London Down formed in 1985 and became part of the emerging college rock scene in San Jose, Calif. They released the album "Strange Places Unknown" on vinyl in 1987 (the album was remastered in 2018). College radio stations throughout the West Coast added the indie album to their regular rotations, and the . The band even made it into the top 10 in France.
Critics also took notice, including BAM, POW Magazine and, most notably, Cashbox:
“West Coast radio has been on this quartet for a while, and now their folky strains are captured on vinyl. In spots, most notably ‘Forgotten’ and ‘St. Peter’s Calling Me,’ London Down recalls Wire Train, with flashes of major label vitality.” (Cashbox)
The band reformed in 2018 and released the 13-track indie album "Gnashville" on Dec. 7, 2018.
Recorded in 1987 by Hector Toro at Astral Sounds in San Jose, Calif. Produced by Hector Toro and London Down. Remastered by Bill Hare (2018). Design and photography by Dave Lepori.
Phil Benjamin -- Lead Guitar, Vocals
Chris Carbone - Bass, Vocals
Ken Hartsoe - Drums, Vocals
Steve Hartsoe - Guitar, Lead Vocals
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