Playing engagingly fractured indie rock that's witty, intelligent, and challenging all at once, the group Death to Anders were formed by singer/guitarist Rob Danson and guitarist Nicholas Ceglio while the two were students at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. While most of their classmates were interested in heavy metal or progressive rock, Danson and Ceglio bonded over their shared enthusiasm for indie rock avatars such as Sonic Youth, the Pixies, and especially Pavement (to whom Death to Anders have been often compared). The two briefly performed as a duo before teaming up with bassist Peter DiBiasio and drummer John Broeckel, who had been playing together since the late '90s with the band Crooner; other members of Crooner would go on to form Silversun Pickups. With a firm lineup in place, Death to Anders began playing out regularly at clubs in Los Angeles' Echo Park and Silverlake districts, and in time they banded together with several other L.A. acts, including the Transmissions, One Trick Pony, Anchors for Architects, the Happy Hollows, and Die Rockers Die, to form the Central Second Collective, a group dedicated to promoting original music in Los Angeles and helping worthwhile acts find gigs. In the fall of 2005, Death to Anders self-released their first album, Punctuate the Calamities, which was recorded at the Musician's Institute studios, and it received enthusiastic reviews as the group's reputation grew on the West Coast. In 2008, Death to Anders teamed up with producer Dave Newton to record their second full-length disc, a significantly more elaborate concept piece called Fictitious Business that cast a jaundiced eye at life in the new millennium. The EP Enigmatic Market was released later the same year. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi