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Los Angeles, United States (1998 – present)

theSTART is an American band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. Their current lineup includes Aimee Echo, Jamie Miller, Lance Webber and Chelsea Davis.

Echo and Miller formed the band in the fall of 1998, citing a mutual love of old-school new wave, dance-punk energy and dark pop, with bassist Jeff Jaeger, drummer Scott Ellis (Mellowdrone, She Wants Revenge) and guitarist Mike Smith. The latter left during the recording of their debut album, Shakedown!, which was released on The Label, a sub-label of Geffen Records.

After returning from touring, the band found the label was closing its doors, and, after Scott Ellis’ departure, released The 1234 EP independently. Following a 2002 summer tour supporting Scarling., the band gathered enough money to release theSTART EP on smallstone records. After a tour supporting AFI, the band was signed to nitro records. Stabilizing a new line-up with Erick Sanger and Billy Brimblecom, Jr., they recorded their next album, Initiation. In the meantime, theSTART EP was re-released on Nitro Records under the title Death Via Satellite. Unfortunately, on the day of Initiation’s release, Brimblecom announced his departure. The band proceeded to tour with artists such as The Offspring, Auf Der Maur and Garbage with a number of fill-in drummers. Sanger was let go in 2006 for unclear reasons, paving the way for current rhythm section Lance Webber and Chelsea Davis. The band also parted ways with Nitro Records, and signed with Metropolis Records later that year, releasing Ciao, Baby in 2007.

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  • adirgeforher

    <3

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AcronymBlood_

    woah! forgot about these guys, theyre really good ;)

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TashaKatrine

    Just listened to theStart on Seattle's The Edge C-89.5. Very cool! Sad to see nothing new here. If anyone is interested in listening to something similar, try http://www.last.fm/music/More+Machine+Than+Man/Dark+Matter. Some have described it as new wave industrial with hooks. Hope you like it and hope to hear new music from theStart soon!!!

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ShadowolfIncubi

    Overdue for a new album!

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Cammerslammer

    Im sad. I need more live amiee/thestart in my life. Is she still doing that normandie thing?

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Equa_Lizer

    The Conversation is one of the best songs I've ever heard.

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • klj5269

    Jamie Miller is apparently recording and touring with the "new" Orgy right now, if that's any indication...

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • E-vanWyk

    anybody know when they'll be bringing out a new album..... or should I say "IF" they'll be bringing out a new album??

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • captnhowdy

    'Time' pleases my ears oh so much.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • pagliacciclown

    As posted by Jamie, here is a new demo of a Motley Crue cover that was done for fun in their home studio. They will supposedly be playing shows later this year. http://soundcloud.com/engine-room-recordings/kickstart-my-heart-thestart

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Cammerslammer

    I'm confused as to where they even dissapeared too..they have no presence online anymore..

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • adirgeforher

    wanttt!!

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ayuxx

    "Is thestart still making music?" Was just coming here to ask this. Every time I check up on them, they haven't really done anything new.

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • pleiadianpardgm

    Is thestart still making music? I have so many good memories of Amy and her amazing stage presence at Hollywood gigs.

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • p3trasher

    How abouts a main photo featuring members of the current lineup?

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Batmiles

    These guys are straight-up awesome. It's kind of like if Kelli Ali had stayed with the Sneaker Pimps up until the present day, and Chris Corner had been roused from his crushing depression in 2005 by listening to the New Pornographers' "Twin Cinema" on loop until his brain bled out his ears.

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Marguip

    I really want to check them out! where could I do it?

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • rudemonkeyska

    Check out The Ventanas! http://www.last.fm/music/The+Ventanas or http://www.myspace.com/thecrash39n39burns

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • Alteringreality

    Smashing Pumkins tribute, ... wow. http://blip.fm/profile/alteringreality/blip/42684397/theSTART%E2%80%93Raindrops+++Sunshowers

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • radiohoofdnz

    In 1979, Andrew St. George, Richard Rudolph, Tony Blaise and Mark Valdez formed a band in St. George's Toronto basement. Through an ad in the Toronto Star, they added Simon Slinger as the lead vocalist, and The Start was in business. After a few shows at Lee's Palace, The Horseshoe, The Edge and Larry's Hideaway, they were noticed by Capital Records and offered an album deal. In 1980, Hey You was released as an album and a single. The recording was engineered by Daniel Lanois. The Start received airplay on CFNY, and shared the stage with the likes of The Pretenders, The B52s, Teenage Head and Elvis Costello at Toronto's outdoor festival, Heatwave. But as all loyal fans all remember, The Start's claim to fame was having their single Hey You being adopted as the theme song for the All Night Show on CFMT-TV. Chuck the Security Guard (Chas Lawther), used to dance and sing along throughout the summer of 1980.

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
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