From prison to pandemic, Dale and the ZDubs are back in full force. Inspired by Dale’s 2017 to 2020 incarceration for a non-violent drug crime, DZD’s recent releases combine a distinct reggae influence intertwined with a hard-hitting rock style to tell raw, ridiculous, and vulnerable stories.
After the 3 year hiatus, Dale, Miles, Johan, Pat, and Julian went to work during quarantine to put instrumentation and melody behind the lyrics Dale wrote on the inside. Dale also hit up some old friends to be part of the comeback. The result is the current stream of saucy singles including “This Time” feat. The Elovaters, “Pathological” feat. Bumpin Uglies, and of course, “Her Melody” feat. HIRIE. In addition, ska-punk-rock-fan-favorite, “Neighbors,” featuring BALLYHOO! was finally released in the fall of 2023.
DZD’s absolute obsession with performing live is the catalyst of their continuously heavy tour schedule (if Dale isn’t in prison and/or the world isn’t ending). DZD has recently shared the stage with the likes of Sublime with Rome, Passafire, Little Stranger, Kash’d Out, Long Beach Dub Allstars, and Artikal Sound System. High-energy live shows feature multi-part vocal harmonies, along with thick guitar driven melodies. Sometimes Dale gets a little fucken crazy on stage too!
Gorilla tape enthusiast, exhibitionist, surrealist, and distance crawling world record attempter, Dale is the only member of the band who does not engage in monogamy. The Department of Corrections approved his vasectomy in early 2020, right before his departure from Indian Creek Correctional Center.
Miles is really pale. Miles is really big. Miles goes to the gym. Miles hits the drums really hard. It’s better for everyone that Miles goes to the gym and then hits the drums really hard, as opposed to anything or anyone else.
Johan doesn’t talk much, but when he does it’s pretty cool. Johan is actually 6’4″. Although, he will tell you he is only 6’1″. This is a metaphor for how he lives his life: one quarter mile at a time.
Shine and his girlfriend are professional hostlers. Oftentimes Shine and his girlfriend can be seen riding their horses together in slow motion. Sometimes you’ll catch Shine on the back of the horse, sitting behind said girlfriend as he clutches her waist shouting, “AHHHH SLOW DOWN!!!”
Multi-instrumentalist, mentalist, thaumaturgist, and curator of all things that will “take us to the next level.” People often ask Julian why he is bringing his talents to this group of “soon-to-be-over-
Holly Dog is actually the most pivotal mammal in this entire operation. With the libido of 3 Peter Norths and a dry hump that’ll set the world (or maybe just your leg) on fire, Holly Dog keeps morale at its palpitating zenith. You’ll find Holly Dog at most band practices making sure we’re hittin’ the “1’s & 2’s” just right, and awaiting the next belly rub.