Dogwood (band)

Dogwood (band)
Origin Vista, California, USA
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1993–present
Labels Tooth & Nail Records, Rescue Records, Facedown Records, Roadside Records
Website Dogwood on MySpace
Josh Kemble
Danny Montoya
Rob Hahn
Russell Castillo
Past members
Jason Harper
Sean O'Donnell
Shawn Beaty
Jayce Molina
Billy Nichols
Bill Driscol
Scott Bergan
Corbin King
Josh Hagquist
Dan Ardis
Andrew Montoya
Joe Sidoti

Dogwood is a punk rock band hailing from Escondido, California. Their music is often compared to that of The Offspring, and they list Bad Religion, NOFX and Lagwagon[1] as musical influences. As one of first bands to express both their punk rock musical influences and their Christian personal beliefs, they are considered pioneers of their genre[citation needed], and are still active after nearly 18 years.



In 1993, Josh Kemble united with Jayce Molina on guitar, Josh Hagquist (of The Beautiful Mistake) on bass, and Billy Nichols on drums to form the band Half-Off. After a few shows, the band decided to find a better name, and a relative suggested "Dogwood" in reference to the legend of the dogwood cross.[2]

By 1996, Dogwood had been signed by the now-defunct Rescue Records label, which was also the home for such bands as P.O.D. and No Innocent Victim. While on Rescue, Dogwood released two studio records, Good Ol' Daze and Through Thick & Thin. Dogwood andRescue Records parted ways, and then in 1998 the band self-released an eponymous album. This was later re-released without the track "Never Die" as This is Not a New Album on Facedown Records.

The band caught the eye of Tooth & Nail Records. In 1999, More Than Conquerors was released, followed by Building a Better Me in 2000, Matt Aragon in 2001, and Seismic in 2003. In 2004, Tooth & Nail released a Dogwood greatest hits album titled Reverse, Then Forward Again.

According to their MySpace page, they are currently signed to Roadside Records.[1]


Studio albums

Live albums

  • Live at Chain Reaction (Roadside Records, 2001)

Greatest Hits Compilations

Splits / Various Artist Compilations

  • "Preschool Days" and "Who Am I To Say Who Deserves What?" (Actually, Mislabeled.. The Song is a live version of "Stairway to Sin") on Rescue Records Live At Tomfest 1997 (Rescue Records 1997)
  • "We The Automatons", "Out Of The Picture", and "My Best Year" on Dogwood / Incomplete Split EP (One Moment Records 2000)
  • "Rest Assured" on Songs From The Penalty Box Volume Three (Tooth & Nail Records 1999)
  • "Good Times" on Songs From The Penalty Box Volume Four (Tooth & Nail Records 2000)
  • "Flowersoondie" on Songs From The Penalty Box Volume Five (Tooth & Nail Records 2002)
  • "Sanctuary" on I'm Your Biggest Fan Volume Two (Tooth & Nail Records 2002)
  • "Faith" on The Nail Volume 1 (Tooth & Nail Records 2003)
  • "Seismic" on Radio Disaster Volume Six (Basement Records 2003)
  • "Preschool Days" on Rescue Records 10th Anniversary (Rescue Records 2003)
  • "A Cause, A Plan, An Execution" on Indievision SummerSlam (Indievision Music and Truestance Records 2006)
  • "Clemency" on Friends with Microphones (One Truth Clothing 2006)

Guest appearances


  • "Preschool Days" (from Through Thick and Thin)
  • "Feel The Burn" (from More Than Conquerors)
  • "Building A Better Me" (from Building A Better Me


Source: San Diego Music Awards Past Winners

Current members

Source; Interview with Josh Kemble Dogwood's MySpace Page

Former members

  • Billy Nichols: Drums(1993)
  • Josh Hagquist: Bass (1993–1994) (Current Vocalist/Guitarist For The Beautiful Mistake)
  • Jayce Molina: Guitar (1993–1998)
  • Bill Driscoll: Bass (1994–1995)
  • Shawn Beaty: Bass,Guitar(1995–1997) (Now The Head Pastor Of Generation Church in Oceanside, CA)
  • Sean O'Donnell: Guitar(1997–2001) (Current Bassist for Yellowcard, Current Vocalist/Guitarist For Reeve Oliver)
  • Jason Harper: Bass (1997–2002)
  • Joe Sidoti: Drums (1998)
  • Scott Bergen: Bass (2002)
  • Andrew Montoya: Drums (2003)
  • Corbin King: Drums (2003–2004)
  • "Drummin'" Dan Ardis: Drums (2004–2006) (Current Drummer For Midnight Hour)



  1. ^ a b Dogwood MySpace Page
  2. ^ The Legend of the Dogwood Tree
  3. ^ McGovern, Brian Vincent (November/December 1998). "Indie Album Reviews: DOGWOOD". HM Magazine (74). ISSN 1066-6923. 

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