Death By Stereo loves Regina shows
by Jennifer Semesock
Satisfied fans left the University of Regina Friday night after watching Death By Stereo perform another amazing show. “They were awesome, definitely all about their fans,” remarks a supporter of the punk-metal scene of Regina.
Death By Stereo has been on the road since the end of the summer, and will continue until December. However, the band refuses to complain about its crazy fans and hectic touring schedule. “It’s awesome…tiring, but so much fun,” admits Efrem Schultz, lead vocalist of the band. He remarks on how fans give him the high to get through each performance, even after a show that ran “a little too late” the night before.
The response to their new CD, Into The Valley Of Death, which was released in May 2003, has been amazing as well. “Incredible, it’s unreal, especially here in Canada, the fans are awesome,” explains Schultz. He makes it clear that Canada has some of the most devoted fans and the responses to the shows only keep getting better and better. Before the show, Schultz could not hide his excitement to perform, “Every time we’re in Regina it’s crazy, we love our fans.”
While talking with Death By Stereo, it was clear that they are not just a passing phase in the music scene. While many of the new-aged “punk” bands waste too much time promoting their style and not enough time playing about things of interest, Death By Stereo continues to keep focus on staying real. Their songs (such as “Wasted Words”) send a clear message on how it’s cool to just be you. “The song is about individuality, just trying to be yourself, and not all about the fashion,” says Schultz. When Death By Stereo began, the music genre that they were placed in was not considered “trendy.” However, MTV changed and therefore, so did the minds of all those who watch it, causing the punk-metal music scene, and even more so, the fashion of it all to become popular. Though it’s great for the ticket and CD sales, Death By Stereo continue to mock this propaganda in their songs, knowing that the phase will eventually pass. Thankfully, Death By Stereo has the support of years of previous fans behind them, so when the phase changes, it is safe to say that Death By Stereo will not.
As the end of their Canada tour nears, Death By Stereo’s future only looks brighter. While playing a benefit show at the end of October in Anaheim, California, for the victims of the September 29, 2003 incident in Blacksburg, Virginia (one kid was killed and many injured after he fell through a window at one of their shows), Death By Stereo plan to be filmed and have their show made into a video to be aired on television. Also, more tours are definitely in their agenda for the spring of 2004, and this time Death By Stereo plan on including Europe. Naturally, the band is excited to return to Regina in order to play for their devoted fans once again.