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The Definitive Measure

Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Latest Release: The End of the Beginning
Status: Active
Years active 2000-present (?)
Current Label: n/a
Associated Bands: none
Website Myspace
Current Members
Guitar, Vocals Dave Contreras
Bass Matt
Guitar, Backup Vocals Blake Kardashian
Drums Andrew Rotter
Former Members


  • Discuss the band in the Forum
  • Listen to "The Solution to Audio Mediocrity" from the EP of the same name:


  • The Solution to Audio Mediocrity EP - 2002
  • A Casual Winter Arson EP - 2003
  • The End of the Beginning - 2008

About the Band

The Definitive Measure started out in 2000 with Dave Contreras and Kris Haugen (drums). They were long time friends and decided to start a band. In 2002 they recorded a demo and in 2003 they recorded another demo (Dave played bass on both demos) with some new songs while also re-recording a few old ones.

In 2004, Dave joined the band Half White (now known as Pour Habit, the recently added Fat Wreck Chords band) which Kris was already in and put The Definitive Measure on hiatus. With disagreements on music, Dave and Kris left the band to put all of their effort in The Definitive Measure.

Soon, they added a bassist as well as a second guitarist and played a few local shows. Those two members left soon after. Dave had a roommate, Matt who was interested in playing so he decided to pick up a bass and join. The two also play together in a 90's rock cover band. TDM recorded a cover of "Something I Don't Know" by 88 Fingers Louie and the song was released on a tribute compilation CD put out by the French record label, Eternalis Records.

A friend of Dave introduced him to the Japanese record label Bells on Records. Soon, TDM was added to the roster. On August 27th, 2008 a CD titled "The End of the Beginning" was released on Bells on Records. It was a mixture of songs from their earlier demos. Soon after, Kris left TDM. In December 2007, Andrew Rotter and Blake Kardashian both from the band Trigger Finger, joined The Definitive Measure.

This is where we are today. We just recorded a song (actually, one TDM song and one Trigger Finger song) for a compilation CD that will be on sale soon released by Dave's record label, Impacted Records and in collaboration with the website, Now we're just looking for some shows, and trying to enlarge our fan base.

Interview with Blake

1) What's the worst experience you've ever had on stage?
- Well, we've only played one show so far, but in that show we had to bring our own PA equipment because we were playing at a bar that's not really fitted for bands to play. It wasn't loud enough.

2) How does your mom feel about the band?
- She is ok with me being in it, but she's not rocking out to our music in her car or anything like that.

3) Would you go on tour opening for Hanna Montana? And why?
- Yeah, if she was 18. ZING!

4) Finish this sentence: "The Definitive Measure is the world's worst..."
- "The Definitive Measure is the world's worst escort service."

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