DownSyndrome

DownSyndrome was a band I was in from 2011 until 2014. I didn’t come up with the name. Nick and Mike had already had the name. The logo was clearly seen on every one of their brilliant sketches. Nick tried to explain to me what it was really all about. He really just thought it was a cool band name, and it didn’t mean anything related to Down’s Syndrome because it doesn’t have an apostrophe S. The artwork consisted of nothing related to the disease.  There was a Satanic Spock with a pentagram on his hand and all these freaky-looking characters. Nick was a true artist.

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Despite the name, I knew it was going to be interesting because I wanted to jam with Nick for awhile. He was a great guitar player. Mike did vocals and lyrics. They both thought a bass player wasn’t necessary even though they were huge Primus fans.  Eventually our buddy Drew came back from college, and suddenly joined the band on keys (unbeknownst to me at the time). He later switched up to the Keytar even though Mike joked with him about owning a Keytar the practice session before. Nick basically explained to me that Drew was going to play the bass notes through the keys and add cool effects, even doing guitar-sounding solos. It actually brought a new dynamic to the sound, and it was really sick. I really felt something original here.
We also practiced really hard and had a total of about 10 songs. This demo was recorded in 2013, and this is how it turned out. Only 4 of our songs were recorded.   Very quick summary:

GuttsuckanalNoose – starts out funky.
Live Long & Suffer! – our ode to Spock, awesome riffage.
Nukelear Wasted – nice opening drum beat.
Insulfate the Nazarene – just all around awesome.

We handed out copies to many random people. I heard mixed reviews, but mostly positive. To this day, I still think it is one of my personal favorite recordings.  Its different then my other bands. It’s still metal, of course. But these songs were very strange and creative, and I couldn’t even tell what “type” of metal it was supposed to be. The guitar work and timings are very awesome. Believe me we practiced our ass off before these tracks were recorded. I still hear this sometimes and wish I can perfect on it even more.
I took the breakup of this band really hard. I wish the world could have heard our other 6 songs. There weren’t too many other recordings of us sitting around but what was left of us is now finally here, so enjoy!

For more DownSyndrome stuff, check it:

https://www.facebook.com/ddmn.downsyndrome

Terminal Frost & MoonCandle, and my writings

Hey all,

So sorry to my readers for being so far behind on everything. Like I always say there is a lot going on in my life.
First off, Terminal Frost. We’ve been practicing as usual, and we are tightening down hard on the 5 songs we got. Now all we need is a bass player. We’ve been looking around, and posting ads. A few people got back to us, so we will be auditioning soon. If you or anyone knows a bass player that would be down to play metal, please contact me. We live outside of Philly, so they must be local!

Second, MoonCandle. The demo Tree of Woe from 2015 will be put up on YouTube very soon. I will post it on here when that happens. In other Dave music stuff, my old band DownSyndrome (which I was in from 2011-2014), finally got the demo uploaded to YouTube. So really soon, I will be posting it on here with my own personal review.
Like the 3DMM movies I posted here last year, I will some day soon be doing that on here with my band history.

Speaking of that, I do want to re-post my 3DMM movie history with my cousin/best friend Andrew, and put in some new writing material about the movies.

And the third thing I want to say is my writings. I’ve been involved with this writing contest short story thing, and I’ll be honest… I’ve been experiencing terrible writer’s block for it. I might drop out of the contest because I’ve been very busy with work, and my music. As for other writings I have been working on, they are coming together, but nothing full or complete of course. In the meantime, I do want to post more movie reviews on here, especially when I get through all the Scorsese movie reviews!

Sorry for taking so long. Life is busy. Check back soon my friends.

Dave