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General information
Genre (s) Melodic hardcore , punk rock
Website http://www.strungout.com/
Current occupation
Jason Cruz
Chris Aiken
Jake Kiley
Rob Ramos
RJ Shankle
former members
Jim Cherry
Jordan Burns
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
An American Paradox
  US 185 05/11/2002 (1 week)
Agents of the Underground
  US 196 10/17/2009 (1 week)
  US 144 04/11/2015 (1 week)

Strung Out is an American punk band from Simi Valley ( California ) consisting of Jason Cruz, Jake Kiley, Chris Aiken, RJ Shankle and Rob Ramos.

Band history

The band was founded in 1989. At that time, singer Jason Cruz, guitarists Jake Kiley and Bob Ramos as well as Jim Cherry on bass guitar and Adam Austin on drums belonged to the founding formation. A little later Austin was replaced by Jordan Burns, who had dropped out at Ten Foot Pole . In 1993 they were signed to the young punk label Fat Wreck Chords and a year later their debut album Another Day in Paradise was released . With the second album Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues , they secured a solid punk-pop following two years later. On the next album, Twisted by Design , which was released in 1998, they began to mix their melodic songs with heavy metal elements and to develop towards hardcore punk . Bassist Jim Cherry left the band a year after the release. He had always had heart problems and died three years later. With his successor Chris Aiken the final band line-up had been found.

Some time passed before the next full album, in which an EP and a compilation of early Strung-Out songs were released. An American Paradox was released in 2002 and was the first album with which they made it into the official US album charts and reached number 185. The album was at number 11 in the indie charts. A live album recorded a little later in Anaheim also hit the indie charts the following year, as did the next albums Exile in Oblivion (2004, produced by Matt Hyde ) and Blackhawks over Los Angeles (2007). While the band continued to develop their fast punk rock with metal influences, they also dealt critically with political issues such as 9/11 and the subsequent US war missions. The album Agents of the Underground was their seventh studio album and marked the 20-year band anniversary. It was her second album in the official charts. It was produced by Cameron Webb, who had already worked successfully for Motörhead , among others . This once again emphasized their metal orientation.

After that, Strung Out went extensively on tour again and then withdrew. After 2010 a best-of album and a box with their 1990s albums and a DVD were released. It wasn't until 2015 that the band released a new studio album. At # 144 on the Billboard 200, Transmission Alpha Delta was their top-ranked album. This was the first time they entered the hard rock charts and entered the second place there.

In 2018, Black Out the Sky was released, an EP largely dominated by acoustic guitars, which includes a few new songs as well as acoustic versions of earlier songs. That same year, Jordan Burns was replaced by RJ Shankle due to personal differences.


  • Another Day in Paradise (1994)
  • Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues (1996)
  • Crossraods & Illusions ( EP , 1998)
  • Twisted by Design (1998)
  • The Element of Sonic Defiance (EP, 2000)
  • An American Paradox (2002)
  • Live in a Dive (2003)
  • Exile in Oblivion (2004)
  • Blackhawks over Los Angeles (2007)
  • Agents of the Underground (2009)
  • Transmission Alpha Delta (2015)
  • Black Out the Sky (2018)
  • Songs of Armor and Devotion (2019)


  • Skinny Years: Before We Got Fat (1998)
  • Prototypes and Painkillers (2009)
  • Top Contenders: The Best of Strung Out (Double CD, 2011)


  1. US chart history

Web links

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