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Dry Cell's formation


Part of the band formed in 1998 when guitarist Danny Hartwell and drummer Brandon Brown met at the Ratt Show on the Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip
The Sunset Strip is the name given to the mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood, California. It extends from West Hollywood's eastern border with Hollywood at Harper Avenue, to its western border with Beverly Hills at Sierra Drive...

. They later met up with then-vocalist Judd Gruenbaum. The original name of the band was "Beyond Control".

After forming, the band caught the attention of Warner Brothers' Jeff Blue
Jeff Blue
Jeff Blue is a multi-platinum music producer, A&R executive, songwriter, and lawyer who is currently Artists and Repertoire consultant for Atlantic Records. He has worked as Sr. VP A&R/Staff Producer for Warner Bros. Records|Warner California, Interscope Records, Virgin/Capitol Music Group,...

, an A&R Executive
A&R
Artists and repertoire is the division of a record label that is responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists. It also acts as a liaison between artists and the record label.- Finding talent :...

 responsible for discovering Linkin Park
Linkin Park
Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries...

. He later signed the band to a development deal, and found a new lead singer for the band in Jeff Gutt from Detroit.

In an interview with the website, The A&R Online, Blue described Dry Cell (at the time tentatively called "Impúr") as: "they're like Metallica
Metallica
Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1981 when James Hetfield responded to an advertisement that drummer Lars Ulrich had posted in a local newspaper. The current line-up features long-time lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo ...

 meets Incubus
Incubus (band)
Incubus is an American rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while enrolled in high school and later expanded to include bassist Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich, and Gavin "DJ Lyfe" Koppell;...

 meets Linkin Park but heavier. No DJing, no rapping, very melodic and the kids are just phenomenal musicians".

Blue also goes on to tell how he discovered the band: "A friend of mine told me about the drummer who was 11 at the time and said how amazing he was. I ended up hearing a demo that wasn't very good but because I was right down the street from where they were playing I went up and saw them and was actually very impressed. I made a development deal and have now been working with them for over a year and a half. I'm with them six hours, six days a week. I have them in a rehearsal room right next to Warner Brothers".

The Disconnected album



Signed to Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American record label. It was the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group, and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of that corporation. It maintains a close relationship with its former parent, Warner Bros. Pictures, although the two companies...

, the band went to work recording their debut album titled Disconnected.

The 12-track album was due to be released on July 16, 2002. It was later pushed back to August 27, 2002.

In the end, one of the band members father's got into a heated argument with Blue regarding the size of the band's promotion budget, the result of months of behind-the-scenes disagreement. Within 48 hours the father took his complaints to Warner, and two days later they released Dry Cell from their contract.

The only place Disconnected was ever sold at (albeit in limited quantities) was during the Locobazooka Festival in 2002. These were the final Warner pressed copies complete with artwork. On extremely rare occasions copies are sold on eBay
EBay
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. However, advanced copies of the album which come in a paper sleeve cover and contain different artwork, can be found more regularly.

The band always stated there was no chance of releasing the album, even if they were to sign a new record deal.

In 2008, it was announced that the band will be releasing Disconnected after September of the same year.

After Warner Brothers


After their departure from Warner Music, Dry Cell continued on.

It was reported that a deal had signed with Epic Records
Epic Records
Epic Records is an American record label, owned by Sony Music Entertainment. Though it was originally conceived as a jazz imprint, it has since expanded to represent various genres. L.A...

 in March 2003. For reasons unknown, nothing further eventuated.

In early 2004, Dave Wasierski was named as the band's new vocalist. At the time, it was reported that 8 new songs had been completed.

In 2005 vocalist Jeff Gutt re-joined the band, and they recorded four new demo tracks. The two songs released to the public were titled "New Revolution" and "The Lie". In late 2005, Danny Hartwell left the band. The group subsequently disbanded. After their split, two other tracks titled "Into Oblivion" and "Find a Way" were made available for download via their MySpace
MySpace
Myspace is a social networking service owned by Specific Media LLC and pop star Justin Timberlake. Myspace launched in August 2003 and is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California. In August 2011, Myspace had 33.1 million unique U.S. visitors....

 page.

Drummer Brandon Brown was with a band out of L.A called "Katsumoto" which disbanded recently. Ironically Brandon Brown, Brian Yoo, and Johnny Hirth of "Katsumoto" have joined a new project known as "Beneath the Vultures" featuring Brian Smith who has been a big part in the developing of collaborative projects with Brandon and johnny such as "Live Like Were Dead" and with the addition of good friend and local south bay drummer Robert Broadstone "Beneath the Vultures" will soon be playing local shows as well as planning for major touring. So be on the lookout! Brandon is also playing drums for another south bay band called "AllurA" which is playing shows frequently around L.A. as well as preparing for a new record which will be the first recordings feat. Brandon. you can also hear recording projects feat. Brandon via Myspace they include "Far From Flesh" and "Her and Her Friends" (which features brandon on drums and vocals as well as judd of dry cell on vocals).

