A Static Lullaby came together after a casual high school jam session that led its members to quit their existing bands and come together as one. Formed in 2001 in Chino Hills, CA, the group began with singer Joe Brown, bassist Phil Pirrone, drummer Brett Dinovo, and guitarists Dan Arnold and Nathan Lindeman. Their first show was a mere two weeks after forming, and it started a buzz about the band that continued to be built upon throughout the local circuit.
In September 2001 the band recorded their first home made song called "Withered". They additionally recorded the songs "Love to Hate, Hate to Love", "The Shooting Star That Destroyed Us All", "A Sip of Wine Chased With Cyanide" and "Charred Fields of Snow" for their self-titled demo EP. They then recorded 2 other songs; "A Sip of Wine Chased With Cyanide" and "A Song for a Broken Heart" and released them on the Withered demo EP, which sold 6,000 copies. After the EP's release the band toured across the West Coast.
The band signed a contract with Ferret Records in 2002. After this, the band went on to create their first album called, ...And Don't Forget to Breathe in early 2003 and spent 18 long months on the road supporting their debut album, sharing stages with such acts as AFI, My Chemical Romance and Brand New. During a 16-week tour with Strung Out, drummer Brett Dinovo left the band and was replaced by then guitar tech Ben Newsham. After extensive touring, they signed to Columbia Records and recorded their second album, Faso Latido. It received mixed reviews and they were eventually dropped from Columbia. In this time, bassist and vocalist Phil Pirrone was involved in a serious car crash, causing him to rethink his life and eventually leave the band. He formed his own record label, Longhair Illuminati, and formed the band Casket Salesmen with guitarist Nathan Lindeman.
A Static Lullaby reached a turning point and was signed by Fearless Records. They hunted for new musicians to fill the positions of Phil Pirrone and Nathan Lindeman. After finding John Martinez and Dane Poppin for guitar and bass, respectively, the band recorded their third full-length album. A Static Lullaby was released October 10, 2006 did significantly better than their previous album. The self-titled album returned to the more aggressive style the band had been known for, with a noticeable influence from melodic "guitar pop".
In 2007, the band parted ways with new guitarist John Martinez, and did not look for a replacement. Dane Poppin stated, "We are currently much better off and comfortable as a four-piece." In addition, they found a permanent new drummer, Tyler Mahurin.
The band released a video stating that the title of their new album produced by Steve Evetts was to be titled Rattlesnake!. It was released on September 9, 2008. In November 2008, a tour with Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Confide, Showbread and Attack Attack! ended.
With the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 2, the band released a post hardcore cover version of "Toxic" by Britney Spears, as well as a related music video featuring several Spears look-alikes wearing various outfits from her music videos.
ASL toured most of the 2009 Zumiez Couch Tour with Canadian band, Silverstein. They also performed with the bands Vanna, Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White and Tides of Man for the Blaze of Glory tour.
As of June 2010, Lead Singer Joe Brown has started a side project with former guitarist John Martinez & eventual ASL guitarist Kris Comeaux called "Elevate: I Am", who released their debut record, The Ghost Eclipse Sessions, in 2011. Brown has also recently signed the San Diego-based band "A Shattered Hope" to his record label "A Lullaby Factory Records".
In 2011, the band released Cinematic Attractions, their first non-album single. It features Dan Arnold performing vocals, guitar & piano, with lyrics by Joe Brown & mixing & mastering done by Kris Comeaux.
Dan Arnold has joined the band New Year's Day, playing guitar for the group. He has also announced a new project "Ghost Town" on A Static Lullaby's Facebook page in early 2012. Dan Arnold would end up leaving New Year's Day after about a year with the group.
It was stated that Dane Poppin is touring with post-hardcore act Of Mice & Men filling in for Jaxin Hall who recently left the band due to personal reasons.
Dan Arnold announced on the band's Facebook account on January 10, 2012 that the band would be breaking up and was later confirmed by stating that the band's very last show will be played in Indonesia July 7, 2012.
Since the band broke up, Dan Arnold, Matt Faulkner & Kris Comeaux started a band called "Deadhorse" which released a demo track in January 2014. Dane Poppin has lent his bass technician skills to Asking Alexandria & Dashboard Confessional, Phil Pirrone plays in his new band JJUUJJUU, & Tyler Mahurin is currently playing with Hollywood Undead.
On Christmas Eve, 2015, the band announced on their Facebook page that they would return to perform for the first time in 4 years with 4 shows in California in 2016 where they will play their debut record, ...And Don't Forget To Breathe, in its entirety. The band welcomed back former members John Martinez (Self-Titled Era) & Kris Comeaux (Cinematic Attractions Era), as well as introducing new member Joey Bradford for the reunion shows.
The band's primary genre is post-hardcore/alternative rock. The band has been compared to AFI, the Used, and My Chemical Romance.Timeline
2003: "Lipgloss and Letdown"
2003: "The Shooting Star That Destroyed Us"
2005: "Stand Up"
2007: "Hang 'Em High" (Directed by Nicholas Peterson)
2008: "The Art of Sharing Lovers"
2009: "Toxic" (Britney Spears cover)