was a Christian Alternative rock
band from Orange County, California
. The band's music was well known in the underground Christian scene at the time for its unique sound and optimistic, fun-filled lyrics. Most Warriors
acquainted with Christian rock music are also fans of the band. The name comes from "Pax" which is Latin for "peace" and the Bible verse Ephesians 2:17. The band's style consists of a mix of punk rock and rap with some reggae influences. PAX217's lineup consisted of David Tosti on vocals, Jesse Craig on guitar, Josh Auer on bass and Joey Marchiano on drums. Former members include "Tito" on keyboards, Bobby "Bobbito the Chef" Duran as disc jockey, Ethan Luck on guitar, Dan Sessum on guitar, and David Tosti's younger brother Aaron "Skwid" Tosti on drums, who now plays in Hawk Nelson. The band began in 1999 and broke up in 2005.
PAX217 was similar in sound to 311, Skindred (but less hardcore and more Nu metal), Christian rock peers Earthsuit and P.O.D.. Falling Up's super-collaboration "Jacksonfive" from Crashings are often compared to the band. PAX217 released two albums: Twoseventeen (2000) and Engage (2002), and was signed to Forefront Records. They also released an EP titled Check Your Pulse in 2004 independently. The band was often compared to 311, while Dave Tosti's rapping was compared to that of fellow Christian rocker Sonny Sandoval.''
Former members include "Tito" on keyboards, Bobby "Bobbito the Chef" Duran as disc jockey, Ethan Luck on the guitar or drums, Dan Sessum on guitar, Frank Ortiz (lead vocals), and Lance Lathrop on drums.
The band members (except David Tosti) went on to form the pop punk band Avner
David Tosti is now pursuing photography, covering primarily weddings, engagements, and some editorial work. The name of his company is TOSTI STUDIOS.
Avner is the new band of most of the PAX217 boys. Avner sports Jesse Craig on guitar, Josh Auer on Bass,Joey Marchiano on drums,and Anthony Simmons on turntables and samplist (all from PAX217). Avner also includes Todd Cooper on guitar and vocals. With the switch of vocalist, Avner has many immediately noticeable differences from PAX217: The pop/punk sound is a lot more clear, the rap is gone, and the obvious change of singer.
- Twoseventeen, 2000 (ForeFront)
- Engage, 2002 (ForeFront)
- Check Your Pulse EP, 2004 (independent)
- Prism From Twoseventeen
- A.M. From Twoseventeen
- No Place Like Home From Twoseventeen
PAX217's Official Page
Avner's Official Page