In February 2008, bassist Judd Gruenbaum noted on the bands MySpace that they have gotten back together for Guitarist Danny Hartwell's Birthday Party at The Roxy on Sunset strip. They are also recording new music according to Judd.

Dry Cell has recently updated their MySpace page and are halfway finished with recording a brand new album according to Danny Hartwell in this message, "About half of it is done the rest is coming soon so its all good there should be some new posts of it up online in the near future keep it real..."

Dry Cell has recently made this post on their MySpace Page Blog...
"Dry Cell back by popular demand! Contacted by legendary A&R producer to reunite in late 2007 the band is currently working together on four new demos for Jeff Blue, and is gearing up for their release of their Disconnected record. Dry Cell will be starting to write music for their next record on July 13. New record to be released In early summer of '09. Disconnected record is to be released after September of this year the moment we get confirmation of the date we will post it here. Get the word out- log on and chat with band members!"

Dry Cell has posted four new songs. They are "I Deny", "Tragedy Pass", "Affliction", and a new version of "The Lie."

On October 18, 2008, the original Disconnected appeared on German eBay and was auctioned for more than 400€.

On December 15, 2009, Dry Cell announced through a comment left on their myspace, that they released two full length records on iTunes, saying that one was of old songs (assumed to be Disconnected), and one was of new songs. But the songs were not found on iTunes for several days. A few days later, the Disconnected album (advance version) appeared on iTunes, with alternate cover art.

Later in January, the second album appeared on iTunes with the title "The Dry Cell Collection", which included mostly previously released material, such as "Find A Way", "Sick", "Velvet Elvis", "Grape Jelly" (retitled Living For Nothing) and several more. Four songs on the record ("The Lie [new version]", "I Deny", "Affliction", and "Tragedy") had been on the band's Myspace months before the release. So only one song off the album, entitled "So Alive", had never been released or heard before.

Both albums are currently available as Amazon MP3 downloads as well as iTunes.
The albums are also available in audio CD format on Amazon.com.

On April 30, 2011, the original, sealed jewel case edition of the Disconnected album was put up on eBay for $300, and was later sold for the same price.

Members

  • Jeff Gutt – vocals
    Singing
    Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. One who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music known as songs that can be sung either with or without accompaniment by musical instruments...

  • Danny Hartwell – guitar
    Guitar
    The guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number, are attached. Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with...

  • Judd Gruenbaum – bass
    Bass guitar
    The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

    , backup vocals
  • Brandon Brown – drums
    Drum kit
    A drum kit is a collection of drums, cymbals and often other percussion instruments, such as cowbells, wood blocks, triangles, chimes, or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single person ....


Albums

Album information
Disconnected
  • Recorded: 2002
  • Released: December 2009 on iTunes
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
    Warner Bros. Records
    Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American record label. It was the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group, and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of that corporation. It maintains a close relationship with its former parent, Warner Bros. Pictures, although the two companies...

    /Hollywood Riviera/Beyond Control Records
  • Singles: Body Crumbles
The Dry Cell Collection
  • Recorded: 2002–2005 and 2008
  • Released: January 8, 2010 on iTunes
  • Label: Hollywood Riviera/Beyond Control Records

  • Released tracks

    • 2002 – "Body Crumbles" – Used on the Queen of the Damned soundtrack, released February 19, 2002. Also part of the Madden NFL 2003
      Madden NFL 2003
      Madden NFL 2003 is an American football video game. It features then-reigning 3 time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and former St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk on the cover. This edition of Madden was the first to feature EA Trax...

       soundtrack.
    • 2002 – "Heaven & Hot Rods" – Used on the NASCAR
      NASCAR
      The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is a family-owned and -operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1947–48. As of 2009, the CEO for the company is Brian France, grandson of the late Bill France Sr...

       on Fox
      Fox Sports (USA)
      Fox Sports is a division of the Fox Broadcasting Company . It was formed in 1994 with Fox's acquisition of broadcast rights to National Football League games...

      : Crank It Up
      NASCAR: Crank It Up
      NASCAR: Crank It Up is a compilation album released in 2002, following the release of NASCAR Full Throttle a year earlier.- Track listing :#NASCAR on Fox Theme#p.e. - "Crosstown Traffic"...

       soundtrack, released May 21, 2002. A cover of the Stone Temple Pilots
      Stone Temple Pilots
      Stone Temple Pilots is an American rock band from San Diego, California that consists of Scott Weiland , brothers Robert DeLeo and Dean DeLeo , and Eric Kretz ....

       song from the album No. 4
      No. 4 (album)
      -Credits:Stone Temple Pilots* Scott Weiland - vocals, organ* Robert DeLeo - bass, percussion, guitars, fuzz bass, zither* Dean DeLeo - electric & acoustic guitars, lapsteel, 6-string bass* Eric Kretz - drums, percussionAdditional Personnel...

