It all started with a swipe...

DØAKS is an alt wave duo from Cleveland, OH formed in January of 2018 shortly after singers Jeremy Van Dress & Chelsea Amata "swiped right" on each other using the dating app, Tinder. They quickly began writing songs and recording in their basement doing it completely DIY, figuring things out as they went.

Their first album, Scaredy Ghost, (released on their label Max Kitty) started building a buzz with it's unique blend of danceable indie jams, punk energy and dual male/female vocals. "We're kinda like a punk rock B-52's," laughs Van Dress. 

The song, "Because I Said So," gained the attention of college radio which further gained the attention of Alternative Press magazine as DØAKS was featured in a Bands to Know article, all without ever having played a live show. AP writer, Annie Zaleski, stated that their debut record "veers between punkish rave-ups, candy-coated power pop and retro-fabulous synth rock."

With the urge to get out of the basement and perform live, they added bassist/vocalist Scott Richmond and drummer Jay Baskette, who met while playing in the band Trendy.  Later, they added Stephen Sherman as lead guitarist, Stephen & Jay had played together in the pop punk band Rookie.

DØAKS has now played a dozen shows at reputable Cleveland area venues such as the legendary Grog Shop, Mahall's & the Foundry.

Their second full length album, Could You Be More Pacific showcases the duos penchant for punk rock anthems.  Heavily influenced by their trips out to the westcoast, this album brings elements of ska ("Welcome to the End"), reggae ("Walls"), surf rock ("Swango!") & straight forward punk rock ("Young at Heart").  It's a rollercoaster ride from start to finish once again recorded at the band's home studio and released through their label, Max Kitty.  

The band most recently released a nu-metal (seriously) song for the Cleveland Browns called "Dawgs Gotta Eat" which they wrote for their love of the Browns and Cleveland sports in general. Jeremy's cousin is the Browns famed & beloved QB, Bernie Kosar.  Ironically, Chelsea is a blood relative of Pittsburgh Steelers hall of fame LB, Jack Lambert.  Somehow, the two co-exist in a band together. 

Chelsea Amata: Vocals
Jeremy Van Dress: Guitar/Vocals

DØAKS live:
Chelsea Amata: Vocals
Jeremy Van Dress: Guitar/Vocals
Scott Richmond: Bass/Vocals
Jay Baskette: Drums
Stephen Sherman: Guitar


2019 - Could You Be More Pacific?
2018 - Scaredy Ghost