Dead Bars began in Seattle when punk drummer John Maiello picked up a guitar and started writing short blasts of no-bs-power-punk-rock in 2013. Soon after, NJ punk drummer C.J Frederick joined to play drums and guitar. They quickly recorded 6 songs which made their way onto an EP and split 7" on legendary No Idea Records in 2014. The next few years saw the two working and re-working their first album Dream Gig which finally came to life sometime in 2017, also on No Idea Records.
The next phase of the band introduced Jon Oddo from Kansas City on bass guitar. The three started making their next album Regulars which was released in 2019 on punk legends Anti-Flag's A-F Records. Shortly after, Elliot Thordarson and Paul Davis came in to fill out the lineup on guitar and drums respectively. The group continues to consistently release new singles and live material on their own label Dead Bars Records, as well as collaborations with friends Rad Girlfriend Records, Dirt Cult Records, Surfridge Records, and most recently the fine folks at Really Rad Records.
2023 marks the 10-year anniversary of the group and starts the next phase of the Dead Bars story. The future is unwritten. The family is growing, and the universe is vast. Dead Bars are better than ever! Enjoy the ride! Dead Bars Forever!