down and above

down and above

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Biography

Minneapolis-based Down and Above have emerged with a refreshing sound that blends heavy grooves, 3-part harmonies, and hardcore-inspired breakdowns into a powerful, melodic mix.

Originally from the small town of Kalispell , MT, the three longtime friends entered into the thriving Minneapolis music scene at the end of 2000. Starting off playing tiny record stores and college cafeterias, the band quickly turned the heads of many music fans in the upper midwest. “I’m drawn to these guys because they sound like nothing I’ve ever heard,” says Rich Reddrop, a longtime fan from Cleveland , OH . “It’s both aggressive and sensitive…their music beats you down, but then checks to see if you’re OK”. It didn’t take long for the band to establish themselves as one of Minneapolis ’ top drawing rock bands, pulling as many as 1200 fans to their shows at The Quest and First Ave.

With a string of successful local releases to their credit, Down and Above’s newest record, ‘Anodyne’, shows tremendous growth for a band that has always strived to marry a variety of seemingly unlikely sources. Drawing on influences ranging from King's X, Rush, and Candiria, to Bjork, Tori Amos, and Richard Buckner, Anodyne promises a diverse blend of assaulting rock and singer/songwriter savvy. Bassist Ian Allison reflects, "On this record, Dave and I would always ask each other, OK, now how would Willie Nelson or Tori sing over this heavy riff? We weren't content with putting out just a 'rock' record."

Met with overwhelming anticipation, Anodyne surpassed weighty expectations and the band couldn't be happier with the record. Fans and music critics agree that Anodyne is the band’s strongest effort thus far. "Anodyne is the best work we've ever done," deadpans guitarist David Young. "It was, at the same time, the most difficult and most amazing process that we've gone through as a band."

Down and Above are playing a hundred shows, mostly around the midwest, in support of the new record.

- Anodyne hit #87 on Minneapolis Soundscan charts during its first week of release
- Played with: Audioslave, Jet, King’s X, the Ataris, & more
- Radio support from KSEZ/Sioux City (regular rotation), KXXR/Minneapolis, WHMH/St. Cloud MN, KRRO/Sioux Falls, KPNT/St. Louis, KKCK/Marshall MN, X106/Duluth MN, KDAM/Fargo, WDRK/Eau Claire WI, and over 80 college stations nationwide
- Anodyne nominated for “Hard Rock Recording of the Year” by Minnesota Music Association
- Down and Above ranked #3 among America's Top 40 unsigned bands by The Lowdown Magazine

Lyrics

SonofaGun

Written By: Down and Above

What happened to my son
Would a bigger man want to carry a gun
Heartbreaker, Widowmaker
Daddy didn’t raise no bellyacher

Load em up and hit the road
Leave Montana buried in the cold
He’s walking tall, looking pretty
Won’t last ten days living in the big city

Now he’s looking for a home
Somewhere to rest his weary bones
Take it from a hip-heavy good ol’ boy
You’ll sleep better with your head on a real man’s toy

Someone said like father like son
At three years old Johnny got his gun
Don’t want to be there when you pull the trigger
Keep it close but honey don’t abuse it
Lose it in the Mississippi after you use it
Don’t want to be there

Don’t forget where you came from boy
Blowing me off like you have the choice
And all this time I wonder why
What happened to my son

Wouldn’t Red Rider be so proud
To see the piece of metal you carry around
Don’t want to be there when you pull the trigger
Hero with a low-slung hip-tight holster
Big strong man with a chip on his shoulder
Don’t want to be there
Put it down, I see your finger twitch
The game is over when you scratch the itch
Don’t want to be there when you pull the trigger

Divided

Written By: Down and Above

Back to home base during darkest days
Hopeful I’ll recover under forest fire haze
Driving home to clear it out
Lungs full of smoke and my head full of doubt

Heading east through North Dakota
Gotta make it home tonight
36th & Lyndale won’t be a pretty sight
Driving home to clear it out
Three years don’t mean nothing when you tear it all down

Bite my tongue when I hear your name
Where was I when we decided we were better off divided
Talking about the one that got away
It’s the story of my life and now I’m trying to rewrite it

In a dream I take you back
And we start it all over again
And remember everything so we can turn before the end

Bite my tongue when I hear your name
Where was I when we decided we were better off divided
Tell me about the one that got away
It’s the story of my life and now I’m trying to rewrite it

Come in, make yourself at home
Take off your shoes, don’t stay too long
What do you feel, nothing at all, to see your art up on my walls
I want to lock the door before you leave
Instead I watch you go
I guess you’ve made your choice
I’m left without a voice

Bite my tongue when I hear your name
Where was I when we decided we were better off divided
2000 miles won’t make this change
The story of my life
I’m trying to make it right

Anodyne

Written By: Down and Above

Ears ring from the sound
Your mouth runs underground
Open up to say a word
Still don't know what you've heard
Keep it under keep it down
Your voice is always too loud
Body aches and begs
I'll do anything

I feel fine but for my banging head and faucet nose
Keep it under my cracked cuticles and broken bones

Spend my life and waste my time
Spin around to make you mine
Spitting out the anodyne
Spin around to make you mine
Here I am at the edge
Pull me in without protection
You know I want it
You push to make it

You never listen to me
Keep your eyes where I can see
I'm not sleeping so well
Darlin how could you tell
Tell my mother I'm fine
Good thing I know how to lie

I feel fine but for my banging head and faucet nose
Keep it under my cracked cuticles and broken bones
Sleep comes easy when you're poppin' pills and swingin' low
You know I want it I'll do anything

Body aches
Stomach begs
And I hope it doesn't show through
You know I want it
You push to make it

I don't know if I feel so well
I can tell this is going to be hell
Spit it out and time will tell

Pull up close for your affection
End up catching your infection
You know I want it
I'll do anything

Discography

ANODYNE - 2004 (LP)
- Released 8/24/2004. 12 tracks recorded with producer Matt Kirkwold, mixed by James Harley @ MasterMix Studios (Minneapolis), mastered by Chris Bellman @ Bernie Grundman Mastering (LA)
- Nominated for Hard Rock Recording of the Year by the Minnesota Music Association
- Hit #87 on Minneapolis soundscan charts during its first week of release
- Receiving heavy radio play by many stations, mostly college stations in the midwest & east coast

VENA CAVA - 2002 (LP)
- V.C. includes "Killswitch", a local favorite & Cagematch winner on Minneapolis rock station 93X (KXXR)
- V.C. also includes "Dirge", "Montana", and a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Digging in the Dirt"; all received significant airplay from area college radio
- V.C. drew over 160,000 unique plays from this album by the end of MP3.com's life.

ABOUT THE THREE OF YOU - 2000 (EP)

Set List

DNA sets are normally 30-60 minutes of high energy full frontal rock. Set lists vary, but it's all original music, with an occasional revamped Peter Gabriel or Bjork cover thrown in.