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UPPER/DOWNER – ‘Dysregulated’ EP Review

UPPER/DOWNER – Dysregulated

Upper/DownerUpper/Downer are a three-piece band from Los Angeles CA.  They describe their music as “Crack-Steady” and that covers the ska/punk flavor.

The five track Ep starts with Somebody Died and it is a corker of a punk rock song. Mixing heavy punk choruses with bass driven ska verses, the mix is raw and ready and the output is excellent.

The fast paced introduction to Garbage Human gives way to a fuzzed out bass, strong drums and a gravel-throated vocal. The song has a deep DIY feel with a rawness that is refreshing and, as they say, punk as fuck!

On Alone we are treated to 62 seconds of fast paced punk rock with a pasting of the drums, great bass and dirty guitar sounds and this continues into Dog Food, before the ska approach takes over. As with the opening song, Upper/Downer manage to blend punk rock choruses with ska verses and the overall package is superb!

The EP ends with Into The Fire, another sub-two minute track with some of the fuzziest bass guitar I have heard and the fast paced ska with distant vocals produces a punk rock festival of music. Upper/Downer have managed to capture a truly different sound that threatens to blow their amplifiers at any minute and, they will blow your brains out!

Check the Dysregulated EP out here: upperdowner.bandcamp.com

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