Are you happy, sad, laughing, crying, smiling, frightened, or all of the above at the same time? Nashville-based experimental/psychedelic rock band LINEAR DOWNFALL explores musical dimensions that most bands dare cross into. Band members Charlee Cook (vocals, bass, synth), Chance Cook (guitar, vocals), Will Hicks (drums, keys) ,and Dom Marcoaldi (guitar, etc) are all multi-instrumentalists and share a passion for creativity.
Their debut album, Daydreaming at Night (released October 2009), introduced listeners to music that inspired them to open their mind to a new sound.
gloomillume (released December 2010) is a concept album that begins on earth in the midst of the apocalypse and ends on a beautiful planet called gloomillume. This fifteen-song combustion of originality fuses multiple musical styles. The “gloom” is present in songs like Just a # (a glitchy, bass-driven, view of the inside of a mental hospital), a Wave of (an ambient, tranquil, emotional experience), and Pick.Pull.Claw (a psychedelic, acidic, composition). The transition from dark to light takes place during Projector Eyes (chaos into 60s sunshine pop). The “illume” half of the album produces songs like Intergalactic Festivity (A disco space party hopping genres), and Rainbow Don’t Go (electronic pop).
Another facet of LINEAR DOWNFALL often experienced is their outward expression of their music through a dynamic theatrical stage show. Fans are drawn into the adventure and encouraged to participate, releasing their own interpretation of the music and free-flowing expression.
In 2012, Linear Downfall had a very crazy and ambitious year. They added a new member, Dom, on guitar to help fill out their layered sound, went and recorded at Wayne Coyne's (Flaming Lips' frontman) house, played two songs "21st Century Schizoid Man" (a King Crimson cover) and the Flaming Lips/Lightning Bolt Collaboration "I'm Working at NASA on Acid" live on the O Music Awards on stage with the Flaming Lips, was a part of the remake of King Crimson's 1969 debut album "In the Court of the Crimson King" featuring the Flaming Lips, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, New Fumes, and Space Face with Linear Downfall on "21st Century Schizoid Man" and collaborating with the all of the bands on the song "Epitaph", and supported the album with the "Exploding the Moon a Million Times" tour with Stardeath and White Dwarfs, New Fumes, and Space Face. They also completed their third album entitled "Fragmental Hippocampus" which is their most experimental and personal album to date. Linear Downfall has big plans for the future including some interesting albums and lots of touring.
Charlee Cook - Bass | Vocals
Chance Cook - Guitar | Vocals
William Passionfruit Hicks - Drums
Dom Marcoaldi - Guitar, etc
Daydreaming At Night
02 You Can’t
04 Stand Clear
05 War Song
09 Surveillance Life
10 Life Slipping Away (Part I)
01 Just a # (glitch thoughts from the mental hospital)
02 I Was Revived (escapism vs. gravity)
03 a Wave of (facing the ghost)
04 Amnesia That I Remember (dissociation/strobes of hope for the future)
05 Pick.Pull.Claw. (false starts of subconsciousness)
06 Life Slipping Away (Part ll) (your briefcase is eating you alive)
07 End of the World (explosion leads to mistaken fear)
08 Projector Eyes (a telekinetic confrontation with the greys)
09 Extraterrestrial Welcoming (greeting from the gloomillume palace)
10 I know the truth (the lies lie above your selfish head)
11 Aurora Borealis Under Attack (the flower obliviates the naysayers)
12 Intergalactic Festivity (serotonin discos the synaptic gap)
13 Digital Oak Tree (unidentified loving object)
14 Rainbow Don’t Go (humanistic memories scream through the former robots metal heart)
15 Pastoral Piece (the electronic birds hold the bright clouds to my technicolour garden)
01 Walking Up To The Control Center Of Your Brain
02 The Evil Twins Stole My Mind
03 Sun Rays Through A Lullaby
04 Psycho Holiday (Creation or Destruction??)
05 Second Occurrence (Animal Brunch)
06 40 Schizophrenics Hip Hopped A Train To Madness
07 Banana Peel Wreck On A God Beaten Path
08 Loneliness Ballad For This Machine That's Killing Me
09 Searching For A Feel
10 As The Different Floats Of The Parade Go By (Sarah Tonin's Here To Stay)
Music and lyrics written by Charlee & Chance Cook
© 2012 Linear Downfall Music (BMI)
Walking Up To The Control Center In You Brain
The Evil Twins Stole My Mind
Sun Rays Through A Lullaby
Psycho Holiday (Creation Or Destruction??)
