Engine Down

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Engine Down
Engine Down.jpg
Farewell Show in Richmond, Virginia, 9/4/05
Background information
OriginRichmond, Virginia, U.S.
Years active1996–2005
LabelsLookout, Lovitt
Associated actsSleepytime Trio, Bughummer, The Weak Link Breaks, Bats & Mice, Denali, Sparta, Biology, Glös, Cursive, Heks Orkest, Electric Guest, At The Drive-In
WebsiteOfficial band site
Past members

Engine Down was an American rock band from Richmond, Virginia, active from 1996 to 2005. They were a part of the Washington, D.C. area post-hardcore movement, along with bands like The Dismemberment Plan, Q and Not U, and Faraquet. The lineup included Keeley Davis on guitar and vocals, Jason Wood on bass and vocals, Jonathan Fuller on guitar and backup vocals, and Cornbread Compton on drums. In early recordings Wood and founding member Jeremy Taylor served as primary lead vocalists, but later in their career the duties of lead singer switched primarily to Davis.

In 2005 Engine Down disbanded, following a farewell tour. Davis joined the band Sparta as lead guitarist. Compton began drumming for various bands including Biology, a side project with From Autumn to Ashes members Francis Mark and Josh Newton. Compton then joined Cursive to record their 2009 album Mama, I'm Swollen. Keeley and Jonathon Fuller have reunited in both Denali, and new band, Heks Orkest, featuring Denali member, Cam DiNunzio.


  • Keeley Davis – guitar, vocals
  • Jason Wood – bass, vocals
  • Jonathan Fuller – guitar, vocals
  • Cornbread Compton – drums, percussion, piano
  • Jeremy Taylor – guitar, vocals (1996–98)


Studio albums

  • Under the Pretense of Present Tense (1999)
  • To Bury Within the Sound (2000)
  • Demure (2002) - 7.5/10 on Pitchfork,[4] D+ on Stylus[5]
  • Engine Down (2004) - 7.7/10 on Pitchfork[1]

EPs and singles

  • "2 Song" - 7" (1998)
  • "Twelve Hour Turn/Engine Down" - Split 7" (1998)
  • Sign of Breath EP/7" (2001)


  • From Beginning to End (2008)


  1. ^ a b Howe, Brian (August 24, 2004). "Engine Down - Engine Down". Pitchfork.
  2. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Engine Down - Enginedown". AllMusic. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Miller, Louis (April 1, 2002). "Engine Down - Demure". CMJ. 71 (56): 10.
  4. ^ Haywood, Brad (May 23, 2002). "Engine Down - Demure". Pitchfork.
  5. ^ Freelon, Deen (2003-09-01). "Engine Down - Demure". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10.

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