Death by Stereo is a hardcore punk band that was formed in 1996 by five long-time friends from Orange County. Also known simply as D.B.S., the band began making music in a garage before releasing its own five-song debut Fooled By Your Smile, in 1998. Later that year, Death by Stereo was signed to Indecision Records and has since earned a reputation for detailed guitar work and high-energy live shows. Following the release of its official 1999 major label debut album If Looks Could Kill, I'd Watch You Die, the band underwent several lineup changes. Lead singer and founder Efrem Schulz has been the band's only continuous member. Despite an unstable lineup and a four-year stint with only one guitarist instead of two, Death by Stereo kept up a grueling tour schedule and continued releasing albums throughout the 2000s.