Downtown Drama
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Downtown Drama

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Handbook for Heartache (2004)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Downtown Drama was formed in the winter of 2003/2004 by founding members Jason Szeman (vocals) and Jay "Hooker" Edonel (guitar). Finding themselves growing bored with the local scene, the two set out to try and make a change. Their goal was to combine the sincerity of punk rock with pop sensibilities while still including some heavy undertones. Citing influences such as New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, All/Descendents, the cure, and 1990's So Cal punk rock, the boys have come up with a blend of toe tappin' goodness that is sure to make you want to break out your dancin' shoes. Szeman and Edonel quickly recruited 17 year old drummer Joe Felice in December of 2003. Felice's talent clearly succeeded his age and was a welcome asset to the two. Not long after they added the talented Branden Sterling on bass. The band started practicing and writing songs, but it still felt empty. In February the quartet added the final piece of the puzzle with guitarist Vince Jenne. Vince brought a whole new element to the band as well as a much fuller sound.

Not long after the boys started playing local shows and quickly built up a large fan base around the Niagara region. In March of 2004 for they decided it was time for the next step. The band went into Burning Sound Studios and recorded their debut E.P. entitled "Handbook for Heartache". The album captured the emotion of the band, as well as the energy of their live show. In July of 2004 Downtown Drama signed with the label Pink Skull Records and gained national distribution through Sonic Unyon.

The band hit their first major roadblock in September of 2004, when they parted ways with bassist Branden Sterling. The band decided to take a hiatus to perfect their craft. Not long after they brought on Marv (what's his last name? a mystery to all!) to take over the bass guitar duties. The band was thrilled at how quickly they all meshed with Marv. Now the Downtown Drama lineup is stronger and better than ever before.

Look for the band to be coming to a town near you soon, and remember you can purchase the record in stores across Canada and soon in the USA and Europe.