Down By Law

Decades: 1990s 2000s


This Los Angeles, California, USA hardcore rock band were formed in the early 90s by veteran singer Dave Smalley, formerly of DYS, Dag Nasty and All. An ever-changing list of compatriots, who by the mid-90s included Tampa Bay, Florida native Sam Williams (guitar, ex-Balance; Slap Of Reality), Angry John DiMambro (bass, ex-Clay Idols; Leonards) and Danny Westman (drums, ex-Florecene; Spindle), all boasted a similar level of achievement and experience. The band’s debut album, featuring Smalley, Chris Bagarozzi (guitar), Ed Urlik (bass) and Dave Nazworthy (drums), illustrated their style and outlook - uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll delivered with pace and a high degree of musical dexterity. It saw them signed to the influential Epitaph Records label. Though subsequent albums revealed steadily more complex arrangements, Down By Law’s work remains thoroughly consistent with the hardcore style. All Scratched Up! was introduced by the typically urgent...

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