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Power pop quartet Downies becomes Cende + releases debut, self titled EP

We were pretty impressed with Brooklyn power pop band Downies' first single "Widow" back in May, but then silence fell - we even tried to book them for our CMJ show but no reply was had (by the way, here's an almost absolute truth for you: distorted guitar based bands tend to be horrible at replying to emails, while acoustic musicians tend to be great at it - go figure!). But let's not digress. Downies is now dead, because it has tramsitioned into something else identical to itself in everything but its name, which is now "Cende." They are about to release a debut, self titled EP scheduled for January 2016, but available for full streaming on their bandcamp page. "Is it good?" - you ask. "It's good" we answer. It's fast, distorted grunge-pop, featuring melodies that anybody will have a hard time purging from their system. Five good songs out of five, with the fourth one being not poppy at all, but very Pixies-ish in an extreme and concentrated way. For the record, you'll never get a complaint from us with the word "Pixies" in it; even "they sound too much like The Pixies" should always be interpreted as a huge compliment, as long as it's referred to the band's early years. Listen again to "Widow," and enjoy the speedy catchiness of second track "End," streaming below.



Brooklyn semi-super group Downies plays Palisades on 05.21

Since the band is comprised of musicians already active in semi-established acts LVL UP and Porches, Brooklyn's Downies earns automatically the not so prestigious title of "semi-super-group." But the one song they have available online indeed showcases a band with semi-supernatural musical powers, in particular in the speed and melodic departments. "Widow" (streaming below) is a terrific pop tune that proceeds at dangerous pace, while unassuming vocals barely float in a sea of distorted guitars. You could call this pop punk, if the genre didn't bring to mind a million screaming Greenday derivatives. Rather, Downies' music seem to draw influences from the more humble records of the pioneers of melodic hardcore, Husker Du, although with a dreamier vocal style. This is stuff with potential, we are looking forward to hearing more at Palisades on May 21, when the band will support Big Ups and Krill at Palisades.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Bestpunky songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


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