Downcast take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many artists and bands around. Here its the turn of Downcast to tell us all about themselves.

A song that made you want to make music?

Jeff: Bad Religion’s ‘No control’. This was the first punk riff I learnt. Simple, yet massively effective. Soon after this, I decided I wanted to see how far the rabbit hole goes and got hooked on punk rock.

Nick: The first album I owned was ‘Hybrid Theory’ by Linkin Park, so ever since then, I’ve loved music. Air drumming soon developed into actual drumming, and here I am now.

Ben: Sum 41’s ‘Handle This’.

Best rider you’ve ever had?

Jeff: Beer drenched peanut shells.

Nick: Nothing more exciting than a crate of beer, sadly.

Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?

Jeff: Haunted practice rooms! It’s seriously weird when you’re all playing a song and everyone’s gear starts going haywire and the lights start flickering. We are not alone!

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

Jeff: “I always wondered why the songs I love didn’t sound the same when I was with you” – our latest song ‘catharsis’ cuts deep in the feels. Who hurt you, Liam?

Nick: Every lyric from ‘i’m sorry’.

Ben: ‘The best person that you can be is in there screaming helplessly’ from ‘i’m sorry’.

Easiest song you wrote?


Favourite song in your set?

Jeff: ’catharsis’. It’s straight in with the energy; no messing! It gets us pumped and kicks everything into full attack!

Nick:hell’. It’s yet to be released.


Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Jeff: Bonnie from Stand Atlantic. I love her vocal range and metaphorical writing style.

Nick: Soupy from The Wonder Years. A Boy can dream right?

Ben: Anthony DeMario from Capstan.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Jeff: Throwing televisions out of windows is so taxing.

Ben: The cost of work/life/band balance.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Ben: Liam was born to rap, but other members won’t allow him to.

Jokes you have in the band?

Jeff: There is a mandatory initiation to enter the band, but it’s not suitable for print.

Key to writing a song?

Ben: Don’t overthink it.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Ben: To Edinburgh in Scotland with my old band.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Jeff: Joe from Knuckle Puck approached me as I was skulking for merch at Slam Dunk Festival, introduced himself and was super humble. It was like talking to someone I had known for years! Excellent dude!

Nick: Stuart Copeland from The Police. He’s my main drumming influence.

New band you’d recommend?

Jeff: Gold Bloom from Liverpool. They have super catchy songs and are excellent dudes, playing well crafted and fun pop-punk.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Jeff: FEVER 333. Jason A Butler is off his rocker in the best possible way!

Nick: Boston Manor.

Ben: Blink 182.

Place you’d most like to tour?

Jeff: Japan for the sheer culture shock and Godzilla turbulence.

Nick: The US.

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

Jeff: Live long and prosper.

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

Liam: The song is about an ex-partner who was abusive towards me. It touches on the emotions that I felt throughout that traumatic experience and reflects on the situation from a more recent perspective. Catharsis, by definition, is the process of releasing strong emotions, which is what I am quite literally doing when we perform the song.

See us live at?

Liam: We’re playing a charity event at The Fleece, Bristol on 26/03/2020. It’s in aid of a UK based charity called The Trussell Trust, who support a nationwide network of food banks. They provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty and campaign to end the need for food banks in the UK.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Jeff: No. We have it so easy now; it’s insane. You can write a song, share it with friends and book a show all in 1 day, from the comfort of your underpants.

Nick: I haven’t experienced being in a band in the old days, so I would have to say I disagree. However, I acknowledge that older bands have influenced this band, and music in general.

Ben: No way. We have access to all of the music from the past online.

Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?

Jeff: Anything done by a barbershop quartet.

Ben: I’d like to try playing some heavier versions of our songs.

What do your fans mean to you?

Jeff: I’d give a kidney!

Ben: Everything! Knowing that people around the world enjoy the music that I had a part in writing is mind blowing.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

Jeff: Psychiatric evaluations are usually required after we practice.

Nick: I’ve dislocated my shoulder, and I keep popping it back in when it pops out. That’s how I get past my injury.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Jeff: Punctuality is taken very seriously in our band. If this does happen, we leave the offending member on the naughty step and let them think about what they have done. I have sat there many times.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Jeff: Rhino, majestic and thick skinned. We won’t hesitate to rip your face off.

Nick: Not sure about the band, but I am definitely the gorilla from a certain Cadbury’s advert.

Ben: Elephant – big animal, big personality.

Elizabeth Birt

March 18, 2020

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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