Second Occurrence (Animal Brunch)
40 Schizophrenics Hip Hopped A Train To Madness
Banana Peel Wreck On A God Beaten Path
Loneliness Ballad For This Machine That's Killing Me
Searching For A Feel
As The Different Floats Of The Parade Go By (Sarah Tonin's Here To Stay)
Flaming Lips record tour in BR
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"Linear Downfall, a neo-psychedelic rock band from Nashville, performed with the Flaming Lips at the..."Linear Downfall, a neo-psychedelic rock band from Nashville, performed with the Flaming Lips at the Varsity. The group looked the part, especially Charlee Cook, a singer-bassist dressed in trippy candy colors and glitter."
"Meanwhile, a tuft of orange yarn that had been passed and unwound from person to person through the audience, symbolically connecting the assembled concert goers, reached the stage. With plenty of yarn still to be unwound, Linear Downfall’s Cook dropped to her knees, wrapping it around her head."
The Flaming Lips' world record second to fan appreciation
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"In a sudden eruption of joy, the excited crowd focused its attention on the back of the room, where..."In a sudden eruption of joy, the excited crowd focused its attention on the back of the room, where Coyne and crew proceeded to make their way through fans to take the stage. The Flaming Lips and Nashville experimental psychedelic rockers Linear Downfall then sped through a sound check.
And Linear Downfall was appropriately dressed for the occasion, with each member doused in rainbow colored outfits, with the exception of drummer Will Hick’s tiger-striped shirt and leopard printed pants."
"With five guitarists and two bassists practicing licks as Coyne grinned to the crowd and checked his microphone, the group looked like a company of race horses eager to bust through a starting gate.
“As soon as we’re done we have to run out of here,” Coyne started. “It doesn’t mean we don’t love you.”
They still came to rock, blaring all the electric guitars in a howling cover of “21st Century Schizoid Man.” The two bands then followed with a recently released song from The Flaming Lips’ latest album, “I’m Working at NASA on Acid.” It began softly with the acoustic echoes of Coyne on guitar, but ended with Hicks beating percussion to a pulp in a raging fit of rock."
Linear Downfall Freaks the Springwater
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"I swung by Nashville's best dive bar Friday night to meet my son and check out a local band called ..."I swung by Nashville's best dive bar Friday night to meet my son and check out a local band called Linear Downfall. The venue was hopping and we ended up having a great time hanging out with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and Kesha. Seriously! Wayne was in town to do some recording with Kesha at Blackbird Studios and she decided to bring the Lip man down to our favorite hang to hear some local underground rock.
It was great to see Wayne enthusiastically supporting Nashville indie rock. He's a great guy too. Happy to chat and take pictures with admiring fans. Most of all he was just really cool to the local musicians.
Speaking of local musicians, the freaky sounds of Linear Downfall was the perfect music for a show visited by a Flaming Lip.
The power trio of Charlee Cook on bass, synth and vocals, Chance Cook on guitar, effects programming and synth and Will Hicks on drums ripped it up on some grooving experimental rock and gave everyone a show worth sticking around for.
To your average Joe The Springwater Supper Club in Nashville might look like a ridiculously outdated and rundown shack on the edge of Centennial Park, but for those in the know it is a hub for creative, experimental indie rock and more and you just never know who might be inside. This is why we love Nashville."
Local band Linear Downfall launches debut CD
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by Ashley Bone "Songs from their recently launched CD titled Daydreaming at Night resonate tunes ...by Ashley Bone
"Songs from their recently launched CD titled Daydreaming at Night resonate tunes similar to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flaming Lips combined with their own unique sound.
The tracks on Daydreaming at Midnight, an independent album, were recorded at a studio in Nashville. The group members strive to incorporate unique instruments other than the traditional bass, guitar, keys and drums. A song titled “War Song” features Chance playing an accordion. A Univox synthesizer from the 1970s can be heard on Surveillance Life. Another album track was recorded with a $20 Walgreens guitar, which they had to constantly tune."
Since the primary goal of Linear Downfall is to expose audiences to musical creations that are uniquely their own, covers are not usually a part of their set. Their new album "gloomillume," features fifteen original songs that will easily fill a forty-five (45) minute set. Longer or additional sets can be requested. We are happy to play as long as we can.
Amnesia That I Remember
Life Slipping Away (part II)
I Was Revived
Digital Oak Tree
Just a #
*This set list is subject to change.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.