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Victory Records signs Don't Sleep (Dag Nasty, Down By Law)

Sunday, February 10, 2019 1:11 PM PT


Official press release:

Victory Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Washington DC / Pennsylvania hardcore band Don't Sleep - led by legendary frontman Dave Smalley (Dag Nasty, DYS, Down By Law, ALL), bassist Garrett Rothman, guitarists Tom McGrath, Tony Bavaria and Jim Bedorf on drums. Don't Sleep, who formed in 2017, play anthemic, harmony laden, meaningful, melodic and uncompromising hardcore. They are (in their own words), "five friends playing hardcore and trying to make a positive impact on the world."

"Victory Records has played such an integral role in the evolution of hardcore. While Don't Sleep is a new project, we all came up in the old school and have mad respect for the history of Victory Records," comments Smalley. "After talking with Tony (Brummel, Victory founder) over the course of last year, we realized that he really connected with our vision for Don't Sleep and we honestly couldn't think of a better fit for this band. We're honored and humbled to be working with such an amazing label and unbelievably excited to be part of their family."

The band has released two EPs, Don't Sleep in 2017 (Unity Worldwide) and Bring The Light in 2018 (Reaper). Their full length Victory Records debut will be released this summer.

Don't Sleep has toured and shared stages with Shelter, Sick Of It All, Madball, Face To Face and performed on the final Vans Warped Tour in 2018. The band are currently in the studio recording their debut full length album with Grammy nominated producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Everclear).

Dave sums things up perfectly with, "It is a new era for hardcore and I am really happy with it."

We think that you will be too.


15 comments


anonymous
6 days ago
i definitely trust white people less after yesterday


anonymous
6 days ago
No one should respect Victory. Yeah they had great bands at one time but Tony is a shister c*nt who rips off all the bands

anonymous
6 days ago
Whens my turn to be an artist, simply dub the group life of a slave, exploited an mocked thoroughly. Have lost so much respect for just about everyone at this point.

anonymous
6 days ago
2019 year and bands still believes Tony

anonymous
6 days ago
can't wait for the tour with islander

anonymous
6 days ago
Tony is the type of guy to sit on a toilet backwards and listen to Don't Sleep.

anonymous
6 days ago
Victory records is still a thing?

anonymous
6 days ago
This is so washed up it should be on Bridge 9! How did they sleep on this?!!?!?!

anonymous
5 days ago
"Victory Records has played such an integral role in the evolution of hardcore. While Don't Sleep is a new project, we all came up in the old school and have mad respect for the history of Victory Records,"

Any respectable entertainment lawyer will advise you against making decisions based on this logic lol

anonymous
5 days ago
All & Down by Law are both really good. Tony gives 0 shits about your band. Only sign with them for 1 maybe 2 albums max. Please

anonymous
5 days ago
Brummel here aka the Rat - Don't be haters that I own all of you, have a condo in Miami, a yacht in the Bahamas & a wife that is a foot taller than me.

anonymous
5 days ago
Tony "Biggest Balls in Punk/Hardcore" Brummel here. My balls are so big I have to wear a custom made testicle bra.

anonymous
5 days ago
out of touch dudes thinking victory means anything to anybody

anonymous
4 days ago
I'm gonna sue you son! I'm gonna sue you. Get a lawyer , you're gonna get sued.