      .
    • 2002 - "Slip Away" appears in EA sports
      EA Sports
      EA Sports is a brand of Electronic Arts that creates and develops sports video games. Formerly a marketing gimmick of Electronic Arts, in which they tried to mimic real-life sports networks by calling themselves "EA Sports Network" with pictures or endorsements of real commentators such as John...

       BIG franchise title Freekstyle.

    Advance/iTunes

    1. Slip Away - 3:58
    2. Under the Sun - 3:32
    3. Body Crumbles - 3:05
    4. Last Time - 3:12
    5. Sorry - 3:33
    6. Silence - 3:11
    7. So Long Ago - 3:44
    8. Forever Beautiful - 2:49
    9. Disconnected - 2:48
    10. Ordinary - 4:20
    11. Brave - 3:00
    12. Last Time (Reprise) - 3:12

    Jewel Case Version

    1. Slip Away - 4:15
    2. Under the Sun - 3:33
    3. So Long Ago - 3:47
    4. Forever Beautiful - 2:53
    5. Ordinary - 4:37
    6. Last Time - 3:37
    7. Brave - 3:03
    8. Disconnected - 2:50
    9. Sick - 3:14
    10. Silence - 3:16
    11. Body Crumbles - 3:13
    12. Sorry - 3:34
    13. I Confide - 3:24
    14. Body Crumbles (Humble Brothers Remix) - 3:21

    The Dry Cell Collection

    1. The Lie - 3:31
    2. I Deny - 3:29
    3. Affliction - 3:07
    4. Find a Way - 3:39
    5. New Revolution - 3:50
    6. Into Oblivion - 3:52
    7. Living for Nothing - 3:35
    8. Velvet Elvis - 3:02
    9. Sick - 3:12
    10. Body Crumbles Remix - 3:24
    11. So Alive - 3:21
    12. Tragedy - 3:37

    Miscellaneous

    • Dry Cell released four demo tracks which were recorded in 2005 on their MySpace
      MySpace
      Myspace is a social networking service owned by Specific Media LLC and pop star Justin Timberlake. Myspace launched in August 2003 and is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California. In August 2011, Myspace had 33.1 million unique U.S. visitors....

       page. They can be obtained from here.
    • Dry Cell featured in a New York Times article regarding their brief stint with Warner Bros. It can be read here.
    • Under the name Impur their song "Body Crumbles" featured on Rob Zombie
      Rob Zombie
      Rob Zombie is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He founded the heavy metal band White Zombie and has been nominated three times as a solo artist for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.Zombie has also established a career as a film director, creating the...

      's sampler disc Calling All Maniacs which circulated with his 2001 release titled The Sinister Urge
      The Sinister Urge (album)
      -Credits:* Tom Baker - Mastering* Evelyne Bennu - Female Vocals* Blasko - Bass* Dan Burns - Assistant Engineer* Chris Chaney - Additional Bass* Marina Chavez - Photos* Josh Freese - Additional Drums* Gary Grant - Horns* Emm Gryner - Female Vocals...

      .
    • A music video was made to accompany Disconnecteds lead single "Body Crumbles".
    • "Body Crumbles" was also a song included in the soundtrack for EA Sports
      EA Sports
      EA Sports is a brand of Electronic Arts that creates and develops sports video games. Formerly a marketing gimmick of Electronic Arts, in which they tried to mimic real-life sports networks by calling themselves "EA Sports Network" with pictures or endorsements of real commentators such as John...

       Madden NFL 2003
      Madden NFL 2003
      Madden NFL 2003 is an American football video game. It features then-reigning 3 time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and former St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk on the cover. This edition of Madden was the first to feature EA Trax...

      .
    • The song "Slip Away" featured in the dirt bike video game "Freekstyle
      Freekstyle
      Freekstyle is a motocross racing video game for the PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo Gamecube. There are four levels of gameplay, the circuit, a quick race, freestyle, and free run.-Courses:Race courses...

      ", yet another EA Sports title, although the version has a slight variation compared to the album's version: the vocals and guitar were slightly changed, and the song opens with him saying "Your best is not good enough".
    • Dry Cell's own label was called Beyond Control Records, owned by Danny Hartwell's father.
    • The song "So Long Ago" is on the soundtrack for Warren Miller's Storm.
    • "Body Crumbles" is also a part of "Queen Of The Damned" soundtrack.
    • "Body Crumbles" was also featured on the Hard Mix 2002 Promo CD.
    • "Body Crumbles" was also released as a single sold at stores prior to breaking their contract with Warner.
    • Dry Cell is signed to Beyond Control Records, which will have a website up shortly