Life Down Here

Life Down Here

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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Audibly pop-punk with a hardcore edge, the female-fronted rock band Life Down Here is like the energetic offspring we'd expect of parental units Paramore (XX) & The Distillers (XY). Generating contagious energy, LDH’s live show emits the bouncy good-time vibes of predecessors like Save Ferris.

Biography

Determined to remain authentic at all costs, the Los Angeles based quartet Life Down Here goes against the grade of contemporary female fronted rock-bands with a sarcastic punk attitude and contagious energy that is evident both on and off stage. Categorically pop-punk, LDH consists of 19 year-old lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Michelle Blanchard, Eli Shkurkin (Bass), Jeff Dennis (Guitar) and Nick Adams (Drums).
Formed in early 2011, the group was immediately discovered by super producer Jay Baumgardner (Evanescence, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool) who went on to sign them to his artist services company, ‘NRG Artists.' After spending a significant part of the year in the studio writing songs with industry heavyweights Marcos Curiel (P.O.D) and Jason Evigan (After Midnight Project) among others, Life Down Here is currently focused on promoting their debut album "The Beginning" which is scheduled to drop January 6, 2012. Produced and mixed by Baumgardner at NRG Recording in North Hollywood, CA, the 11 song album, delivers a pop-punk feel with a hardcore edge, and includes a heartfelt tribute to her father, who was a great supporter of her music career.
Initially based in Las Vegas, Michelle's love affair with music began after receiving her first guitar at age eight, a miniature Jackson Surfcaster with lipstick pick-ups. She began writing music soon after in order to better learn riffs and chord progressions. By age 13 however, what began as a means to an end became an outlet for life's challenges as well as a place for her creative expression to flourish.
Michelle made a seemingly suitable move for a future rock-star and dropped out of high school at age 16. Leaving the general indecision that torments the teenage years behind, while other kids killed time gossiping on their lunch breaks she chose to finish the remainder of her education at home where she could focus on cultivating her music skills. Michelle's heart was set on writing music and playing guitar from the get-go, it wasn't until after she left school that she realized she wanted to sing her lyrics rather than write them for someone else. Michelle moved to Los Angeles where she met Life Down Here bass player and fellow songwriter Eli Shkurkin at a local rock show. After hearing their demo, Jeff Dennis (Guitar) and Nick Adams (Drums) joined the duo and solidified LDH's line-up.
Most of their current lyrics are about the love and loss of past relationships, as well as a short-stint in a mental institution which is the basis for one of the songs off the album titled "Running From Disaster." Having survived similar struggles, Life Down Here is an active supporter of the organization "To Write Love On Her Arms," a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those struggling with depression, cutting, suicide and addiction. As driven, talented and captivating young musicians with an uncompromising will, Life Down Here are well on their way to being rock-stars.

Lyrics

All That U Are

Written By: Michelle Blanchard, Jason Evigan, Eli Shkurkin

Go ahead just let them stare with those beady eyes
They're all ignorant and fear is their disguise
I know were different but were all the same
Pick your head up now there's no need to be ashamed

Don't be scared to let yourself shine
Holding back your real side
Show them who you are
Don't regret the way that you feel
All the things that make you
The brightest of them all

They'll try to break you down let's rise above them now
Cause they're the ones who sit around obnoxious with their crowns
Brain washed and confused, hanging by the noose
Of all the critics dying, dying to amuse

Don't be scared to let yourself shine
Holding back your real side
Show them who you are
Don't regret the way that you feel
All the things that make you
The brightest of them all

Seven Letters

Written By: Michelle Blanchard, Jason Evigan

Oh my god, were at it again
You suck times 10
I'd rather bite down on tin foil
My god you make my blood boil

Tell me this, tell me that, I've heard it before
Another excuse for me to ignore
I wanna know do you look in the mirror with fright
How the hell do you sleep at night?

Where do we go from here
Your crippling up with fear
You've said everything you could
and now I think it's time you go

I've had it up to here
Your sickening my dear
I hate you more than I did yesterday
Sending seven letters your way

Oh my god, I called you a friend
My life in your hands
Your voice rings inside like tinnitus
Someone broke your mailbox, come find us!

Tell me this, tell me that, just a broken machine
The truth cuts deep, but oh so clean
How many times can you cross the painted line
Pity on your heart, but not mine

Where do we go from here
Your crippling up with fear
You've said everything you could
and now I think it's time you go

I've had it up to here
Your sickening my dear
I hate you more than I did yesterday
Sending seven letters your way

How many times can you tell me something,
Tell me something that leads to nothing

Never Be The Same

Written By: Michelle Blanchard, Jason Evigan

You were so bright
You were older
You taught me how to fly

You were my teacher, my shoulder
You taught me how to lie

Built me up, Broke me down
Lying helpless on the ground
How will I, how will I, how will I ever be the same

Given up, Can't pretend
No use trying to make amends
How will I ever be the same

I was too young
Now I'm older
I had to say goodbye

Found my own way
But I still need you
You left me asking why

Built me up, Broke me down
Lying helpless on the ground
How will I, how will I, how will I ever be the same

Given up, Can't pretend
No use trying to make amends
How will I ever be the same

You burnt my halo
You burnt my halo
You burnt my halo
You burnt my halo
But I'm alive

Built me up, Broke me down
Lying helpless on the ground
How will I, how will I, how will I ever be the same

Given up, Can't pretend
No use trying to make amends
How will I ever be the same

Turning Back Again

Written By: Michelle Blanchard, Robert Davis, David Piribauer, Nathaniel Cox

Don't you see that now my hands are shaking
And don't you hear it in my voice
When I tell you I could die
Tell me, am I mistaken
Don't you see that when I walk I stumble
Such a cruel way to crumble
You tell me that were done
And I can see us breaking
Take my heart, turn it on
I want it back again

Tell Me, How did you get back into my mind
When I thought you were gone
Tell Me, How could I believe it would be fine?
Take my heart, turn it on
I want it back again

Can't you see I'm doing so much better
No longer caught up in a trap
I wake up every morning to a sun that's burning
Now I talk without my stomach churning
Or that pounding in my chest
Someone check my pulse
Cause I can't feel it beating
Take my heart, turn it on
I want it back again

Tell Me, How did you get back into my mind
When I thought you were gone
Tell Me, How could I believe it would be fine?
Take my heart, turn it on
I want it back again
(Don't you see that now my hands are shaking
You tell me that I'm blind
But I see what's breaking)

Calling Out

Written By: Michelle Blanchard, Eli Shkurkin

She was seventeen
Lying peaceful on the floor
She left a note
Slid it under her parent's door
She doesn't know what's next
She hopes it's better than life down here

Just a memory
All the signs we couldn't see
She was never alone
If she gave it time she would have known
We hope it's different way up there
It's not the same when your not here

By my side
I feel you there
I'm calling out
Can you hear me screaming out for you
I'm calling out your name

He was down on the couch
He got too drunk, they thought he passed out
They all got the call
His dying words, don't let me fall
Now you've faced your greatest fear
It's not the same when your not here

I wish I could
Their faces and smiles in front of me
I have to pretend
That your still here but now it's the end
I know the pain I felt the fear
I know the way it is down here

By my side
I feel you there
I'm calling out
Can you hear me screaming out for you
I'm calling out your name

Discography

Life Down Here's debut album, "The Beginning" was released on January 6, 2012, featuring their first single, "All That You Are".

Set List

Seven Letters
Never Tell
Running From Disaster
Shimmy
Turning Back Again
Standing Inside
All That You Are
Somebody Kill Me