Dropdead is an American crust punk band, formed in 1990 in Providence, Rhode Island. The band might be considered unique in that their sound draws heavy influence from d-beat, power violence, hardcore punk and grindcore, while their impassioned lyrics are in the tradition of peace punk. The band has been active in the hardcore punk scene since the early nineties. The guitarist, Ben, owns Armageddon Shop, with stores in Providence and Boston, along with its record label Armageddon Label. Dropdead has proved to be highly influential to modern strains of hardcore and crust, having brought a level of brutality previously unknown in traditional hardcore and staying true to the DIY ethic throughout their extended career. The band’s songs are generally short and extremely fast-paced, with few of their songs lasting longer than one minute.