The band hail from Portland, Oregon and feature an eclectic and an extremely amazing group of individuals. They are: Jsun Atoms voice/guitar, Tristan Evans bass/voice, Matt Moore guitar/voice/ harmonica, Brett Kron guitar/keyboards/sounds, B. Mild drums and Jason Plucky Anchondo, also on drums. They spent most of the beginning of 2003 forming the band and finding their beautiful, but dark soul. Then they spent the second half writing and putting down tracks for their debut. The band recorded their debut "Trust Electricity" almost entirely themselves, with Upsidedown sound magician Brett Kron at the mixing desk. The band also had some last minute help from Tony Lash, who's previous work includes Heatmiser, Elliott Smith, Tahiti 80 and The Dandy Warhols among many others.

Trust Electricity was released to huge fanfare and love from the press. Their CD release party in Portland featured the David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame singing the Bauhaus song “Who Killed Mr. Moonlight” with the band backing him up. Drop by the band’s website to see a live video clip from the adventure. Among other great reviews from the album, the band were named "Band to Watch" in Magnet Magazine. The Boston Globe called it “Dreamy and decadent in all the right places.”

The band went on to record their next album for The Dandy Warhol’s label “Beat the World Records.” The album was entitled “Human Destination” and the results were pretty astounding. The band got big nods from press and radio alike and were invited to tour with Black Angels, Dead Meadow, Spindrift and The Dandy Warhols, among others. A constant fixture at the SXSW festival in Austin every year, the band continues to win over any live audience it plays in front of.

The band have come back home to Reverb Records for their forthcoming album entitled “The Town With Bad Wiring,” which will be released in September of 2010. Guests on the album are plenty, from members of Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dandy Warhols and Peter Buck of REM fame. Songs from the album have already been licensed to some high profile TV shows, including HBO’s True Blood. By the sounds of things, you may not be able to turn on your TV this coming year without hearing a song from their new album. Keep an ear out!

Stay tuned here for more news about the release and forthcoming events.

 
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THE TOWN WITH BAD WIRING
2010 Reverb Records

TRUST ELECTRICITY
2004 Reverb Records

THE FUZZY BALL
Various Artists
2004 Reverb Records

IN A DIFFERENT PLACE
Various Artists
2003 Reverb Records

NW SHOEGAZERBLISS
Various Artists
2002 Reverb Records
     


REVIEWS

THE WILLAMETTE WEEK
"The Upsidedown plays dirty, glammed-up, drugged-down guitar rock with a dark heart. Their brand of ambient rock carries forth in a grand tradition: carefully constructed Dandies drone, pop hooks and devil-may-care-decadence."

MAGNET MAGAZINE

BAND TO WATCH "There's a whole lotta tambourine shakin' going on, but the real mover on this debut is the shoegazing vortex that sucks you in and never lets go. Woozy male/female vocals creep through a silver haze of whirring feedback, toxic-sludge guitars and tap-happy cymbals. The acid smeared daydream lasts only 56 minutes, but the hangover rings in your head for days."

THE BOSTON GLOBE

"There's a pop (and sometimes Punk) sensibility that runs through'em all... We really like what we hear on "Trust Electricity," the Upsidedown's debut CD, which is dreamy and decadent in all the right places."

THE PORTLAND MERCURY

"A diligent band that's been around the Portland block, The Upsidedown paid their dues, and are now finally getting pay back: they've been reviewed in Magnet as a "Band to watch," and have been receiving considerable acclaim for their debut, Trust Electricity.  They play out often and it shows, their well-crafted and undeniably catchy psychedelic rock is powerfully perfected.  Let's relish the last moments of this band's locality before they are stolen from us."

TUCSON WEEKLY

"After listening to their latest album, Trust Electricity (2004 Reverb), I've decided it's pretty darn good stuff. It reminds me of Echo and the Bunnymen and Love and rockets' heyday, but adds the drone of The Dandy Warhols and BRMC, and it's about as good as any of this type of thing being released these days."

THE OREGONIAN

"The Upsidedown create neo-psychedelic rock with all the hazy swirl and tambourines one would expect... Trust Electricity carries layers of sonic fog and grit, cut by the vocals of Jsun Atoms, Tristan Evans and Matt Moore.  The sound is textured, the performances polished."