ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Downshallow - "the new fashion"
" Over the years I've watched Downshallow grow from a good hard rock band in the New Jersey scene, to one of the best live bands. With each release they got a step closer to capturing their rabble-rousing live sound.
In what may be their last release (as long-time guitarist and co-writter, Rob Ferreira, recently announced his departure from the band), they come the closest, and also put together a very solid hard rock album. In addition to the amazing 11 originals on this album, is a very interesting take on Duran Duran's, "come undone", that adds a sense of urgency and intensity to the lyrics that was never in the original version.
If this ends up being the last thing Downshallow ever does, the guys went out on a high note ." - Lazlo
The New Fashion" marks Downshallow's return to the full length album format since their debut album, 2005's "So Many Wants, So Little Compromise". After experimenting with acoustic goodness on their "Good Friend Electric" (EP), the band returns to their brand of loud rock n roll that began in late 2000.
The lyrical sub-context of the record chronicles the rise and fall of celebrity stardom and their dealings with the harsh pressures of media scrutiny and paparazzi-infested reality. Musically, the band has carefully crafted a fine mix of punchy rock and dynamic vastness that has never been present in any of Downshallow's previous works.
Produced by guitarist Rob Ferreira and longtime studio accomplice, Charlie Park, The New Fashion displays the work of a band that has come into their own, creating a fresh sound for themselves, but all the while still sounding very much like Downshallow...a perfect bookend to cap off a 10 year musical career.
Downshallow would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years!