57Down – Interview

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Billy:

Hi and welcome to Metal Maniack! Please tell us about your band and members history.

We are a very original Four piece. Two bass players, one drummer, one vocalist. No guitarist (or cheese wire monkeys, as we like to call them). No set style or agenda. We are very tight, and melodic, heavy, punky and hauntingly beautiful on occasion.

Billy 57_1The band started by accident, really. We hadn’t played together for years. And, one evening, I asked Matt if he wanted to do a one-off drone-metal project with me. Then, things kind of snowballed from there. Matt suggested two basses. So, we went with it.

The first rehearsal rocked! And we knew from there on in, that 57 Down was the right thing for us. Bradders joined the band a little later to take on the vocal duties, and the rest, as they say, is history. And, we’ve rocked ever since.

What do you think is your band influences?

Influences are difficult as we are treading a new path, but bass players we are influenced by are: John Entwistle, Geezer Butler, Peter Hook, Chris Wolstenholme and Morgan Nichols.

Drummer is Dave Grohl tight. All four of us are world class musicians.

How about your band style. How you describe it?

Genre-defying fusion of elements of punk, metal, and stoner rock, with groove laden riffs. Oh my god, the grooves!

Tell us about your band live shows. Do you play often? How are your shows?
We love to rock. You know when we’re in the groove, everyone has their eyes closed and their transported somewhere else! Like Matt said, we all feed off the music and each other. We let the music tell us what should happen next.

Describe your band releases so far. What reactions had media and audience about your music until now?
“Two basses? WTF?” That’s the usual reaction. And, then they hear us! And all is good in the world.
Please describe your band in few words for future fans or record labels.

Genre-defying four piece; two bass players, one drummer, one vocalist. No guitarist! A fusion of punk, metal, and stoner rock, with groove laden riffs.

How your fans/record labels can contact you?

Our website: 57Down.co.uk

Facebook: Facebook.com/57dwn

Thank you for this rapid interview! Stay Metal!

Matt:

Hi and welcome to Metal Maniack! Please tell us about your band and members history.

I was in my first band with Kris (the drummer for 57 Down) when I was 16. Billy and I were in The Keystones together, but as he was on bass already, I had to move to guitar. Brad and I were in Vaulrider together, but it never got off the ground.

What do you think is your band influences?
We all have quite different influences From each other. Me, Morgan Nichols (Senseless things, Vent 414, the streets, gorillaz, now muse) john Entwistle, John Paul Jones…I started playing because of Steve Harris from iron maiden. I Still love his playing now.

How about your band style. How you describe it?
Describing us is hard….but groovy, riff based Rock—sometimes quite punky, sometimes quite heavy, but always surprisingly melodic. We are lucky we have quite a unique setup, so anything we play sounds like Matt_1“Us”. Brad has a voice you’d pick out in a crowd of a thousand. Kris has to drive two bass guitars, and that takes an original approach to drums, and Billy and I both play right handed basses—even though we are left handed. That all means we can get on with writing what is in our heads, without adding pressure to be original. We just are. Our lyrics are also stand out; we craft them, and they all have a message or a deeper meaning.

I see that you play with two bass guitars and no guitar? Why do you chose this approach?

Since I first heard “Neds Atomic Dustbin” when I first picked up a bass I wanted to try two basses. Billy and I had talked about it for years, but never got around to it. We didn’t even know if it would work. so the first couple of rehearsals we brought a six string with us just in case, and prepared to have a fight about who would play it, if it didn’t work. But immediately it just clicked. Our styles of bass playing are very different, so it sort of just happened naturally.

Tell us about your band live shows. Do you play often? How are your shows?

Live we like to put on a show, both with our playing, and throwing shapes. We feed off the music and each other. I can tell when Billy is excited and fired up, just by how he plays. It’s infectious!

Describe your band releases so far. What reactions had media and audience about your music until now?

We have created a bit of a stir…. We were literally just satisfying our own curiosity. At the beginning, we weren’t looking to take it seriously, just write and play for ourselves, the occasional gig. But, it really seems to have captured people’s imagination. We are played on a radio station regularly in Washington DC. We have had several high profile pieces done on us in prolific UK press and websites, and of course we signed with Blackened Death Records. Not an obvious choice of label for us: an extreme heavy metal label, but at the time we had three options of labels and distribution companies. Richard Weeks, the owner, basically believed in what we were doing. He got us and offered a great deal, so we went with him. We will be releasing our first full length album in the next couple of months.

Kristian:

Kristian_1I was in my first band at 16 called Broken Angel , they had been around for a few years but I never gigged with them , not long after I joined Steal , The first time Matt and I played together. Afterwards I moved to London and went to musicians institute during that time I joined Zelig , we were ote successful , winning unsigned band competition in Kerrang magazine our song Good Morning Suicide was on a free cd with the magazine , they also reviewed a few of our gigs , this brought us attention which lead us to support both One Minute Silence and Placebo also played in Italy .
After that the only serious band I was in was Sworrm , a Nu Metal band the Bradders was actually in before I joined

I would describe our style as groove based metal or rock , slow almost doom metal riffs but with lots of melody and not too much screaming

We all have very different influences , my personal ones are Pearl Jam ,Alice in Chains, GnR etc , drummers I like are Josh Freese , Brian ‘Brain’ Mantia and Matt Cameron

 

 

Bradders:

Hi and welcome to Metal Maniack! Please tell us about your band and members history.

The band came together very quickly, and almost without issue. The songs were written quickly, and all felt natural. The only one I’d played with before was Matt, in Vaulrider and probably some jam nights lol. Quickly became friends with the other guys

What do you think is your band influences?

I couldn’t really name any whole band influences, as our individual influences are so diverse. Everything we all listen to can be heard subtly through the riffs and melodies, sometimes in the structures. We are very original however in what we do, so you have to listen hard to spot the influences!

How about your band style. How you describe it?

Our band style is riff driven heavy rock, but at times very melodic and relaxing… Some intros will make you close your eyes, and some riffs will make them explode! A couple of tracks almost border on stoner rock, Bradders_1with a big swinging groove.

I see that you play with two bass guitars and no guitar? Why do you chose this approach?

The 2 basses was something Billy and Matt wanted to do for a long time. They gave it a whirl, and it just worked, so we’ve never looked back!

Tell us about your band live shows. Do you play often? How are your shows?

Live shows… Yup 😉 loads! Haha there will be tonnes of energy, and an electric atmosphere.

Describe your band releases so far. What reactions had media and audience about your music until now?

We self recorded a 2 track demo and that has been shared far and wide, with a lot of play in Washington, D.C. We are currently in the process of writing enough to get a full album recorded, which will be releaSed through blackened death records, London. Social media has been a massive tool for us in spreading the word/music, and we have had lots of positive feedback on the two tracks we put out.

Please describe your band in few words for future fans or record labels.

Balls out, riff driven mega rock!!

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