love of music keeps him busy writing and touring throughout the year.
2010 saw Dan rocking a full 6 week tour of the United States and
Canada supporting Streetlight Manifesto, followed by his third solo
tour of Australia. 2011 promises to be busy as well, with
upcoming tours of Japan and The U.K.
In Nov of 2010, Dan P. will be releasing a split with Streetlight
Manifesto's Tomas Kalnoky, who goes under the name of Toh Kay:
friends come together to reinterpret each others tunes for the first
volume of the Pentimento Music Company's "You By Me" series. Toh Kay
(Tomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto) and Dan P. (Dan Potthast of
MU330 and The Stitch Up) have traveled the world together numerous
times, playing shows from Tokyo to New York City to London, hearing one
another's music countless times. Somewhere along the line, the idea for
the "You By Me" series was
born: two songwriters per record (preferably
ones that respect and enjoy each other's work), 10 songs (5 each), no
rules regarding rearranging and changing the songs, whether it be
genre, chord progressions or even a lyric or two. A few months later,
Volume 1 is wrapped and ready to go..."
Dan's first solo album, released on Asian Man Records,
features acoustic guitar and vocals
with intentionally sparse instrumentation. The
stripped down approach showcases Dan's sharp songwriting
ability and powerful voice.
Sweets and Meats- On his second solo album, "Sweets and Meats," Dan
goes for a full band
sound with the addition of drums (Lance Reynolds of Bitchy and the Blue
Meanies), bass, and organ (James Rickmann from Slow Gherkin), while
still maintaining an organic acoustic guitar sound that doesn't get in
the way of the songwriting.
In '07, Dan
wrote and recorded a new solo album in his apartment in the
span of two weeks called "Eat the Planet." It is a mostly-ska
influenced release in which he plays all the instruments and sings all
the vocals. Dan released this album himself, and it was available only
on tour, and was a limited
edition of only 400, hand folded and stuffed CD's. Then
in 08, Dan released a re-pressing of a re-mixed version of the Eat The
Planet album, with improved drum machining, and much improved
artwork. The new artwork features paintings done by Mr. Potthast.
Around the World- Dan's latest release (summer 2010) is a
collection of songs written on tour in 20 different cities. Once
again, this album is self released. The original pressing of 1000
CD's is only available at shows.
Lyrics and super bonus extended liner notes!
You By Me- Fall 2010 Split with Toh Kay. See above.
Dan P. and the Bricks
Dan P. and the Bricks on facebook
P. and the Bricks on myspace
Dan currently plays in a 10 piece ska band from Santa Cruz, CA called
Dan P. and the Bricks. Formed
in February of 2009,
the Bricks features members of MU330 (Matt Knobbe, MU330's original
tenor sax player) and legendary Santa Cruz ska/rockers Slow Gherkin.
(A.J. Marquez, Matt Porter, Phil Boutelle, Brendon Thompson) With five
horns, drums, organ, two guitars and upright bass, the energy is high,
the fun is big and the
sound is HUGE!!!
One of the main motivations for starting the band was to raise money
for local and internationally reaching charities. To date, the Bricks
have rocked fund raisers for The Leukemia and Lymphoma society, Crohn's
& Colitis Foundation of America, Hospice
of Santa Cruz County, and The Santa Cruz AIDS Project. The Bricks have
also worked with Action Santa Cruz to raise money for Haitian
earthquake relief. Their frequent impromptu street shows have
raised hundreds of dollars for Doctors without Borders and Chilean
Potthast has been the lead singer/frontman for MU330 since the band
first started playing shows in 1988. In the 90's, MU330's
songwriting, lyrical depth, and stage shows all made them stand out
from the crowd of bands of the decade that were merging ska with other
styles. MU330 is
known for being the critic's choice of the "Third Wave" ska bands.
were one of the first bands to spread 3rd wave ska punk from the U.S.
to the U.K., Europe and Japan, and continue to be extremely influential
in their genre and beyond. They are the ska punk band that people
still listen to when they "grow up."
MU330, Dan has played over 1800 shows in the U.S. (48 states including
Hawaii and Alaska), Canada, Mexico, the UK, Europe, Russia, Japan and
even South Korea.
Dan's songs have been used in
numerous TV shows and movies, including Nip Tuck, The Brendan Leonard
Show, and the German films "Pas De Deux" and "Dopplepack." MU330
songs have also been used in the major motion picture "Unaccompanied
In 07 Dan
started a new band called "The Stitch Up" with
people he met while working at a Rock N' Roll summer camp in San Diego.
They recorded and released an album called "Attitude Adjuster" which was
released on Pentimento
Music. They immediately followed up the album's
release with a full U.S. tour opening up for Streetlight
In 09, The Stitch Up released their second album, "Set Your Alarm" on Pentimento Music This
time with Dan's wife Shannon on backing vocals and bass guitar.
Their good friend Gregory Braithwaite rocks the drums on this