Tuesday, September 6, 2011

BAND TO WATCH: MR. DOWNSTAIRS @ Club Moscow (Boardner's)

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Asia Whiteacre and Dani Artaud lead Mr. Downstairs during their first official show at Club Moscow at Boardners
photos by picksysticks

After Mr. Downstairs came out onstage and finished their first song, "Can You Handle It," it reminded me why I thought they were one of the best bands at Warped Tour this year. Mr. Downstairs is quickly becoming my new favorite band. Not counting their first two acoustic performances at this year's Vans Warped Tour, Mr. Downstairs billed this show at Club Moscow as their 'first(ish) show ever!' And what a coming out party it was for this five-piece band hailing from Los Angeles as people packed the venue to witness Asia Whiteacre and Dani Artaud unveil their new band and new sound.

Here's what we had to say in August about Mr. Downstairs' San Diego Warped Tour show:
"One of the best bands of the day wasn't seen on any of the seven stages but at the Vans Girls tent, a tiny booth located in front of the Main Stage. Mr. Downstairs, the brainchild of Dani Artaud and Asia Whiteacre was formed last year in Los Angeles. Artaud, formerly of widely popular Millionaires, shocked many when she announced her departure from the group to form Mr. Downstairs. When they released their first single, "Legendary" months later, it quickly topped over 40,000 views on YouTube. A complete departure from the electro-pop-dance tunes the Millionaires are famous for, Mr. Downstairs' songs echo sounds of early 60s girl groups like The Shirelles and the Shangri-Las but with a modern indie-pop twist that focuses on cascading vocal harmonies and simple feel-good melodies. With beach-cruising arrangements by Jake Johnson (guitar), Dre Smith (bass) and Chase Meyer (drums), they help create a unique sound suited for driving top down up the Pacific Coast Highway."
Asia Whiteacre and Dani Artaud front Mr. Downstairs
Asia Whiteacre and Dani Artaud front Mr. Downstairs
Asia Whiteacre and Dani Artaud front Mr. Downstairs
photo by picksysticks


As of now, no word on when their debut album will be released but they have released two songs, "Legendary" which you can purchase on iTunes HERE and "Stranger/Danger" which you can listen to on their Facebook page riiiiiight HERE.

I couldn't find any videos from this show to post (I guess the crowd was in awe of their performance to take any videos) so here's a video from their acoustic show at Vans Warped Tour in Carson, California.
Mr. Downstairs performs at Vans Warped Tour in Carson California.


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