Break ups, reunions, hiatuses. You know the stories by now but the tale of London based hardcore band Down I Go is a little different.
Disbanding at the close of 2011 after members relocated to the likes of Toronto, Chicago and Stockholm, Down I Go were done, leaving behind a handful of albums, a few EPs and the odd, standalone single.
And that was that until Halldór Heiðar Bjarnason, a proactive fan of the band, invited them out to his Icelandic fljótstunga travel farm to work on a new album at the start of 2014. A kickstarter was set up, targets were met and off the band went.
The result is the epic, expansive and welcoming might of ‘You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You‘ which is streaming in full below and features appearances from Tim Elsenburg of Sweet Billy Pilgrim and one Jamie Lenman.
“”We wrote this over nine days in virtual isolation at a farm on an ancient, deserted lava field in Western Iceland,” explain the band. “With little more than a store of Icelandic booze, some duty free sweets and a few horses for company. Stealing ideas from a borrowed book on Icelandic Legends, we threw together these ten songs. It was exhausting.
Our shows and media coverage have always woven around Holy Roar bands and we have a lot of respect for the label, so we offered the results to HR and they decided, with a bit of arm bending, to put the album out. We all believe it to be our best, most interesting work to date.”
If you want to own the record beyond this screen, Vinyl preorders and digital downloads will be available from the Holy Roar website from Friday 28th August. Set your alarms.