Denots was first formed by Jerimiah Peterson, Dustin Thueson and Shawn Ringel. The guys were practicing and jammin out in an old building in Lorenzo, Idaho from 1997 to 1998. The property was owned by Jerimiah's grandfather and sat right across the levee from the Snake River. Soon the guys decided to add long time friend of Jerimiah's on guitar, Jason Smith. This was the spring of 1999. Soon after adding Jason to the band the decided on the name Denots which is stoned backwards. The name came from a song with the same title. The song was originally played by Jerimiah and Jason in a previous band titled Smoke. This lineup was where Jason played the bass, Jerimiah the guitar, Clint Hardy on vocals and Jerimiah's brother Nick Peterson on Drums. Smoke performed at the infamous Osgood Keg party where the house was full of people and minors and had the band performing when the cops came! Several people had warrants for arrest and locked the doors not letting the cops in. The band had nothing better to do so they continued to perform with the house surrounded by police. It lasted several hours like that and was completely unforgettable! For Smoke's last show they switched to Jamon Duell on drums and performed in Jacob Clark's backyard one last time, it was epic!
After deciding on the name Denots, the guys were ready for their first gig, it was the summer of 1999. The guys played several great shows with this lineup and continued to gain attention from the surrounding area. At the time there weren't very many bands in the area. There were even less who had a demo CD to sell as Denots had worked their asses off to record their first attempt "We can make nothing happen to you too". This all helped to quickly bring Denots to local star status, but things always go wrong. Here begins the musical game of drum thrones; Sometime in 2000 exit Dustin Thueson and enter Russell Kummer on drums. Exit Russell Kummer, enter Logan Linning, exit Logan Linning, enter Jimmy Carpy formerly of Primus' first album, exit Jimmy, enter Logan again. Denots opened for Suicidal Tendencies on September 15th at the 20/20 Club in Pocatello with Logan on drums. This was their first time opening for a big band, and it didn't get any bigger than Suicidal Tendencies as far as opening for your idols......I'm just getting started here, more to come soon.