|Born||December 3, 1975|
Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
|Genres||Experimental metal, alternative metal, experimental rock, groove metal, acoustic rock, funk rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard|
Todd Smith is an American vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist who most notably fronts the band Dog Fashion Disco. He is currently involved with the bands Polkadot Cadaver, Knives Out!, Beyond Paranoid, and his solo project El-Creepo!.
Smith was the lead singer and songwriter for the multi-genre metal band Dog Fashion Disco from 1996 until 2007, and continued in this role when the band reformed in 2011 until the present day. Smith contributed vocal and guitar work to the 2005 album The Exotic Sounds of the Alter Boys by the Ohio-based band The Alter Boys. On February 18, 2007, Smith started a musical project called Polkadot Cadaver, announced shortly after the break-up of Dog Fashion Disco. Another project, Knives Out! was started in 2008, and each band contains Jasan Stepp (of Dog Fashion Disco). Three albums have been released with Polkadot Cadaver and two albums have been released with Knives Out!
Smith has also released three solo album under the moniker El-Creepo! The first album was released in 2009 and was aptly titled El-Creepo!. The project is stylistically quite different from his work in other bands, favoring acoustic guitars and light harmonies. Smith began writing and recording a new El-Creepo! album with Polkadot Cadaver drummer Scott Radway in March 2012. The second solo album, Aloha was released November 13, 2012.The third and most recent album titled Bellissimo! was released January 1, 2016.
In early 2011, Smith and fellow band-mate Jasan Stepp started up the record label Razor to Wrist Records with the intention of releasing their material on their own label, with the main bands being "signed" initially Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, Knives Out!, and El-Creepo!.Though Polkadot Cadaver's album Sex Offender was released after the label was founded, the album was still released on Rotten Records (as the first Polkadot Cadaver album was).
The first album to be released by the label was Knives Out!'s Black Mass Hysteria on February 14, 2012.In the summer of 2012, the Dog Fashion Disco video DFDVD was re-released on Razor to Wrist, and on November 13, 2012, the second El-Creepo album Aloha was the second album to be released on the label. The third album released on the label was Polkadot Cadaver's third album Last Call in Jonestown, released on May 14, 2013. All future material involving either Smith or Stepp is set to be released on Razor to Wrist.
"Left in the Lurch" is Knives Out!'s second debut album, having been released on August 19, 2016.
All of the label's releases up to this point have been available in physical form only through the label's website; digital copies of the material is available on Amazon, iTunes, etc.
The label's name is derived from the song "Forever and a Day" from the Polkadot Cadaver album Sex Offender.
During the extent of Todd Smith's work as a vocalist, his singing ability has encompassed a range of styles, including a high falsetto, lounge-style singing, guttural growls, and death metal vocals, often incorporating all four into single songs.
Aloha is a word in the Hawaiian language for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy.
Dog Fashion Disco is an American heavy metal band from Rockville, Maryland, that was originally active from 1995 to 2007 before disbanding. The band officially reunited in October 2013.
The Alter Boys is an American rock supergroup from Cleveland, Ohio. The band includes members of the bands Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, Unified Culture, Mudfoot, Original Pranksta, Venomin James, and Mushroomhead. Also featured in the band was Ryan Dunn of the stunt show Jackass. They play in various musical styles and released their first album, The Exotic Sounds of the Alter Boys, in March 2005. They were signed to the Fractured Transmitter record label. However, in late February 2009, they were removed from the Fractured Transmitter site. Rotten Records re-released The Exotic Sounds of the Alter Boys in January 2009. Though they never broke up, Todd Smith has since stated that The Alter Boys are "dead".
Day of the Dead is an EP by Dog Fashion Disco released in June 2004. It is named after the first track. This EP has been long out of print and copies have sold as high as $300 on eBay. Most copies are autographed as the band gave a signed copy to every fan who donated at least $3 to get their tour bus repaired. Day of the Dead has recently been re-released on iTunes and was released in the Beating a Dead Horse to Death... Again compilation.
