Life Down Here is one of the hardest working bands on the local circuit. Their sound is described according to their website as pop-punk with a hardcore edge, the female-fronted rock band Life Down Here is like the energetic offspring we’d expect of parental units Paramore (XX) and The Distillers (XY). The Los Angeles based quartet goes against the grade of contemporary female fronted rock bands with a sarcastic punk attitude and contagious energy that is evident both on and off stage. Life Down Here is currently focused on promoting their debut album, “The Beginning,” which is available on
iTunes and at Life Down Here shows. The aforementioned album is a must have whether you’re a fan of the genre or not as this album crosses over and should be a mainstream success. The first listen and you will be hooked as songs like “Seven Letters”, “Never Be The Same” and “All That You Are” rips into your soul and never leaves you. Then there is the tear jerker “Daddy Song” and sultry “Calling Out” that will stay deep inside you for the rest of your life. The band is made up of Michelle Blanchard (Vocals, Guitar), Nick Adams (Drums), Jeff Dennis (Guitars) and Eli Shkurkin (Bass) when the album was made. Michelle sat down and answered some questions about the band and where LDH is headed for 2013.
When did you start playing music? For as long as I can remember, music has been my life. Growing up all I ever wanted to do was play the guitar and be in a band. I started playing guitar when I was 8 and have been playing ever since. Jumped around from the guitar, to the bass and back to the guitar again. Singing came later in the game for me, about 3 years ago; but I am just as much as a vocalist as I am a guitar player.
You left high school at 16 to pursue music, why did you decide to go for it so early? Around the age of 16 I dropped out of school and started working on my music career. I basically told my parents, “I kinda wanna do the whole music thing and be in a band for the rest of my life, what do you think?” They were all for it and ever since then, I went to vocal lessons, guitar lessons, writing sessions, put together a band, rehearsed, and started playing shows. Once you start putting yourself out there as an artist and a band, you start meeting the people you need to meet to make it to where you want to be. I’ve found that you have to stick with it, give it everything you have, and definitely work your ass off to make it in this business.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your songs? Every song that I write comes directly from what is going on in that exact moment of my life. Every Life Down Here song is written by me, me and Eli (bass player), and a few other outside co-writers. Our song topics range from relationships and the loss of my father, to even me coming out as a lesbian or even a trip to a mental institution.
Who are your influences? As far as my influences go, I literally listen to everything from System of a Down, Rise Against, Metallica to Melissa Etherige and even pop and country, which is a guilty pleasure might I add – LOL
If you could tour with anyone who? Who would I like to tour with? LOL that’s definitely a tough question. Warped Tour is one thing I would LOVE to do. As far as going on tour with a specific band, I would say The Used, Rise Against, Paramore or System of a Down.
Having played the circuit for a while now what are some of your favorite places to play? I love the grungy punk vibe at DiPiazzas, not to mention the food is awesome and who doesn’t like to eat bomb pizza, chill at a bar with beer and listen to live music? Sooo DiPiazzas is definitely one of my favorite venues, along with the Roxy on the Sunset Strip. Always a blast there too!
What’s the next album or song? We don’t wanna give it all away too quick about our next album, but our favorite NEW song right now is called “The Wanting”.
What’s up next for Life Down Here? We are writing some new material and recording some things. Testing the waters at shows too with some new material and seeing how the fans are reacting to the heavier LDH sound. The things I am looking forward to most are touring, getting our music out there, and having more people know who “Life Down Here” is. I want people to hear our music and be inspired by it, and relate to it. I would love nothing more than to have a line of kids outside the door with our t-shirt on, ready to see us play.
Life Down Here is currently booked through most of November and finishing 2012 strong with a show at the Roxy. Here are the dates and locations to see them.
11-9 Savannah High Anaheim, CA, 11-10 AMPLYFi LA Los Angeles, CA,
11-13 El Monte High El Monte, CA, 11-14 Pacifica High Garden Grove, CA,
11-15 Santiago High Garden Grove, CA, 11-16 Hollywood High Los Angeles, CA,
11-24 diPiazza’s Long Beach, CA, 11-27 Warren High Downey, CA
12-3 Sun Valley High Sun Valley, CA, 12-7 Roosevelt High Los Angeles, CA
12-14 Roxy Theater West Hollywood, CA