Detholz! are a Chicago-based band consisting of Jim Cooper, Charlie Towns, Jon Steinmeier, Andrew Sole and Benjamin Miranda. While the eclectic nature of their songs prevent a definitive categorization, they are frequently listed as an alternative rock or a New Wave outfit, and Devo is often cited as an influence. Formed in 1996, the band has attracted a loyal following in Chicago. One distinguishing feature of the band is the idiosyncratic nature of their lyrics that have--and are often critical of--religious (mostly Protestant evangelical Christian) themes and reference a wide variety of topics including artificial intelligence, psychoanalysis, televangelism, and Mars.
The band was formed at Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian college in 1996, according to the band's official bio.
In the summer of 1997, Detholz! (known as "The Detholz!" at the time) broke up when front man Jim Cooper, upon graduating from Wheaton College, left for Los Angeles, California, to study with composer Morton Subotnick and pursue a graduate degree in electronic music composition at Calarts school. Cooper left after one semester, however, frustrated with the school's faculty and his student peers. The band reformed upon his returning to the Chicago area in early 1998.
In February 2005, the band was handpicked by Jeff Tweedy of Chicago band Wilco to open for them on a U.S. tour. He tapped them to open for them again in November 2006, in Madison and Chicago.
On March 19, 2011, Detholz! released their latest album Death to the Traitor at the Hideout in Chicago, Illinois.
"Detholz!" is pronounced as "Death Holes." An individual member of the band is referred to as a "Dethole," similarly pronounced as "Death Hole." The band previously used the word "The" at the beginning of their name, but they have recently abandoned it, as is clear on their official website and MySpace page.