To Down and Outlaws, it's obvious and unavoidable. But apparently an all-for-one philosophy of songwriting and identity is an anomaly in the modern era of music.
Recorded in a marathon one-week session at Studio 606, "Above Snakes" finds San Francisco's Down and Outlaws fine-tuning their place musically and striving to channel the restless, pissed off spirits of rock and roll history.
As Above Snakes -- an old west term meaning "still alive" -- suggests, the band believes in music that's fresh, yet pleasantly unpolished; brash, but wary; accessible, but never cheap.
In "I Don't Care," Peter Danzig proclaims: "I'm a sickness/ I'm a cheat/ I don't care if I feel a thing." And the whole band joins in to scream the title line with an urgency that proves just the opposite.
The band's show is the source and primary outlet of that urgency. A friend recently commented, "I've been trying to record your set for months, but you're too fuckin' loud!" This music is based on freedom and escape from everything else that drags you down, if only for 40 minutes.
'Lay Me Down’ is featured in Oliver Stone’s upcoming film ‘Snowden'
The band and their newest single (‘All Is Well’) used for Dunlop’s 2016 new product promotional material (view here)
Featured ‘Snapshot Interview’ on Last Call with Carson Daly in June 2015 (watch here)
Endorsed by Guild Guitars
Recorded debut full length (unreleased) at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606
Selected to record in Vancouver for Converse Rubber Tracks
Contract photo and video work with GoPro
Toured with Reignwolf and have played with bands such as Cancer Bats, Alex Maas of The Black Angels, Black Pistol Fire, The Silent Comedy
"Nine no-frills songs comprised the set, each one played with the rustic virtuosity of musicians who know exactly what they want to play... On stage, the motion never stops. Band members leap onto speaker cabinets and the bass drum, off the stage and into the crowd. Carr comes out from behind the drum kit carrying one drum up to the front edge of the stage and playing there. Luck plays guitar... [o]n his knees, bent over backwards, launching his body... his fingers in a musical electrical socket. Late in the set on “Don’t Call My Name,” Luck ended up on the floor with his guitar, bent over like a manic preacher telling everyone they were on their way to the gates of hell." — BAMM Magazine
“Opening for Reignwolf were San Francisco’s Down and Outlaws and they made every moment of their blistering opening set count. These guys are rock and roll, playing gritty, driving songs that hit the marks for this photographer." —Vortex Magazine
"There are a lot of hyphenated rock bands out there. You know the variations: electronic-rock, folk-rock, dance-rock, noise-rock, alt-rock, and on and on, until you can’t find your way out of the sub-genre rabbit hole. Down and Outlaws don’t need no hyphen. They’re completely comfortable being known as just a rock band. A rock band that plays rock n’ roll. It’s that simple. No hyphens necessary." —The Bay Bridged