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Also known as: Screen, Ragady Anne, The Electrocutes.
All band members were born in 1979. Brett Anderson, (born May 30, 1979), is the singer of the band, Allison Robertson, (born August 26, 1979), is the guitarist, Maya Ford, (born January 8, 1979), is the bass player, and Torry Castellano, (born January 8, 1979), plays the drums. As best friends, they formed in the eighth grade to play for their school's "Day on the Green." The only girl band in their town Palo Alto, California, they were relatively unknown until they were out of high school. They are all self-taught musicians and practiced in Castellano's garage nearly every day during high school.
Towards the end of their high school days, while they were still known as "The Electrocutes", they decided to create another band (with the same members) which they would use to play softer tunes without distorting the metal queen image of The Electrocutes. To further distinguish the difference between the two bands, they all took matching "Donna" monikers, where all of their names were Donna, and their last names were the first initial of their last name(Brett Anderson became Donna A) which they used only when performing as "The Donnas". Although they initially planned on dropping The Donnas after a while and sticking with The Electrocutes, they changed their minds after high school and stuck with the Donnas instead, while still keeping their Donna names. They are sometimes described as a punk band, but the band itself denies any kind of affiliation with the punk rock movement.
Experimenting with different musical styles, they underwent a variety of band names (Screen, Ragady Anne, and The Electrocutes) before settling on The Donnas. They worked with producer Darin Raffaelli for their first two albums, the first of which, simply called The Donnas, was entirely written by Raffaelli and released on his own Superteem! record label. (It was later released again on Lookout! Records.) They took a week off of their senior year of high school to tour Japan and experimented with riot grrrl, calling themselves The Electrocutes. Afterwards, they signed with Lookout! Records. As the band grew, they were urged to sign with a major label company. In 2001, they signed with Atlantic Records.
-Brett Anderson - vocals.
-Torry Castellano - drums.
-Maya Ford - bass.
-Allison Robertson - guitar.