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Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers comes off as a happy-go-lucky kinda guy onstage and in interviews with his duo partner, Shay Mooney. Country fans know him as the clean-cut, good looking guy singing hits such as “How Not To” and “From the Ground Up.” Dan has also gained a reputation as a stellar guitar player in the duo’s live show.

It turns out Dan has an interesting past, though. It all came out in a series of photos he tweeted this week.

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The photos show a much younger Dan wearing a sleeveless t-shirt and unkempt hair wailing into a microphone held together by duct tape. He’s wearing tight black pants and whipping the audience into a frenzy with his high-strung performance.

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Dan captioned the photos, “Emo before emo went country.”

Rare Country did a little digging and found out these photos were taken about a decade ago when Dan was the lead singer of Pittsburgh-based band Transition. A quick search on YouTube brought up these vintage videos.

It’s a far cry from Dan + Shay’s current sound, but Dan still performs with this much energy at the country duo’s shows.

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