Feb 8, 2010
Young, powerful, and entertaining, Downstait is a band that holds nothing back, either in the studio or on the stage. Their songwriting reflects talent and ability beyond their years and is a unique blend of the best of modern hard rock. The thunder of Godsmack and Sevendust, the melodies of Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin, all tied together by Daren Call and Sean Arata on vocals. Downstait has been rumbling under the surface of Fort Wayne, Indiana's music scene since 2002. It wasn't until 2006 when WBYR program director, Stiller, heard something special in lead singer, Daren Call's voice and reached out to producer/singer/composer, Sahaj from the Universal/Republic band Ra, to see if the band had potential.
Sahaj agreed and took the band under his wing to help develop the sound that we know as Downstait today. He was surprised to find that lead guitarist and songwriter, Justin Call, shared a love for the progressive 80's band Queensrÿche and was quick to include a dramatic element to Downstait's signature sound. As writing continued, Downstait had more surprises up their sleeves. Bass player, Sean Arata, proved himself to be quite the vocalist, adding rich harmonies or deep screams to an already rich vocal landscape. Jethro McConnell on drums reveals his secret in his ink. A tattoo of Miles Davis coats his skin but this young powerhouse's love for jazz is heard in the unique phrasing he uses in this hard rock context. Rhythm guitarist, Isaiah Zwick is the soul of the band onstage, raining energy from beginning to end. Their live show is explosive.
The band has shared the stage and toured with- Ra, Rev Theory, Drowning Pool, Pop Evil, Queensrÿche, Saliva, Skid Row, 10 Years and others. They are the hometown favorite and rightfully so. Selling over 5000 CD's by themselves they are a band with real viability. The fan base continues to grow.
Sahaj was approached by MTV to have the band re-record the theme song, "Beat You Down", (Universal/Republic) for the hit show "Bully Beatdown". With this in place the band is now poised for a far more powerful launch. You can expect to hear quite a lot from this young group.
The single, "Beat Down" impacts Rock on February 9th.