1995 – 2005 (10 years)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
Dynamite Boy is a pop punk band from Austin, Texas. They comprise Sean Neil, Dusty Kohn, Adrian Munoz and Sam Rich. They allegedly disbanded in 2005 after a ten-year run but due to recent posts on the band's MySpace this is unsure. However, they have been reuniting for one-off shows between 2006 and 2008.
Dynamite Boy was formed in 1995 in Austin, Texas by four members Sean Neil, Andrew, Matt, and Scott. Their unique style of pop punk and explosive live performances quickly attracted a solid local following. Within a year, Dynamite Boy released their first split 7" with ska-punk superheros The Impossibles and toured throughout the southwest. They were soon opening for bands like Avail, The Vandals, Pansy Division, Diesel Boy, Less Than Jake, and AFI, just to name a few.
In the winter of 1996, they went into the studio with local punk rock legend Chris Gates (ex Big Boys/Junkyard) to record their first full-length cd "Hell Is Other People" which was not released until 1998 through Offtime Records. They have also contributed songs to countless compilation cd's, including Fearless Records' "Punk Bites 2", Drive-Thru Records' "Where's The Beef?", and Cargo Records' "Strange Cargo".
Dynamite Boy continued touring over the next two years, making lots of friends and fans in the process. They also caught the attention of several indie labels and in early 1999, they signed with Fearless Records. By June '99, Dynamite Boy was at Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA recording their long-awaited 2nd cd with producer Jim Goodwin (Face To Face, Guttermouth, Voodoo Glow Skulls). The cd, entitled "Finders Keepers" hit the streets. They would go on to tour with bands such as The Ataris and No Use for a Name, before releasing their third album "Somewhere in America", in 2001. From there, they would tour with bands such as The Offspring, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Further Seems Forever, Riddlin' Kids, Cruiserweight, Fall Out Boy, Mest, and Lost City Angels.
After releasing one more album in 2004, Dynamite Boy disbanded in 2005. Sean Neil announced that the disbanding was a result of his desire to start a family.
Also in 2004, the band wrote and recorded the title track (same name as the film) for the short film Gay By Dawn.
On April 21, 2008, Punkbands.com reported that Dynamite Boy has reformed and would be playing at the Emo's in Austin on April 26th, although this was not the band's first reunion show; they previously got together for one-offs in both 2006 and 2007 in Austin. Dynamite Boy played a show on June 7, 2008, at the Red Eye Fly in Austin, Texas. Despite the additional shows, there is no definite indication of whether the band will do a full scale tour or begin writing a new album.
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