ROWDY DOWNSTAIRS: Demo: Cassette

There’s something about the overall feel of this band that’s really familiar, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. The best comparison I can come up with is Blatz, but there’s something else that’s very specific that I can’t pinpoint. They’re from Tennessee, so I may have seen people in this band in other bands when I was younger and am picking up on that, but I can’t be sure. Their songs are all played just-faster-than-mid-tempo, but each track is unique and the guitar riffs put in a lot of work on the top three strings and sound distinct. The lyrics are mostly about relationships in and out of the punk scene, and the plainness, naivety, and earnestness in them is endearing. Some of the music feels like the band isn’t synched up quite yet—and the drums could be louder—but I’m really impressed with this as a demo and think this band could do something really great when they settle in with each other.

 –Ian Wise (Self-released)