The City Is Alive Tonight...Live In Baltimore is a live album by Dog Fashion Disco released on January 25, 2005. It was recorded at Fletcher's, a club in Baltimore, MD, on June 14, 2004. It also contains the bonus DVD, DFD-Day, a recording of the day of the show, the show itself, the party afterwards, and the next morning. The songs "Worm in a Dog's Heart", "Rapist Eyes", "G Eye Joe" & Breed, however, are not present in the DVD, only in the CD. DFD-DAY was directed by Justin McConnell, and partially inspired the production of the feature documentary Working Class Rock Star. The album was re-released in 2006 through Rotten Records.
Adultery is a concept album by Dog Fashion Disco, their sixth album, released in 2006, and last album to be released by the band before their dissolution in 2007. The album loosely follows the story of a private detective.
DFDVD is the first DVD by Dog Fashion Disco released in July 2004. It includes two hours of footage following the band and their exploits on the road through various steps of their career, from early lineups to current. Also included are all their music videos, an entire live set shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a collection of bonus live videos and the making of the "Grease" video. It was out of print, very rare and costly to get a hold of for over seven years, but was re-released on the band's label Razor to Wrist Records in 2012. Creation of the "DFDVD" partially inspired the production of the documentary "Working Class Rock Star".
Margret Heater was an American, Baltimore, Maryland, based alternative metal band from 1997 to 2003.
Polkadot Cadaver is an American band formed by members of the Rockville, Maryland, rock band Dog Fashion Disco. The band is stylistically similar to Dog Fashion Disco and inherited many of their fans.
Purgatory Dance Party is the debut album by Polkadot Cadaver released via internet pre-sales on November 17, 2007, with a street date of November 27, 2007. The cover art is a reference to the John Travolta film Saturday Night Fever. Dog Fashion Disco had earlier covered the theme tune to another Travolta film, Grease.
DFDVD II is the third DVD release by Baltimore avant-garde metal band Dog Fashion Disco, and the sequel to the original DFDVD from 2005. The DVD mostly carries on where the DFD-Day DVD left off, consisting mostly of footage from after the band's deal with Artemis Records, but does include earlier extras.
Knives Out! is an American alternative metal band consisting of members of Dog Fashion Disco, Hellyeah, Nothingface, and Polkadot Cadaver. Stylistically, they are heavier than front man Todd Smith and guitarist Jasan Stepp's other bands Dog Fashion Disco and Polkadot Cadaver.
El-Creepo! is the debut album by former Dog Fashion Disco and current Polkadot Cadaver as well as Knives Out! singer Todd Smith. Unlike his aforementioned bands, El-Creepo! is a more acoustic approach to songwriting. However, the title cut has been performed with Polkadot Cadaver since its release. The first four tracks were released through Myspace several months prior to the release of the album.
Sex Offender is the second album by Polkadot Cadaver released via Rotten Records on May 10, 2011. It charted at 17th place on the Billboard Heatseekers chart on May 28, 2011, and stayed there for one week. The album is also notable as the only Polkadot Cadaver album with bassist David Cullen as a full member and the last album with original DFD drummer John Ensminger.
Aloha is the second album by Todd Smith under the moniker El-Creepo! It was released on November 13, 2012.
Last Call in Jonestown is the third studio album by Polkadot Cadaver, released on May 14, 2013.
Celebrity Sex Scandal is an avant-garde metal band from San Antonio, Texas. It was started in 2011 by ex-Dog Fashion Disco guitarist Greg Combs. After raising money through Kickstarter in late 2012, the band released their debut album in February 2013, entitled Derivative.
Ideamen is an art rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 2006.
From Bethlehem to Oblivion is the first EP and fourth release overall by Rockville, Maryland band Polkadot Cadaver.
Sweet Nothings is the seventh studio album by Dog Fashion Disco, released in 2014. Their first album in eight years, it was written and recorded after the band reunited in 2013, following an almost seven-year hiatus. It is the first album with Tim Swanson of Ideamen on keyboard. However, he played with the band on the 2006 tour in support for their previous album, Adultery. Todd Smith said about the new album: "It was a love letter to our fans who missed us and grew up listening to DFD".