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Death Before Disco

Death Before Disco, not to be confused with the Belgian band of the same name, is a power-pop band based in Collegeville, PA consisting of Mare Clark-Volpe, Bill Gow, and Anthony Volpe. Bill and Anthony formed the band as a duo in 1992 and recruited Maribeth in 2006. They have recorded 10 studio albums and one greatest "hits" collection. The band performs, writes, and records all of its own material with the exception of the cover songs that appear on their outtake albums (the four "Garbage, Inc." volumes).

Mare Clark-Volpe's voice has drawn comparisons to Karen Carpenter and her songwriting has drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchell and the Indigo Girls. Six of her originals can be found on "And Then There Were Three," including the epic "Dear Sky" and "And She Cries."

Bill Gow has been writing and recording since 1984. With his roots planted in the Mod movement and his feet planted firmly in the 80's. Gow's songs echo punk's rotten attitude and the Beatles' addictive songcraft, especially on the blistering "No Use Talking," the sarcastic "Modern Day Romeo" and the McCartneyesque "I Want to Spend My Time with You." Gow lapses in to fits of occasional goofiness on songs like "Monsters," which he co-wrote with his daughter Sarah before she even entered school.

Anthony Volpe serves as the band's terminally inconsistent chameleon, taking on whatever genres he sees fit, both in his own music and that of Death Before Disco. On "Meet Me Tonight," he's Big Star. On "Nothing's Ever Good Enough for You," he's Keane. On "Blow It Up," he's Andrew W.K. Only on somber, reflective songs such as "Happy?" and "Something to Live For" does he show signs of being himself.