Left Spine Down

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Left Spine Down
Left Spine Down Promo Photo 2008.jpg
Left Spine Down Promo Photo, 2008; left to right: Jeremy Inkel (rear), kAINE D3L4Y (front), Jared Slingerland (rear), Tim Hagberg (middle), Denyss McKnight (front) and Matt Girvan.
Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Digital hardcore, punk rock, electronica, drum and bass, heavy metal, industrial rock, industrial metal
Years active 2003-present
Labels Metropolis Records, Synthetic Sounds (Canada) (Current Label),
Danse Macabre (Europe), Bit Riot Records (USA)
Associated acts Front Line Assembly
Noise Unit
Website http://www.leftspinedown.com
Members Kaine Delay: Vox, Lead Guitar
Galen Waling: Drums
Dan Curtis: Bass
Bill E. Organ: Guitar
Adrian Black: Drums
Past members Jeremy Inkel
Matt Girvan
Jared Slingerland
Denyss McKnight
Tim Hagberg

Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Left Spine Down (also known by the abbreviation LSD) is a band that plays what they call "cyberpunk," a mixture of electronica, metal, punk, and drum & bass[1][2] which can be described as some kind of digital hardcore.


The group formed in Vancouver in 2001 with Matt Girvan, Frank Valoczy and Kaine Delay, with Jeremy Inkel replacing Valoczy in 2003 (Jared Slingerland joined the following year). They spent the next five years honing their skill and recruiting talent, all the while drawing attention to Bill Leeb, whom hired both Inkel and Slingerland into Front Line Assembly for the Artificial Soldier tour and album in 2006. [3] LSD had begun to build a cult following, both local and abroad, and not until they found bass player Denyss McKnight and Tim Hagberg did they self-release their debut Smartbomb EP, in June 2007.[4][5][6] The EP was produced by Front Line Assembly/Noise Unit's Chris Peterson.[7] Their debut LP, Fighting for Voltage, was released in April 2008 on Synthetic Sounds in Canada, and a Canadian tour followed in support of the album.[8][9] Bit Riot Records picked up the rights to the release of Fighting for Voltage in the USA and released the album in September 2008.[10][11]

On March 3, 2009 and again via Synthetic Sounds the band released their second full-length album entitled Voltage 2.3: Remixed and Revisited. The album featured three new songs; "Welcome to the Future" with covers of "Territorial Pissings" by Nirvana and "She's Lost Control" by Joy Division; along with remixes and segues.[12] In January 2011 the band's fourth music video was released (She's Lost Control) which made it into rotation on MuchMusic in Canada.[13]

The band has toured North America extensively with Revolting Cocks, SNFU, 16 Volt[14] and Chemlab[15] and opened for groups such as The Birthday Massacre, Combichrist, DOA, Genitorturers[16] and Front Line Assembly.

In May 2011 Left Spine Down signed with Metropolis Records.[17] They released their second full-length album, Caution, on August 23, 2011 which was preceded by a new single and video for the track "X-Ray".[18][19][20][21] The album was produced by well known industrial music producer Dave "Rave" Ogilvie and features the band as a four-piece stripped down from their previous incarnations as a five and six-piece band.[22][23]

In late 2011, Skinny Puppy lead singer Nivek Ogre's side project ohGr announced a December 2011 West Coast USA and Canada tour consisting of nine performances supported by Left Spine Down.[24][25]

In 2012, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult announced their 25-year anniversary tour covering over 30 dates in the USA tour featuring direct support by Left Spine Down.[26][27]

After the Back From Beyond Tour with My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult in 2012, the band took a hiatus to focus on other projects; Kaine Delay kept Left Spine Down active, with appearances both on stage and on record, by supporting major acts such as The Soft Moon and 3TEETH at local gigs, as well as efforts for cancer benefits, namely the Electronic Saviors compilation series and the annual Bowie Ball, a yearly tribute festival in Vancouver for charity in honour of fallen rock legend David Bowie, who died of Liver Cancer in 2016.[28]Galen Waling went to join industrial legends the likes of PIG, Lords of Acid and En Esch (ex-KMFDM) across the world as a live drummer,[29] Matt Girvan went on to work at a local venue while working on his own music, and Jeremy Inkel left the band in 2016, continuing to work with Front Line Assembly until his sudden death in January 2018. [30]

The band had announced a new lineup on April 19, 2018, and are hard at work on a "brutal" new album with Kurt Maas (Deny Your Maker). A cross continent and European tour are hoped for 2019. [31]


Current members
  • Kaine Delay - Vox, Lead Guitar
  • Galen Waling - Drums
  • Adrian Black - Drums
  • Dan Curtis - Bass
  • Bill E. Organ - Guitar


Former members



Date of release Title Label
2007 Smartbomb EP Synthetic Sounds
2008 Fighting for Voltage Synthetic Sounds / Bit Riot Records
2009 Voltage 2.3: Remixed and Revisited Synthetic Sounds
Smartbomb 2.3: The Underground Mixes Synthetic Sounds
Fighting for Voltage/Voltage 2.3 Double Disc Deluxe Edition (Europe) Synthetic Sounds / Danse Macabre Records
2011 Caution Metropolis Records
2018 TBA

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2009 "Last Daze" Casey O'Brien
"Reset" Thana Fauteux
"Welcome to the Future" Brian Moelker
2010 "She's Lost Control" Troy Sobotka
2011 "X-Ray" Troy Sobotka

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Left Spine Down - Assault of the Digital Punks
  2. ^ Hotchkiss, Caitlin (2008-08-08). "Left Spine Down Unveil "iPunk"". Chart. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  3. ^ "[1]"
  4. ^ Left Spine Down feat. Front Line Assembly members to release EP
  5. ^ "Left Spine Down - Smartbomb (MCD Synthetic)" review in Side-line
  6. ^ "Left Spine Down - Smartbomb" review in Discogs
  7. ^ Left Spine Down Release EP, "Smartbomb", sound samples, announce tour
  8. ^ Left Spine Down releases debut full-length album[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Left Spine Down is Fighting for Voltage" in Regen
  10. ^ "Left Spine Down signed to BitRiot!"
  11. ^ "Left Spine Down signs with Bit Riot Records" in Regen
  12. ^ "March Release for Left Spine Down's Voltage 2.3: Remixed and Revisited" in Side-line
  13. ^ "Left Spine Down - She's Lost Control on Muchmusic.com (restricted to Canadian online viewers only)"
  14. ^ MIDI GHETTO TOUR No. 1 Show Review
  15. ^ " MIDI Ghetto Tour No. 2 Show Review" in Regen
  16. ^ "Vancouver Hosts Genitorturers and Left Spine Down" in Regen
  17. ^ "Metropolis Mail-Order // Caution". Metropolis-mailorder.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  18. ^ "Metropolis Records // Left Spine Down Joins Metropolis!". Metropolis-records.com. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  19. ^ Sergio PereiraMore Posts - Website. "Video: Left Spine Down – X-Ray". MusicReview. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  21. ^ "LEFT SPINE DOWN Debuts Music Video for "X-Ray" Online « News «". Puregrainaudio.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  22. ^ "The Caution Tapes: Interview with Left Spine Down". Idieyoudie.com. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  23. ^ "Shut Up and Drive « ReGen Magazine". Regenmag.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  24. ^ "ohGr with Left Spine Down live dates announced!"
  25. ^ ":News: Left Spin Down Announce [sic] Tour in Support of ohGr"
  27. ^ "My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult celebrate 25 years with tour"
  28. ^ "[2]"
  29. ^ "[3]"
  30. ^ "[4]"
  31. ^ "[5]"
  32. ^ "[6]"

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