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Boston, United States (2004 – present)

Defeater are an American melodic-hardcore band from Boston, Massachusetts. To date, they have released Three full-length albums, two EPs and a single. The band’s current lineup consists of Derek Archambault (vocals/acoustic guitar), Jay Maas (guitar), Jake Woodruff (guitar), Joe Longobardi (drums) and Mike Poulin (bass). All of the band’s works have been released via Bridge Nine Records, aside from the album Travels, which was initially released via Top Shelf Records, but was later reissued on Bridge Nine Records.

The band formed in 2004; however, it would take several years for recorded material to surface. The band’s debut album, Travels, was released on September 16th, 2008. It depicts the story of a young man born at the end of the Second World War to a struggling family living on the Jersey shores. Defeater’s body of work would continue this story, making the group well known for its high conceptual ambitions. The narrative highlights the hardships and internal conflicts faced by a working-class family living on the Jersey Shore during the post-WWII period. On why this era is of interest to the group, guitarist Maas has said “it’s seen as this period of great American prosperity but there was still a lot of racism, sexism and homophobia. We write about these prejudices and things like war and murder and how they affected real people. All these things definitely contradict those Norman Rockwell-rosy images of that period.”


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  • eyeslikefireee

    Lost Ground is still the best thing to ever happen to me

    8 Dec 1:53am Reply
  • AndreyLeto

    Amazing band!

    7 Sep 11:25am Reply
  • brootinho

    Check out my cover of But Breathing:

    14 Aug 12:40pm Reply
  • deadbysun


    11 Aug 6:12pm Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    Solid band all around.

    31 Jul 4:47pm Reply
  • carlos4444

    Defeater and their singer Derek Archambault are trying to raise money for a hip replacement Derek needs Everyone who saw him on the last European tour knows that he REALLY does need that operation, he looked like an old man suffering a lot of pain... So if you got some money over - donate it to him, he deserves it :)

    12 Jul 6:55pm Reply
  • koholintisland

    "hardcore for underage pop punk lovers." coming from the guy listening to enter shikari LOL

    1 Jul 8:44am Reply
  • Kyonil


    13 Jun 11:17am Reply
  • LiimpanH

    But rfuv, you listen a lot to Touché Amoré which basically has the same fanbase

    5 May 9:20am Reply
  • rustedembrace

    "Travels is the only good thing about this band" What about the EP? Seems like people who prefer the Travels style also like the EP. Personally I liked ED&SN because it was their best in terms of the music creating an atmosphere for the story

    28 Apr 6:58pm Reply
  • rustedembrace

    I think they've used up all the angles on the same story and its time for something new. Maybe in the same time period with the same vibes but a new set of characters and story line. Then again, it sucked when they did that with Pokemon so idk

    28 Apr 6:54pm Reply
  • paintchipsaway

    Travels is the only good thing about this band

    1 Apr 1:55pm Reply
  • nostalgia-rush

    LH is a whole different beast than ED/SN. i don't think it's fair to compare the two styles.

    31 Mar 5:46pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    "hardcore for underage pop punk lovers." or mid 20s pop punk lovers. don't discriminate.

    15 Mar 4:24am Reply
  • brootinho

    I've really hated Letters Home at first but it got great after listening to it 4-5 times

    8 Mar 12:20pm Reply
  • rfuv

    hardcore for underage pop punk lovers.

    20 Feb 8:29pm Reply
  • nicobellic1994

    I love Derek's rough voice on Letters Home but the instrumental parts don't really appeal to me.

    12 Feb 5:42pm Reply
  • xlarfleezex

    New Defeater is solid material, but I think it doesn't live up to Empty Days & Sleepless[2]

    12 Feb 4:19pm Reply
  • MaikMoreira

    This band calms me at dawn. .-.

    10 Feb 3:20am Reply
  • sadandboring

    винрарный мхк

    27 Jan 5:50am Reply
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