Death By Stereo
Runaway Kids
Pour Habit
Date: July 9, 2016
Location: The Underground DTSA


Random set of events led me to this concert towards the last minute. During a trip to Half Off Books in Whittier I encountered Death by Stereo’s Black Sheep of the American Dream album. Intrigued by the art cover I decided to buy it, later finding out that Dan Palmer, from Zebrahead, was the guitarist of the band. A few months after this purchase the band announced a concert in Santa Ana. 2016 marked the 15th anniversary of the band releasing their second album Day of the Death. This concert marked the first time that the band played the album in its entirely in Orange County. It worked out perfectly for me in buying a ticket two days prior even though I worked the day of the concert.

I arrived early luckily finding a seat to sit down as the room started to become crowded. Off to the right I noticed that Dan Palmer was there interacting with fans. No one has a better mustache than this guy hands down, not even close. My stupid shyness got the better of me so I didn’t approach him to sign my album. As I waited I noticed that the venue was smaller than I anticipated, but I still enjoyed it though. Unfortunately for this concert I am unfamiliar with the opening bands, due to that I do not know their names. If anyone who was there knows your help would be greatly appreciated. The first two bands were great they got the crowd pumped up and excited for what was to occur. The lead singer of the third band impressed me out of all of the opening bands that night. His vigorous energy was a breath of fresh air as I have never seen another artist perform with that amount of energy before. He was thrashing around the stage which got the crowd to get up and headbang to the music. I loved this band, but wish I knew who they were. During the fourth bands performance a drunk man kept walking on stage dancing around them. It was amusing the first time around but he kept doing it repeatedly until security had to tell him to stop. Jim Lindberg of Pennywise performed with Wrath, the last opening band, and that’s when things started to get crazy. The area in front of the stage turned into a crazy mosh pit as people thrashed to the music, shoving each other back and forth. Linderberg gave an amazing, memorable performance that night. Finally at the end of the night Death by Stereo took the stage. During those 40 minutes the crowd went berserk as the band launched into their album setlist. I stayed back as that mosh pit was too crazy for my liking but since the stage was low getting photos from afar ended up being a difficult task. Between every song lead singer Efrem Schulz would tell a tale of the inspiration behind each song. I loved that part about their performance, knowing why they wrote each song was fascinating. I enjoy looking up trivial information such as this and knowing this information makes me appreciate the songs even more. Everyone in the band was astounding. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend this concert, next time I’ll summon  up the courage to ask for an autograph.

Death By Stereo Setlist
1. DeNo Shirt, No Shoes, No Salvation
2. Getting It Off My Chest
3. 91
4. You Can Lead A Man To Reason, But You Can’t Make Him Think
5. Porno, Sex, Drugs, Lies, Money And Your Local Government
6. Holding 60 Dollars On A Burning Bridge
7. You Mess With One Bean, You Mess With The Whole Burrito
8. Desperation Train
9. Testosterone Makes The World Go Round
10. High School Was Like Boot Camp For A Desk Job
11. Death For Life

Trivial Notes

  • 1st concert at the The Underground DTSA.
  • 1st time seeing Death by Stereo but 2nd time seeing Dan Palmer (three months prior saw him with Zebrahead at the House of Blues, Anaheim).