PAUL BURKE: Vocals, rhythm guitar
DAVE COMBS: Guitar
DOUG GROSE: Keyboards
BRYCE OKUBO: Bass
CATHY FOY: Drums
The Downers’ name is quite an oxymoron, since there’s really nothing in their music that brings you down, only up. Lumping them in with other rock bands won’t do you much good, as the band’s stylistic changes have a direct relation to their lineup changes. According to vocalist Paul Burke, “[We] don’t try to categorize, ’cause there’s so many different forms that we try to incorporate. We have so many different influences that it’s just worthless. We may sound like some bands, but right now we’re just on a Motown kick. What do you call that?” Four years have brought with them the Invading Your Space full-length and 2002’s self-titled 4-song EP out on Alpha Male Records, not to mention several Western and out-of-state shows and tours, but for the moment, The Downers are layin’ low. This winter will be spent polishing a 5-song EP for release this spring, preparing a tour to support it, and writing a whole new album.
Having just recruited new bassist Bryce Okubo six months or so ago, Paul says the new album will be “more representative of what we’re doing now.” —Fat Tony