STAFFORDSHIRE indie rockers The Downpage Liberation have released their long-awaited second EP as they gear up for a support slot with rock giants Neverland.
The four-piece act released the EP (cover art pictured) last week and are now preparing for a gig at Derby venue The Flowerpot, where they will support one of the city’s most successful ever bands, Neverland.
Now you Know fuses shimmering indie, upbeat new wave, hypnotic grunge and furious punk to create a seamless 17-minute short album.
The EP’s subject matter ranges from scathing, humorous social commentary to more introspective lyrics exploring the highs and lows of the human psyche.
After playing an adrenaline-fuelled show at Burton’s Wetmore Whistle with Big Rhino and For the Kill last week, The Downpage are now rehearsing for their gig with Neverland on Saturday, October 26.
Three days later, on Tuesday, October 29. The Downpage will travel to Sheffield with one of Burton’s biggest bands, Exile 84, to play at revered venue West Street Live.
Downpage guitarist Jon McKenzie told the Advertiser the band are enjoying a busy but exciting month.
He said: “We’re really pleased with Now you Know.
“It was a massive slog from start to finish but was an enjoyable process and now we’ve got something we think is at a good enough level to release.
“We had really solid foundations after recording our drums with Dan Shipley, who’s a really talented producer, at Arch Studios in Burton.
“He made our drummer Dan Gerrey’s kit sound absolutely massive and it made it much easier to record the rest of the instruments from there.
“I think we had a clear image of how we wanted the songs to come out and they pretty much match those expectations.
“We’ve placed a huge emphasis on making our music catchy an accessible but without the boring cliches you find in most music towards the top of the charts.
“The gigs we’ve got coming up are really, really exciting.
“Neverland are a huge band and have members who have played with guys from really successful acts like The Levellers.
“We’re honoured to have been offered the chance to play alongside them for the first time.
“Exile 84 are also a really exciting band and a great bunch of guys so we can’t wait to gig with them.”
Now you Know is available on iTunes, Amazon and a host of other online outlets.Two of its tracks, title track Now you Know and punk anthem One Thing can be heard online at www.facebook.com/thedownpageliberation.