Direct Hit! is a Milwaukee-based pop punk band formed in 2007 by singer/guitarist Nick Woods. It consists of Nick Woods, Danny Walkowiak, Devon Kay, and Steve Maury.
In 2007, while playing with indie rock group The Box Social, Nick Woods had the idea to start a pop punk band that would release music "like comic books," favoring the rapid and consistent release of short EPs over the slow and sporadic traditional approach of full-length records. From 2008-2010, Direct Hit! released a series of five EPs for free online in addition to a split 7" with the band Mixtapes before signing to Kind of Like Records.
In 2011, Direct Hit! released Domesplitter, their debut full-length which collected ten re-recorded fan favorites from their previous releases.
From 2011 to 2013, the band released five more splits before returning to the studio to record their second full-length record, a concept album titled Brainless God, released by Red Scare Industries. Described as a document of "the final days of a world staring down total nuclear Armageddon," the album follows a serial killer and his would-be victim as the two escape a Satanic cult while trying to find truth and redemption before Armageddon. Bass tracks on the album were recorded with studio musicians Mike Kennerty and Peter J. Woods, as bassist Robbie Schroeder was not replaced by Steve Maury until after Brainless God was recorded. The album was featured on Punk News's "Top 20 Records of the Year" list, where it was called "a finely tuned blast of tooth-melting punk rock goodness." Alternative Press gave the album four out of five stars and described it as "just one great punk-rock song after the next."
In cooperation with Red Scare Industries, Good Land Records, and Wall of Youth, Direct Hit! produced an album-length short film in conjunction with the record. The film was released in chapters across a number of news and media sites including Vice and The A.V. Club.
In February 2014, Direct Hit! was featured as one of the "Top Ten Wisconsin Bands To Watch" by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In September 2014, Nick Woods was a guest on the television show Last Call with Carson Daly, where he was interviewed about Direct Hit!. In November 2014, Woods wrote an article for Vice's Noisey, detailing how Direct Hit! consistently tours without losing money.
Direct Hit! have performed at venues such as The Knitting Factory, Bottom of the Hill, Webster Hall, Asbury Lanes, First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, and festivals such as Riot Fest, The Fest, Pouzza Fest, Summerfest, Insub Fest, and D4th of July.
They have toured with or opened for bands such as Rise Against, A Wilhelm Scream, Dillinger Four, Good Riddance, The Suicide Machines, Off With Their Heads, The Flatliners, Mixtapes, Cheap Girls, Red City Radio, Masked Intruder, and Guerilla Poubelle.
In March 2016 the band announced they had signed to Fat Wreck Chords.
Nick Woods – vocals, guitar (2007–present)
Danny Walkowiak – drums (2009–present)
Devon Kay – guitar, backing vocals (2011–present)
Steve Maury – bass, backing vocals (2013–present)
Robbie Schroeder – bass (2009-2012)
Mike Esser – guitar (2010-2011)
Alex Hill – keyboards (2010)