NEW SINGLE - "HORIZON"
FEATURING HIT THE LIGHTS SINGER NICK THOMPSON
Fusing their own elements of punk and pop music that could rival the likes of Simple Plan, All Time Low and New Found Glory, are Brisbane four-piece, Down & Out. The band have already scored quite the coup when American pop-punk vocalist, Nick Thompson – lead singer of US band, Hit The Lights – agreed to feature on their debut single titled ‘Horizon’ due for release on Friday January 12 2018.
Having formed in January 2017, the band have spent much of the last year readying themselves for what they anticipate to be a grueling 2018 firming up plans for their debut single and impending EP release.
‘Horizon’ is a fast paced “go hard or go home” pop-punk track epitomizes the antics of one of the bands disgraceful Gold Coast weekend road trips. “The song is all about those endless nights out as a band” said singer/songwriter Andy. “We’ve had some crazy times and wanted the video to flow from that feeling, from the road trip, to heading out… and playing in the hotel room” added guitarist Mark.
The band knew they were on to something when one of their own musical hero’s – singer Nick Thompson, lead singer from Ohio pop-punk staple Hit The Lights who’ve frequented the US Alternative charts and sold over 120,000 albums in America alone – agreed to a cameo on the track.
“We were so honoured to be able to work with Nick as Hit The Lights have long been heroes of ours.”
Down & Out – consisting of Andy Mouland on Vocals/Guitar, Mark Gravina on Guitar/Vocals, Anthony Nissen on Bass/Vocals and Josh Casey on Drums – have individually worked on a number of projects over the years, supporting acts like Neck Deep, Trophy Eyes, Kid Courageous and Lee Harding.
After taking a break from making music together, the group of old friends started jamming again in January of 2017 and reformed under the new guise of Down & Out.
“With all of us living back in the same state again, it gave us a change to reconnect,” said Mark. “It didn’t take long for all of us to realise there was still something there. The time away and the fresh energy the new band name brought, was just the thing we needed.”
The pop-punk genre has always been home for the boys who originally grew up and met in Brisbane’s Bayside. “We have always been pretty true to our music and our tastes. We were always pop/punk and will always be,” said Mark. “When the other bands moved from pop/punk to emo, we were doing pop/punk. Then the same bands did a screamo album, we were still doing pop/punk. It’s either admirable …or stupid”. “I tried playing in different bands with different styles, but pop punk was what felt like home,” added Andy.
Down & Out will officially launch their single at Rics in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on January 20 before launching the EP almost two weeks later at the Zoo.
January 20 2018 - Rics, Brisbane, QLD (Australia) - 18+ (Single Launch)
February 2 2018 - The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD (Australia) - 18+ (EP Launch)
Single "Horizon" available Friday January 12 2018 via iTunes & Spotify