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Hardcore band Tragedy were founded in the year 2000, in Memphis, Tennessee, by former members of local crustcore legends His Hero Is Gone -- vocalist/guitarist Todd Burdette, guitarist Yannick Lorrain, and drummer Paul Burdette -- but they soon relocated to Portland, Oregon in a bid for a fresh start. Once settled, the trio recruited another Tennessee transplant, bassist Billy Davis (of Nashville's From Ashes Rise), before recording its eponymous debut, released independently later that year, and licensed to Skuld Records in 2001. An EP entitled Can We Call This Life? also emerged that same year, followed by the group's sophomore album, Vengeance, in 2002 and its third, Nerve Damage, in 2006. But although these efforts enjoyed sweeping critical support and led to several tours of America and abroad based on the band's reputation alone, Tragedy have remained obstinately secretive throughout their career -- even refusing to launch an official website -- or else there's no telling how much bigger they would be. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia