The Defog
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The Defog

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The best kept secret in music


"Music Review"

“I hear a lot of music at Taxi, but most of it doesn’t come anywhere near to sounding as interesting or exciting as this track (cornerstores) does.... What I love most of all is how unique and original the band sounds…" - Taxi

"CD Reviews"

5/5 Stars - " The Defog is not afraid to experiment while creating such well-structured soundscapes.... Vocalist Charles Stieg has such a warm delivery that draws listeners in and welcomes them to his world." - Origivations

"New Album Reviews"

“…well-balanced production, superlative musicianship and an appreciation for keeping things short ensures that every note is perfectly deployed. Check out 'Sounds from the Stars' if you want to hear something clever, passionate and decidedly different." -

"New Album Reviews"

“…comfortably intelligent and curiously appealing.”
“ Slightly electronic, ‘Downstream’ is a poppy combination of Wilco and the semi-obscure Brit band Talk Talk, while ‘Calibrated’ brews the indie-emo sensibility of Failure with synth hooks once perfected decades ago by The Cars.” - 2walls


LP - Dying in Crosswalks 2002
EP - Sounds from the Starts 2004


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The Defog has established itself as one of Philadelphia’s most characteristic and original bands
Formed in the summer of 1997, The Defog sought to find an energetic sound with a focus on songmanship. They spent their earlier years piecing together the instruments and melodies that would distinguish them from others. A collage of keyboards, samples and loops, solid guitar, driving bass, intricate percussion, and emotional vocals was soon conceived. “The Defog is not afraid to experiment while creating such well-structured soundscapes.” - 5/5 stars, Origivations Magazine, July 2004.

After these long-time friends refined their song writing abilities, they self-produced two EP’s in 1999 that led to a brief stint of shows in early 2000. Feeling confident with their sound, but still unsatisfied with their recorded content, the band decided to return to the studio. The next year of writing, recording, and engineering would be strenuous, but fruitful. With the release of their debut LP Dying in Crosswalks in 2002, a weight had been lifted. The song “Dewey Decimal” was licensed to Shuteye Records for their “Buzzlighter” compilation, which had radio play on hundreds of college stations. This fueled the band in their future endeavors as it attracted new listeners.
In 2003, one could find The Defog at any number of venues throughout Philadelphia including The Grape Street Pub, The Khyber and The Balcony. Throughout 2004, the band broadened their horizons by extending their playing grounds into New York City and New Jersey. The band’s recent shift in focus towards gaining additional regional and national interest through their latest demo Sounds from the Stars has started to pay off. The Defog was selected as a finalist in Billboard’s “Independent Music World Series,” has had airplay of their title track “Downtream” on Bumin-Murray’s The Real World, and airplay on the Philadelphia radio station Y-100. Known for their inspiring live performance, the band entices their audience with a vivid audio-visual experience that “any music aficionado should check out.” - Harrisburg Online
Due to their hard work and highly motivated nature, the sky is hardly the limit for this band.