Eric Klinger – guitar, vocals (1993 – Current)
Tim Suto – guitars (1991 – Current)
Clay Peet – percussion (1991 – Current)
Ben Suto – bass guitar (1993 – Current)
Jim Payne – bass guitar, vocals (1991 – 1993)
Wright Bagwell – guitars (1991 – 1993)
Originally formed as Apathy in 1989, the band worked through several line-up changes and in late 1992 the band and it’s all new members evolved into DROP DEAD. Along with the new members came a new members came in a new attitude towards song writing that emphasized a unique style of music and performance. The band has grown from basement status to become a force to be reckoned with in the world of heavy rock.
More than just another heavy metal band, DROP DEAD combines elements from many different styles of music. A broad base of familiarity with other genres adds to their unique, heavy sound. Elements of New York style hardcore revolve around a heavy groove and are interwoven with howlish vocals to mark the DROP DEAD sound.
DROP DEAD has performed widely in the Pittsburgh and Youngstown areas. Their live shows are highly energetic to the point where they envelop the crowd with their tight, heavy grooves. DROP DEAD’s many dedicated fans add to the strong aura which emanates from every one of their live performances. A DROP DEAD show is a must see experience that beats dinner and a movie anytime.
The band spent the month of March 1993 at Tim’s Studio Productions in Warren, Ohio recording a full-length ten song CD entitled Cesspool. The band is looking forward to the release of their most mature and directed effort to date. The CD is being released and distributed by SIN KLUB Records of Toledo, Ohio sometime in May of ’93. DROP DEAD currently has a single out featuring two songs from their forthcoming debut CD aptly titled “Two Songs.” In the summer of 1993, accompanying the release of Cesspool, DROP DEAD plans to embark upon a regional mid-western tour to support their CD and enlist more dedicated fans.
In late 1993, the foursome decided a renewal was necessary — the name was changed and all but one of the band’s old tunes was scrapped. The newly-christened Section 3 1 5 set about writing songs “with a lot more energy to them, more aggression, certainly more talent!” relates Klinger.