Up Against Down

Up Against Down

 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BRA
BandAlternativeRock

We are one of the most promissing alternative rock band from Brazil. Our music: Post-Punk / Progressive / Eletronic / Rock.

Biography

Past. Present. Analog. Digital. Up Against Down unites the opposites, in search for a new rock sonority, blending influences from different origins to establish a singular identity.

It was the desire to create something truely unprecedented that made old time friends Ledd (guitars/vocals) and Allan Gordon (keyboards) join forces in November 2008. In 2010, drummer Mario "Moptop" Mamede and bass player Daniel Martins join and complete the line-up, making what was merely a project into a band.

One of group's main features is the heavy use of keyboards on the foreground, with retro sounds, such as the ones produced by Mellotron, Minimoog and Rhodes piano. The vintage sounding guitar also boosts a wide array of modulation effects, sounding, at times, as a sythesizer itself. On the meanwhile, the bassline packs a powerfull punch to completes the band's harmony, which also relies on musical gadgets, such as several Stylophones and a Kaossilator in their songs.

Sounding sometimes modern and other retro, Up Against Down builds its identity on contemporary alternative rock and post-punk, with a hint of 70's progressive rock, mainly distinguished by keyboards and old school electronic elements. Within this concept, the group's first lyrics focus on Time and its various reflexions on human relations.

Lyrics

Roads

Written By: Ledd

On the Road
Hours flash before my eyes
Stretching onward
Far from where it all began

Gone-
Pushing on and evermore
Gonna give it all it´s got
Unconcearned of what´s to come
On a tunnel-visioned ride
With an urge to move along
Revolutionary paths
As I run my course
I will never fall back

(Chorus)
Is this our final ride
To the confines of life
Or are we bound for separate ways?
Always in motion
I´ll take it as far as I can go
Along this road

Living fast
Won´t slow down life
How long does a moment last? (just long enough to hold a thought)
Time - a constant clock
A steady line
Or a figure of our minds (you dreamt it all)

And now I am -
Where I am supposed to be
And I´ll never be again
Who will follow me along
And be with me at the end
When it speeds up 'till the point
That I am one with the wind
And one with the world
As life runs its course

(Chorus)
Is this our final ride
To the confines of life
Or are we bound for separate ways?
Always in motion
I´ll take it as far as I can go
Along this road

Edge of Time

Written By: Ledd

In a portrait hanging on the wall
I see myself
Blind to the years that passed me by
It knows not what has gone
Nor what I have become
A fragment of who I once was
 
Innocence was broken, torn, and stripped away
And now I’ll never
Recognize that face again
 I’ll never be the same
 
Soon
We’ll be all left behind
Frozen on the edge of time
 Soon
We’ll be all left behind
A lost and forgotten piece of time
 
How long have I
Drowned in shadows, clinging to a world now distant
I was helpless to the change
 
Soon
We’ll be all left behind
Frozen on the edge of time
 Soon
We’ll be all left behind
A lost and forgotten piece of time
 
No
Never again
Never again
I’ll fail to see the change
 No, no, no, no
Never again
Never again
I’ll let myself get trapped
In time
 
Born once again
No resemblance of you remained
And yet I struggled
To mend a broken chain
 
All and all we were lost in time
While holding on to a snapshot
But it was pointless
To swim against the tide

Aftermath

Written By: Ledd

Soothe
Reccuring wounds
Fragments of life
Scattered all around

Something comes alive
And the clock ticks backwards
Something draws me near
Then pulls me down

Heading senselessly
Failing to perceive

Where the seeds are sown

As an aftermath
Of a reckless action
I wake up from the same dream
Every night

And mourn an early loss
Of a dearing friend

Nothing's gonna cleanse me
Inside out
Nothing's gonna save me from myself

Inescapably
Failing to perceive

Where the seeds are sown

Alone we walk
Never to meet again
A turn of cards
Then a change of wind

When the seeds were sown

A spark of life
A future close at hand
Won't let me be
Until I realize

Where the seeds are sown

Hyperbolic

Written By: Ledd

Some days
Last beyond their time
Never to shut the doors behind

And while we plan ahead
Worries linger, hold us back
To a point I´ll never understand

Cleanse the stains of time
And see me right now
Disengage your mind
And see the world now

Dive into the void
And feel it
Hyperbolic
And insane

One moment
On its own
No rights or wrongs

In a way it´s a freedom fall
Breaking chains, letting go of all
So much easier when said than done

Hide away in patterns
Though safe and steady
We'd be numb, static and reclused

Can't say what's to come
Can't remember all that was done

Cleanse the stains of time
And see me right now
Disengage your mind
And see the world now

Dive into the void
And feel it
Hyperbolic
And insane

Discography

Roads - EP - 2011