Twitter account to confirm the return of the band. Initially, it was believed that the four Twitter accounts that The Distillers' Twitter was following would make up the 2018 line-up of the band: Dalle, Bradley, Granelli and former Spinnerette member Alain Johannes. Since then, however, the account has unfollowed Johannes; and subsequently followed former bassist Sinn. Bradley has since deleted his Twitter account.

It was later announced that the band would perform their first official show back in over 13 years at The Casbah (music venue) in San Diego, California in late April 2018[6].

On September 11th 2018, the Distillers official Instagram account announced the release of a new single available on iTunes. [7]

Members[edit]

Current members

Former members

  • Rose "Casper" Mazzola – lead guitar, backing vocals (1998-2002)
  • Kim Chi – bass, backing vocals (1998-2000)
  • Mat Young – drums, percussion (1998-2000)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions Certification
US
[8]
US
Ind.

[9]
UK
[10]
2000 The Distillers
2002 Sing Sing Death House
  • Label: Hellcat
29
2003 Coral Fang 97 46

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
The Distillers EP
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Formats: 7" vinyl

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
US
Alt

[8]
UK
[10]
2002 "The Young Crazed Peeling" Sing Sing Death House
"City of Angels"
2003 "Drain the Blood" 28 51 Coral Fang
2004 "The Hunger" 48
"Beat Your Heart Out" 74
2018 "Man vs. Magnet" Man vs. Magnet / Blood in Gutters
"Blood in Gutters"

Music videos[edit]

  • "The Young Crazed Peeling" (2002)
  • "City of Angels" (2002)
  • "Drain the Blood" (2003)
  • "The Hunger" (2003)
  • "Beat Your Heart Out" (2003)
  • "Man Vs. Magnet" (2018)

In popular culture[edit]

  • 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.

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Distillers Biography Archived 2014-05-03 at the Wayback Machine. at Allmusic
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "The Distillers". In Music We Trust. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24.
  4. ^ "Brody Dalle: Spinnerette / The Distillers". Exclaim.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-01-07.
  5. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Artist Biography". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  6. ^ Fu, Eddie C. "The Distillers reveal reunion tour dates". Access Atlanta. AJC.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ "THE DISTILLERS MAN VERSUS MAGNET/BLOOD IN GUTTERS". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  8. ^ a b "The Distillers - Chart History". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2015-03-08. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  9. ^ "Sing Sing Death House Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  10. ^ a b "Distillers – Artist". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  11. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-29.

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