London Down rose out of the San Francisco Bay Area’s fertile college rock scene of the late 1980s, boasting a signature sound that mixes garage-band grit, jangly electric folk and punchy rock grooves.
The chemistry that propelled this quartet to the upper ranks of the West Coast college rock scene remains unchanged, as evident on the group's new indie album, "Live in San Jose," out July 17, 2020.
Oakland pop punk icon Kevin Army (Green Day, Operation Ivy) mixed and mastered the album.
Recorded in January 2020 at the Art Boutiki Music Hall in the band's hometown of San Jose, California, the 13-track album spans the group's career, from their debut vinyl album "Strange Places Unknown" in 1987 to songs from their time as The Raging Marys (1988-91) and from their 2018 restart album "Gnashville."
The new album also features live versions of two singles released in 2020 ("Tiger Baby" and "I Must Have Lost My Mind") plus a sonic blast of Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel."
Childhood friend Dave Ristrim, who produced "Gnashville" and now plays guitar and pedal steel in Luke Bryan's band, joined London Down on guitar and vocals for the live recording.
London Down plans to enter the studio again in late 2020 to work on a full-length album for release in early 2021.