Death By Stereo get back to the Grind 

In a way, it’s unfortunate that the TV show The Osbournes was ever conceived and put on the air.

What: Grind Tour — Belvedere, Death By Stereo, Bigwig, Tsunami Bomb & Misconduct

Where: Boot Pub

When: Saturday, May 15

Tickets: $15

Before that hard core rockers had a mystique about them. They were dark and intense and unpredictable, able to inspire a respectful fear with the twitch of an eye.

But watching the crazed bat-beheading maniac of yore bumbling around like a slightly more clueless version of the Family Ties dad, a couple of darn kids, annoying dogs and a loopy wife flitting about, kind of killed that sentiment.

In an era lacking "heavy band mystique" it seems reasonable to ask people like Death By Stereo drummer Todd Hennig to tell you something goofy about the band.

Pre-Osbournes it would seem blasphemous to even toy with the idea that the So-Cal punk-metal hardcore rulers might listen to the Sound of Music soundtrack in their touring van.

But post-Osbournes?

The amicable Hennig laughs, then takes things to the next level.

"We listen to some wacky stuff," he says sheepishly, citing the dance music of Fanny Pack, as well as Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavigne, and cheesy rap.

To all the Death By Stereo fans out there I am so sorry to have corrupted the raging circle thrash pits in your brains with an image of the five band members cruising down the highway singing, "why you have to go and make things so complicated?!"

Believe me when I tell you Hennig said they also listen to Iron Maiden, Slayer, In Flames, Archenemy, Bad Religion and AFI. There, there now. The universe is right again.

Obviously what plays in the van, stays in the van because on stage Death By Stereo is as hard and intense as ever. According to Hennig, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

I happen to have caught the ever-touring musician at a rare moment at home, on the eve before he and his band mates are to leave for the Grind Tour, a 16-date Canadian tour, which kicks off in Vancouver and hits Whistler this Saturday.

At the time, it’s been less than a week since Death By Stereo finished touring with psycho nü-metal troupe Slipknot, an experience Hennig describes as "inspiring."

"They have a good live show. They put their all into it every night," he elaborates. "They’re not getting lazy considering how big they are. And it’s cool to see so many kids into a band that’s different and off the beaten path, because we’re not that ‘safe’ of a band either. When you see a band like Slipknot or System of a Down who are doing that well, it gives new hope."

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