DPR formed in the spring of 2005 as a group of six friends playing music together in a basement to kill time. After a few months of playing it started to become clear they had outgrown their surroundings. In an effort to test their sound they started playing house parties and local clubs with a mix of originals and Sublime covers. It was during this time that their lively mix of Reggae, Groove Rock and Ska was born. A following developed quickly and hasn't stopped growing.
In the spring of 2007 DPR added another singer, Phaze who had been the front man for Reggae/Hip-Hop group The Alchemystics. This added a whole new dynamic to the band, which is clear when listening to Dancehall and Calypso influenced songs such as Fire It Up and These Streets. DPR has won best Groove Rock in the Valley Advocate reader's poll two years in a row. Every DPR show is based around making sure everybody in attendance has a positive experience. It is clear when seeing DPR play live that they have as much fun today as the first time they played.
DPR has played a variety of venues, from small pubs to outdoor festivals, and larger venues such as; The Paradise Rock Club and The Middle East in Boston, and The Webster Theatre in Hartford CT. They have performed with famous artists such as Morgan Heritage, John Browns Body and SOJA. DPR recently took 2nd place in regional semi-finals of The Bodog Battle of the Bands. This competition featured hundreds of original acts from New England. DPR is constantly pushing forward and has no intention of slowing down.
Having already played venues such as:
The Hippodrome in Springfield, MA The Webster Theater in Hartford, CT; Pearl Street Night Club, and Iron Horse in Northampton, MA; The Middle East, Paradise Rock Club and Copperfields in Boston, MA; UConn Western New England College Maximum Capacity in Chicopee, MA; Breakers in West Springfield, MA; Lucky Dog Music Hall, and Tammany Hall in Worcester, MA; The Paper City Brewery in Holyoke, MA
They're trying to change the world, but starting in Massachusetts, and coming to your city soon...