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DYS ("Department of Youth Services"), along with fellow band SSD, was the backbone of the so-called "Boston Crew" - a group of guys who lifted weights, ate lots of red meat, and advocated the straight edge. DYS formed around singer Dave Smalley, a Washington DC native attending school in Boston, and bassist Jon Anastas, previously of Decadence (see the This Is Boston Not L.A. comp). The band released a classic 12" in 1983 on SSD's XClaim label and played shows in Boston and elsewhere on the East Coast.
After a few years, DYS traded hardcore for hard rock, and added a fifth guitarist (Ross Luongo from Impact Unit) in order to be able to play complex metal riffs and solos. 1984's self-titled LP attracted major label interest, but this attention eventually brought about the demise of the band. Afterwards, Anastas played bass in Slapshot for a while, and Smalley sang for ALL and the seminal DC band Dag Nasty, before starting Down By Law.
BROTHERHOOD 12" (XClaim Records, 1983)
DYS LP (Modern Method Records, 1984)
WOLFPACK LP (Taang! Records, 1990)
FIRE & ICE LP/CD (Taang! Records, 1991)
A COMPILATION DEDICATED TO TIM YO LP (bootleg, 2000)