The band was founded by songwriter and lead singer Edsel Dope in 1997. As a child, Edsel and his brother, Simon Dope, were separated when their parents divorced. When the two were adults, they reunited and Simon joined Edsel‘s band, playing keyboards, samples, and percussion. The pair then recruited Tripp Eisen as guitarist, Preston Nash as drummer, and Acey Slade as bassist.
Unlike many of the popular bands from the 1990s, they derived their sound from influences taken from heavy metal bands and fused that with the sound of industrial rock acts who had made waves earlier in the decade, such as Ministry and Skinny Puppy.
In their earliest days, the band sold drugs to survive and purchase instruments. Furthermore, the name Dope refers to drugs and drug culture, as shown by their early T-shirt designs, which prominently displayed hypodermic needles.
In 2015, Dope announced the dates for its Die Mother Fucker Die reunion tour, featuring the classic lineup of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus and Racci Shay. Blood Money Part 1 is stated to be released on October 28, 2016, with music video for “Blood Money” coming out on July 16, 2016. (from Wikipedia)