Over My Dead Body formed in the spring of 2000 with
the single goal of being a full on straight edge hardcore band.
Aaron Cooley and Daniel Sant were talking one night and decided
that there was a lack of straight edge bands around and how they
missed that honesty, sincerity and fun spirit in hardcore. They
decided to do a band that was true to those ideals they both share
and picked out a few friends who they knew were sincere and cared
about the same.
Daniel asked his friend Rob Moran (formerly of Unbroken)
to play bass and Rob knew of a drummer who had just moved to California
from Virginia named Tommy Anthony (who used to drum for VA hardcore
heroes, Four Walls Falling). Lastly, Aaron brought in his friend
Scott Lopian to play second guitar with whom he played with in Built
to Last. So with their lineup complete they began to practice, record
their four-song demo, and finally play some shows.
With the ball finally rolling they got into the studio
to record their debut EP, NO RUNNERS, and embarked on their first
tour to the East Coast with some help from their good friends in
Bane. Later that year they returned to the studio and recorded their
full length, RUSTY MEDALS AND BROKEN BADGES. Following the release
of the new record, they parted ways with Scott. With another East
Coast tour in the works (this time with Carry On, Death Threat,
and The Hope Conspiracy) they found a replacement in another Built
to Last alumni, Dave Kennedy. Dave's tenure in the band was short
lived because of the demanding schedule of his "other"
band, Boxcar Racer. The empty spot in the band didn't go unfilled
for too long though. Longtime roadie and merch guy, Mike Arney stepped
up the the plate and has been playing with them ever since.
A split EP with Death Threat then followed as well
as US tour with Count Me Out, Terror and Death Threat. Upon returning
from tour Rob realized he couldn’t commit as much time to
the band as was needed and stepped down allowing Adam Meehan to
jump up from the front row at shows and into the bass player position.
With a new lineup they started to write their best and most complete
record to date, SINK OR SWIM. The record was produced by the band
and Paul Miner (Death By Stereo) and destroys anything they have
done in the past. The release of the record was followed up by another
successful US tour, this time with good friends Death By Stereo.
Their sound can be best described as straight up
traditional hardcore without the usual boundaries, they play what
they like not what they think people want to hear. The lyrics touch
on subjects from straight edge, to social and political struggles
to topics within the hardcore scene in which they are involved.
In this time where it's hard to trust anyone
or the things they stand for, you can trust in Over My Dead Body.