Though The dB’s formed in New York City in the late 1970s, all four original members had grown up together in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They began as the power trio Chris Stamey and the dB’s, which crystallized into The dB’s when multi-instrumentalist Peter Holsapple joined the band. Holsapple’s darkly comic, lovesick songs quickly established him as Stamey’s equal in the band, and The dB’s came to sound something like the missing link between Big Star and Television. Although, for the band’s devoted cult, The dB’s have an identity all their own.
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