Starting as a three-piece band in Columbus, Ohio; Defiance, Ohio has evolved into a family of musicians spread across three cities that has shared nearly a decade of performing and recording together.

Drawing on the diverse and changing musical interests and practices of its members, the band is unique in the way songwriting has been shared between almost all of the members.  While the members strive to incorporate musical influences with a fluidity that contradicts the rigidity of genre, the band’s practice remains grounded in the culture of do-it-yourself punk and other vibrant, participatory communities.  Lyrically, Defiance, Ohio’s songs often reflect the personal resonance of navigating larger social dynamics like geography, race, violence, sexual orientation and mental health.

To date, Defiance, Ohio has released four full-length recordings as well as split-EPs and compilation tracks through self-release and a number of independent labels. During the summer of 2011, Defiance, Ohio is Elizabeth Gibbs, Geoff Hing, Theo Hilton Will Staler and Ryan Woods.

- Geoff Hing, May 2011

13 Responses to “Our History”

  1. frank says:

    come back to bloomington soon!
    You, the Flaming Lips and PJ Harvey
    the best live shows ever!

  2. javier says:

    beautifull band.

  3. Perry says:

    I hope you guys can make it back out to 1919 Hemphill sometime, or somewhere in the DFW.

  4. Thank you for high spirits on long dark roads.

  5. Mike Damoci says:

    I don’t know if you guys will see this or not, but I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for making the music that you do. It has changed my life and created countless of great memories with friends and family that I will never forget. For some reason, I connect with every single song I listen to by you guys. I love what you guys are about. Doing it yourself and all. I admire you guys. Don’t ever change. I just hope that one day I will get a chance to meet you and shake all of your hands.

    Thank you Defiance, Ohio.

  6. Rusty says:

    you should come to asheville NC sometime. There aren’t any good shows around here.

  7. K says:

    Who grew up near Mt. Zion Rd, KY as it is said in “Oh, Susquehanna!”? I did too.

  8. Ryan says:

    Would really like to see you guys live. please come to South Florida.

  9. Dan says:

    hey guys i really love your music!
    from a little boy from germany..
    and i have a question, do you have any kind of t-shirts?

  10. Ian says:

    Come to cincinnati please. OR Be Here Now in madison IN, I’m sure they’d love to have you guys and I would be more than willing to make the three hour trip to see you guys kill it.

  11. stephen king says:

    Aw such a great band. Thank you!

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