Houston's Die Young (TX) first rallied together in the winter of 2002 as simply Die Young, a determined and passionate crew spouting sociopolitical hardcore that took direct inspiration from bands like Catharsis, Integrity, Black Flag, and Trial, in addition to philosophers like Chomsky and Nietzsche. Die Young's lineup rotated a lot over the years, with the most consistent members being frontman the Rev White Devil and drummer Rynearson. The band released two 7"s in 2003 -- Songs for the Converted appeared that spring, followed by Confession of a Petty Thief that fall. Both releases were then gathered together (along several new tracks) into the May 2004 album The Message, released through Immigrant Sun Records. The EP Survival Instinct followed a year later, as did a split 7" with Orange County's 7 Generations (Surprise Attack Records).