Dead Poetic is an American post-hardcore band from Dayton, Ohio. The band was signed at Tooth & Nail Records until 2007 when they announced their break.
Dead Poetic was first trained by Zach Miles, Brandon Rike, and Chad Shellabarger when they were 13 years old. Josh Shellabarger was 15 years old. The group is formed in a local church and is self-taught. Their first concert is held at a college talent show. The group was called MindSet, before changing names for Ded Poetic, then for Dead Poetic.
The group gained popularity in the underground music scene after the release of their first album, Four Wall Blackmail, released in 2002, in the sub-division of Tooth & Nail, Solid State Records, and the single August Winterman. Their second album, New Medicines (2004), allows the group to become more popular. Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Emery, Acceptance), sales of the album are improved thanks to the title song, broadcast on MTV2 and Fuse TV.
After the release of New Medicines, Dead Poetic turns in support of Demon Hunter at the end of 2004 and implodes soon after. Personal differences lead bassist Chad Shellabarger, drummer Josh Shellabarger, and guitarist Todd Osborn to separate. But the remaining members Brandon Rike (vocals) and Zach Miles (guitar) start playing again with Jesse Sprinkle (ex-Poor Old Lu and Demon Hunter), Dusty Redmon (guitar) and John Brehm (bass) join the new Dead Poetic. For their third album, Vices>, the band joins Aaron Sprinkle again in the production, but without pieces of screaming>. Although scheduled for July 18, Vices is postponed to October 31, and Narcotic is chosen as the first single. Dead Poetic is announced at the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at the end of 2007, but advanced for October-November 2006.