Death of a Party formed in the summer of 2003 in the Oakland house party scene and quickly gained of followers. Their music has been compared to a "full-on, endorphin-charged gang fight."[1] "Lyrically and musically, The Death of a Party create a darkened world where the listener hears and envisions secrets and stories...full of complex literary themes and minimally intricate rhythms" [2] with a "focus on artistic contradiction between the pounding bass and echoing riffs." [3] "The band's jerky rhythms and popish punk hooks recall first-gen punks the Buzzcocks and the Clash. And it conjures up the kind of dark and paranoid imagery that had post-punks of that era reaching for the black eyeliner." [4]

In 2007 Death of a Party toured the United States with The Lovemakers and in 2005, crossed the United States touring with Metric. The Death of a Party has also played with Bloc Party, Glass Candy, Hockey, The Chromatics, Deerhoof, Autolux, The Noisettes, The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, Scarling., Von Iva, The Mall, hey willpower, Black Ice, Vanishing, The Phantom Limbs, and Get Hustle amongst others. The band disbanded in 2009, which coincided with the release of an EP entitled "Erase the Ghost".


The band formed in 2003 as a project between Gareth Lloyd (then playing guitar), Justin Gabbard (bass guitar) and Sarah Domenico (drums). Adam Beck (also of Red Voice Choir) quickly joined the band a couple months later taking over on guitar. In 2004 Justin Gabbard left the band and Alex Restrepo (an original member of the goth band Cinema Strange) became the bassist. With this line-up they recorded their debut EP, The Shame of the Sweet, though by the time it was released in 2005, Patrick Lynch, (also of Battleship) had become their permanent drummer.


  • 2009 - Erase the Ghost EP (self-Released)
  • 2008 - Red Meadows EP (Self-Released)
  • 2007 - The Rise and Fall of Scarlet City LP (Double Negative Records)
  • 2005 - Shame of the Sweet EP (Double Negative Records)
  • 2004 - Oakland: The Secret is Out (Compilation on Warm and Fuzzy Records)

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