Dave Smalley

Dave Smalley is an American musician, best known as the lead singer for the hardcore punk bands DYS and Dag Nasty, and skate punk band All as well as lead singer/guitarist with Down by Law. He is known for his influence on pop punk music and his early contributions to the emo genre. He also founded a side project called The Sharpshooters, whose music is influenced by mod revival bands such as The Jam. Smalley has also produced and appeared on Canadian punk band Penelope's second album, Face au silence du monde, recorded by Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studio in Arlington, Virginia. He received a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a masters in political science from California State University Los Angeles. He resides with his family in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he works as a features editor of the Weekender section of the town's newspaper, the Free Lance-Star. He previously worked as the youth editor for it!, a teen news supplement to the Free-Lance Star, and won several awards for that section. In 2016, Smalley released a solo album, Punk Rock Days, featuring acoustic arrangements of Dag Nasty and Down by Law material, as well as new songs and Irish folk music. The album featured contributions by guitarists from Down by Law and Dag Nasty, as well as family members of Smalley. In 2017, he started fronting a new band called Don't Sleep. They've since released two EPs: the self-titled Don't Sleep EP on Unity Worldwide Records (2017), and the Bring The Light 7 inch on Reaper Records (2018). The band also did a tour with Shelter in 2018. Their first LP Turn The Tide is being released on Mission Two Entertainment in September 2020. Since 2017, Dave Smalley has a new band called Dave Smalley & The Bandoleros. They released an album in 2018 called Join the Outsiders and had plans to play several shows in Europe.

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