Albany Down

Albany Down

 Bedford, England, GBR
BandRockBlues

ALBANY DOWN serve up their own blend of original high-energy contemporary rock music.
The band is a hard-working, road-tested outfit. A live show never disappoints.
They are currently on tour playing at venues and festivals all over the UK to promote their fantastic new album "Not Over Yet"

Biography

Contemporary UK rock band, ALBANY DOWN, came together in 2008 with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to modern rock bands like The Black Keys and Clutch. But with their 2011 debut album, South of the City, they found their own sound.

Albany Down are Paul Muir on vocals; guitarist Paul Turley; drummer Donna Peters and bassist Billy Dedman.

The band are a hard-working, road-tested outfit, who have been well received at the Burnley and Maryport International Rock and Blues Festivals as well as the legendary 100 Club. In 2013, they have been touring the UK, playing at festivals and music venues, most recently supporting John Lee Hooker Jr.

Their live show never disappoints. They run on pure adrenalin, unrelenting energy and raw emotion and soon have any crowd entranced.

The band have recorded a brace of albums with award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers). Their formidable second album, Not Over Yet, is full of their strongest songs, lingering melodies and great musicianship. This album finds the band playing to their strengths as they explore the full scope of their musical dynamics to match their fast-rising song craft. And where vocalist Paul Muir could previously have been compared to the likes of Paul Rodgers, he stamps his own personality on this album, while guitarist Paul Turley produces a virtuoso impassioned performance.

Its one thing to focus on your style and develop your sound, but quite another to deliver songs that can set you apart from your contemporaries. Not Over Yet does just this, with a strong sense of light and shade in the song-writing. There are tracks based on thunderous guitar riffs and pounding drums juxtaposed with soulful, soaring, emotionally-charged ballads.

**LATEST REVIEWS**

"These guys are going somewhere, make sure they take you with them!"

* PAUL JONES - Rhythm and Blues Show, BBC Radio 2

"The passion and love for their music is evident throughout the entire CD and that in itself is infectious. There are obviously some very hard-working guys in and around the band and it shows. This will pay off big style. These guys are bloody awesome!"

http://www.rock-zone.co.uk/2012/07/23/cd-review-albany-down-south-of-the-city/

* Rock Zone UK

"This band has brought Rock Blues into the new decade with style. They didn't bring it kicking and screaming, they tamed it, then lit a fire in its belly and put it back centre stage. If you can only afford to buy one CD in the next decade then this is the one to buy."

- Carol Borrington Blues Roots and Shoots.

"I must confess that I knew absolutely nothing about Albany Down beforehand but they quickly settled into an enjoyable and impressive blues groove.

Highlights of their nine song set were Working Man, South of the City and a surprisingly effective blues cover of the Duffy hit Mercy. Albany Down are a very good blues-rock band and well worth investigating if you get the chance."

* ROB STANLEY - The Midlands Rocks

"One example is the up and coming blues-rock band ALBANY DOWN who played a scorching set at this year's Burnley International Rock and Blues Festival earning themselves a bunch of delighted new fans.

Supporting the legendary guitarist Jimmy Vaughan on the main stage at the BURNLEY MECHANICS venue, the band zipped through a highly polished set that included some of their own freshly penned numbers, along with several songs selected from their very successful South of the City Album.

Their sharp melodies, neurotic lyrics, road rolling percussion and whip cracking bursts of guitar have all helped to establish this band as a tour de force to be reckoned with on the stage of British blues.

Sounding like the marsh-born sons of the Rolling Stones, their blues based heritage shone through each number on their Burnley set. Songs like Save Me shot into the crowd with a glossy cool, clear-headed deliverance, laced with passionate vocals from Paul Muir and resplendent with razor-sharp hooks of guitar from Paul Turley.

Albany Down's stage presentation is more elegant than a city-boy's crisply starched shirt. You never feel that the music goes its own way. It is always tightly reigned in. And is constantly refined by these clever musicians.

Finishing off the set with their highly accomplished South of the City number, with its sweaty, hazy summery-blues heat, and those mosquito stinging lyrics adorned with a gloriously serpentine bottle-neck guitar finale, this song suitably topped off a magnificent show for the band .

Lyrics

DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW!

Written By: Albany Down

Albany Down have recorded their New Album, "South of the City"
available for Download on iTunes, Amazon and www.albanydown.com

Produced by Greg Haver

CD Album release 7 November 2011

South of the City

Written By: Albany Down

In the heat of the Sun
And the rising haze
Been working so long now
For three dam days
When I come home
Just to lay my head
My woman, some other man, sleeping in my bed

So when the sun goes down tonight
And I still hear her cry
Don’t tell me that it’s all right
For I know my baby lies
Somewhere south of the city
Somewhere south of the city

Feeling so confused
Don’t understand
Next thing I remember
Shovel in my hand
Went down to the river
Coming out of stone
Dig a hole about six feet deep
My baby ain’t coming home

So when the sun goes down tonight
And I still hear her cry
Don’t tell me that it’s all right
For I know my baby lies
Somewhere South of the City
Somewhere South of the City

So Lord I’m begging
Don’t cast me out
She comes to me at night
Calling me South of the City

Somewhere South of the City
Somewhere South of the City
Somewhere South of the City

Without You

Written By: Albany Down

I ache so bad every time I pass your window
I reminisce
I threw away everything I ever wanted
You’re all I miss.
This time I won’t break your heart
Now I know the cause
So close but still so far apart
I’m lost without you.

I still regret all the words I never meant
I just can’t breath
I won’t forget the way you looked at your heart broken
You watched me leave
This time I won’t break your heart
Now I know the cost
So close but still so far apart
I’m lost….

Without you I am nothing
Without you I can’t deal
I’m loosing all sensation
Come back come back so I can feel…

This time I won’t break your heart
Now I know the cost
So close but still so far apart
I’m lost….

Without You
Without You

She's The Light

Written By: Albany Down

She’s like the sunrise
Distant eastern skies
Coming to show the way
She’s like the moon that shines
Sings my soul to sleep
Bringing a brand new day
She’s like the stars above my head
She’s the Light

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She comes into my room
Shaves away the night
And then she takes my hand
She shows me things I know
Always out of sight
Falling like grains of sand
She’s like the music in my head

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She’s the Light
She burns like fire
She’s the Light
She takes me higher

She’s the Light
She burns like fire
She’s the Light
She takes me higher

Discography

2011 "South Of The City"
2013 "Not Over Yet"