members: Josh, Danny, Destro, Russ
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 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, and are still active after nearly 18 years.
Hardcore / Punk / Rock
Tooth & Nail Records, Rescue Records, Facedown Records, Roadside Records
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.
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 and Rescue 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.