Death Pot Pie is a concept Rock Band band formed in April of 2007 by Bob Woodshed and a small group of devotees. Originally playing out of a garage in Portland, OR and a ratty apartment in Corvallis, OR; Death Pot Pie now regularly plays gigs throughout the Pacific Northwest.
With house bands at three venues, two primary headliners and over twenty house band members regularly play with the band.
Initial Death Pot Pie gigs were played in the Guitar Hero II medium on Playstation 2. During the spring and summer of 2007, Bob Woodshed introduced a number of members in Corvallis and Portland to the greatness that is the DPP. After Woodshed's move to Pullman, WA, Unit 91 was brought into the picture creating the perfect storm for the greatness to come.
With primary headliners locked in and a growing fan base, Death Pot Pie was ready to explode on the scene. March of 2008 was a watershed moment for the band with the migration to Rock Band and the incorporation of drums and vocals to shows.
Woodshed returned to Corvallis over the summer of 2008 and gigs became a weekly occurrence, with dozens of members playing with Woodshed and Unit 91 at the home base in Corvallis and garage venue in Portland.
After many late night discussions over the future of the band, www.deathpotpie.com was born on June 20, 2008 with a graphic identity and albums to come shortly thereafter.
A Period of Growth
Death Pot Pie released it's first album, Jiu Jitsu Rampage, on June 29, 2008. While relatively primitive in terms of production quality, the train had left the station and there was no stopping DPP. The second album, Vintage, was released on August 1, 2008 and represented a significant increase in quality due to new technology and better equipment.
A facebook group and desktop wallpapers quickly followed, with the pinnacle of this growth period coming at the end of August with the release of Death Pot Pie merchandise - our first t-shirt - and the purchase of the Death Pot Pie banner for gigs. This time period also included Death Pot Pie's first fundraiser show, benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
In Fall of 2008, exceeding all expectations Death Pot Pie became the preeminent fan band for Rock Band. This time period brought external legitimacy for the band through recognition by Washington State University as a Registered Student Organization and registration with the Oregon Secretary of State as a performing artist.
In October Death Pot Pie gained it's first major sponsor - Peak Products - makers of the Peak Starpex Guitar. Minor sponsorships by PDP and Block 15 Restaurant and Brewery quickly followed. Gigs continued to be played regularly at three different venues throughout the Pacific Northwest, growing in size and scope to include dozens of participants and professionally managed equipment. Fall also brought the upgrade to Playstation 3 and Rock Band 2.
DPP has started production on it's third album, a double feature including a live album. Development is in process for additional merchandise items, and the band is in negotiation with additional potential sponsors. Death Pot Pie anticipates significant media coverage in the near future, and the second fundraiser show is scheduled for late 2008 benefiting the Human Rights Campaign.
What's next for Death Pot Pie? A focus on continued excellence, equipment upgrades, and communication with our fanbase.