Dashboard Prophets began as a band called F.U.K. in 1991 one day Chris dye (singer/guitarist) walked into a club called the Coconut Teaser and saw a band by the name of Lodestone, he immediately was impressed by the rhythm section( Leo Boci on drums & Greg Evanski on bass). Chris was looking to start a band and through a friend got a hold of them. Greg and Leo walked into the rehearsal room tattooed from head to toe and obviously committed to there rock & roll. As soon as they hit the first note they realized this was the beginning of something special. They played around Los Angeles for a while under the name F.U.K. but felt like there was something missing? They needed to find a guitar player. The search was on.
Chris had a friend named Timothy La rue who filled in for a while but left eventually to form his own band. After numerous attempts finally one day Daniel Meyer walked into a rehearsal. There was immediate chemistry in the room. They had found their man. Daniel was playing in a band called Don Knotts Overdrive at the time which could only be described as some sort of art rock/new wave band. Daniel was looking for a rock band he could let loose in and he had found it. They continued to play under the name F.U.K. until one day a new idea for a name came to them, Dashboard Prophets. This seem to fit with the explosive style of rock they were playing and also illuded to the utter commercialism of society, prophets reduced to pieces of plastic you stick on your dashboard.
The Dashboard Prophets hit the Los Angeles scene hard and became known as the band to see. Steve Ross who was working for no name recordings at the time was really impressed by the Prophets and this eventually landed them a deal on No Name Recordings owned by Steve Richards. No Name had signed another band called Fluorescence and was looking for a rock band. They had found the one they were looking for. The band went into the studio with GGGGarth Richardson who had just done a couple of other L.A. bands by the name of Rage Against the Machine and L7. They recorded Burning Out The Inside in a couple of weeks. When it came time to finish the art work Chris wanted to use pictures to illustrate the meanings of songs instead of including lyrics Greg, Leo and Daniel agreed.
The record was released in 1996. the band began numerous tours to support "Burning Out The Inside", but the label was not doing well and eventually closed its doors. this whole experience left a bad taste in the mouth of the Prophets. they had struggled against all the odds to put out a record just to see their hopes and dreams taken from them, really before they ever got started. They played around for a while but the weight of all they had been through eventually got to them. The band decided to call it quits in 1997. Chris continued on and released a solo record called "11 Strings 4 Tracks and The Truth" in late 1997.
The band got back together for a benefit in 2002 but has never actually gotten back together. They all remain friends and you never know, Dashboard Prophets may one day rise again.
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