Metal, Progressive, Rock
From: Jacksonville, FL, United States

Band Members

  • Justin Shaw - Guitars, Keys, Vocals
  • Matt Conlee - Guitars
  • Brian Collins - Vocals
  • Josh King - Bass
  • Marc Zappia - Drums

About Band

We are Dummo. We are a five-piece progressive metal band from Jacksonville, FL. We are currently living on a 40' bus, playing shows all over Florida. We are an eclectic mixture of metal and melody. If you dig songs about zombies, inter-dimensional time travel, conflicts of emotion, world destruction and the power of the olfactory sense, then this is the band for you.

P.S.   You can listen to more of our songs at www.myspace.com/dummo.  The file sizes are too large to post them here.  You can also hear more at www.battleofthebands.com/dummo.  While you're there, you can vote for us for a slot on Rockstar's 'Taste of Chaos' Tour.

Why this name?
Dummo was merely the stupidest thing we could think of. It sticks in the brain like an axe.

Do you play live?
We are currently on a self-sustained Florida tour promoting our debut album, "Seasons in a Dry Age". We quit our jobs and moved onto a 1976 MCI8 Crusader. Our manager, Gail Smithson, keeps us busy with 3 to 4 shows a week. We live off of merch money and venue money. We are always looking for shows and will be expanding our route in March as we head for the west coast.

Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
That all depends on what the label was offering. All we are really asking for is the opportunity to play for large crowds, offer quality merchandise, and have dependable equipment.

Band History:
In Sept. of 2003, a new breed of progressive metal was born. Five guys got together to lay out their musical frustrations. These men wanted to write music that came straight from their hearts and spoke only that which was inside. Being that these five were quite the eclectic group of human beings, their interests lied in different areas of life. Matt is fascinated with serial killers and time travel. Justin has similar interests, yet, different ideas and philosophies which lead to hours of heated discussion. Combine these aspects with musicianship and you've got a couple of guys ready and willing to translate all the weird stuff in their heads into guitar riffs, piano lines, and nearly abstract lyrics. Toss Josh in the mix and you get a bit of a comical edge and incredible bass lines. You want power? Heart? Technique? Throw in a dash of Marc Zappia beating the s**t out of his drums. Ah, yes, the recipe is nearly complete, material has been written and now comes the hard part, finding a singer. They knew that they needed someone different. Someone who could manipulate melodies and belt out words without being the typical, melodramatic child still crying over a bad breakup. They needed Brian Collins. He had the range, he had the power, and he had the need to do something out of the ordinary. With no money or interest for props or costumes, the guys learned to let themselves go and allow the music that they wrote to flow freely from themselves, causing sparatic body movements, nonstop headbanging, and strange facial expressions. This, in turn, lead to a release of any inhibitions that any of them might have had when it came to dealing with an audience. No one was safe. People walking by the bar they were in had to stop and watch, whether they liked the music or not. In Sept. of 2006, they were finally ready to cut an album. Being that they were all fans of music with a deeper meaning, they decided to give the album a concept, something extra for the listener to pick up on. With songs about forged exsistence, time travel, mental splits, overwhelming emotional conflict, world destruction, zombies, regret and the oflactory sense, they were able to construct a story of emmense magnitude. They called this album "Seasons in a Dry Age". With the album in hand along with t-shirts, stickers, and an incredible devotion to their craft, the band quit their day jobs and moved into a forty foot bus, touring all over Florida and trying to make enough money to get to the next show.


Your influences?
Our influences range from original goodies like Pink Floyd, Metallica, Tool, Slayer, and many many other classic rock bands. .......Then other influences from other bands and artists like Aesop Rock, Buckethead, Indorphine, any group Les Claypool is in, any group Maynard Keenan is in, Dream Theater, Bruce Springsteen, Fear Factory and many other groups and artists that are at the moment, forgotten. Not only music is an influence on Dummo...we love film. The great epic movies such as the Matrix 1,2 and 3, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, Donnie Darko, Star Trek, Batman, Clerks, Braveheart... The films and television series we grew up with in the early 90's, like The Ninja Turtles, Batman, Freakazoid so forth and so on. Dummo is a melting pot of love, life, and experiences.

Favorite spot?
If we had to pick a favorite city/cities, we'd have to give you at least three: St. Augustine, Lake City and Sarasota.

Equipment used:
Justin uses Marshall amps, Gibson guitars, and a Roland 300sx keyboard. Matt uses Kustom amps, and Dean guitars. Josh uses Peavey amps, Yamaha basses, and Dean basses. Marc uses DW drums, Remo Heads, and Zildjian cymbals. Brian uses Shure microphones.

Anything else...?
As we've said before, we are always on the lookout for shows to play. We are also looking for bands within our sphere to play shows with. If you need a band or want to play a show with us, you can contact us at gail323is@bellsouth.net, gail323is@comcast.net, or leave us a message at www.myspace.com/dummo.

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