Our Time Down Here

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Our Time Down Here
Creeper 2016 Köln 2.jpg
Gould (front) and Miles (back) performing with Creeper in 2016.
Background information
OriginSouthampton, England
Genres
Years active2006–2013
LabelsPalm Reader, Nothing to Prove, Banquet, Punktastic
Associated actsCreeper
Past members
  • Will Gould
  • Ian Miles
  • Gary Painting
  • Andy Mehers
  • Shane Bonthuys
  • Greg Churcher
  • Chris Taylor
  • Mike Firth

Our Time Down Here was an English punk rock band from Southampton, England, formed in 2006.[1] Their song "Black Ice & Bad Advice" from the Black Mass gained radio play on BBC Radio.[2] NME said, in reference to the band's debut album, "if there’s a finer UK hardcore album released this year then I’d really, really really like to hear it".[3] Vice Media referred to them as "UK punk's best-kept secret".[4] Funeral for a Friend lead vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye and Natives member Jack Fairbrother were outspoken supporters of the band.[5][6] After the band's separation in 2013, Gould and Miles went on to form Creeper.

History[edit]

Our Time Down Here formed in 2006, however their original singer was kicked out abruptly soon after, leading to their recruitment of Will Gould,[7] who at the time was in his teens, unlike Painting, Churcher and Taylor, who were into adulthood.[8] Their name is a references to the Goonies.[9] They went on their first UK tour with fellow Southampton band Take Em Out, which featured guitarist Ian Miles, who would eventually join Our Time Down Here as an additional guitarist in 2010.[10] They released their eponymous debut EP on October 25 2007 through Punktastic records, which was then re-released in 2008 through Banquet records, with an additional two demo tracks.[11][7][12] Following the release of the EP, the band's bass player departed, being replaced by Andy Mehers.[13]

On 13 October 2009 they released their debut album "Live. Love Let Go".[14] It was around this time that some of the members had so little money that they were sharing a studio apartment in Shirley with drug dealers, that had a rat infestation.[1]

In 2010, they toured Europe in support of the American band Hit the Switch, which was followed by a UK tour in support of A Loss for Words and LYU, which was followed by UK and European headline tours in December and over into 2011.[7]

Their 2011 EP, entitled "Last Light" was written exclusively by Gould and the band's new guitarist Ian Miles. The two would record guitars and program drums in Gould's flat during the day, as his roommates were not home, and record vocals in a car in the countryside at night.[10] They pursued an intentionally different, more cathartic and personal, sound on the record to avoid burnout.[15] However, it was around this time that founding drummer Chris Taylor departed from the band due to the tole that so frequently touring took on some aspects of his life, being replaced by Shane Bonthuys.[13] In January 2012 they announced that their second studio album, "Midnight Mass", would be released on 6 March 2012, along with a series of UK headlining tour dates.[16][17] Gould cited his intention for the sound of the record to be "if Green Day created a punk rock opera", doing so by embracing more theatrical influences, such as The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie, the Art of Drowning by AFI, Good Mourning by the Alkaline Trio and Energy. Lyrically, the album was based on love letters written by Gould's step-mother's broker and his wife, which Gould had found while clearing out the man's room after he a stroke. Soon after this event, the man died, and while attending the funeral Gould met his ex-wife and children, whom he discovered no longer lived with due to turning violent after his previous stroke. The album's opening track "7th October 1984" was made up entirely of words from the letters.[15] In May of the same year, they opened the Macbeth stage at Slam Dunk Festival.[18]

In 2013 they announced the dates for their final tour, with support by Grader, and would take place between 30th May and June 6th of the same year.[1]

Legacy[edit]

They have been cited as an influence by Southampton punk rock band Miss Vincent.[19] After the band's 2013 breakup, Gould and Miles formed the band Creeper with former members of Hang the Bastard, Ghosts on Pegasus Bridge and Doomed from Day One,[20][21] which was originally planned to be a dark wave project, but ended up embracing far more punk influences.[22]

Musical style and influences[edit]

The band have been described as hardcore punk,[22][15][23] punk rock,[10][24] and melodic hardcore,[3][25][26] incorporating elements of youth crew,[27] characterised by fast tempos and melodic sections.[28] Their sophomore album Midnight Mass has been described as more theatrical than their previous hardcore punk work. Their early releases were compared to groups such as Comeback Kid, Strike Anywhere, Shook Ones, Kid Dynamite and Lifetime, whereas their final record Midnight Mass is considered more emotional and gothic, leading to it being compared to AFI and the Damned,[10][29][26][3] and even categorised as horror punk.[30] BBC has even cited them as an "indie metal" band.[31]

They have cited influences including Lifetime, Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music and The Bouncing Souls,[13] whereas their later sound was more-so influenced by early-AFI, David Bowie, Energy, Alkaline Trio, the Cult, the Damned, the Sisters of Mercy, the Cure and Dead Man's Bones.[15][13]

Members[edit]

Final line-up
  • Will Gould - vocals (2006–2013)
  • Gary Painting - guitar (2006-2013)
  • Ian Miles - guitar (2010-2013)
  • Andy Mehers - bass (2008-2013)
  • Shane Bonthuys - drums (2011-2013)
Past members
  • Greg Churcher – bass (2006–2008)
  • Chris Taylor – drums (2006–2011)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Live. Love. Let Go (2009)
  • Midnight Mass (2012)
EPs
  • Our Time Down Here (2007)
  • Last Light (2011)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Our Time Down Here". BBC. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Notes From The Underground – Our Time Down Here". NME. 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ Connick, Tom (2017-03-21). "How Creeper Brought Magic and Melodrama Back to Emo". Vice Media. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ "FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND: YOUR HISTORY IS OURS". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  6. ^ "NOT ADVISED". Retrieved 3 November 2018.
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  8. ^ Goodman, Eleanor. "Do you want to join Creeper's fright club?". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Goth-punk rockers are Creeping up in the ratings". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
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  12. ^ "Our Time Down Here Our Time Down Here". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d "Interview with Our Time Down Here". Sound Magazine. 2 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Our Time Down Here Live Love Let Go". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d Verducci, Richard. "Interview: Will Gould (Our Time Down Here)". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  16. ^ "OUR TIME DOWN HERE ANNOUNCE 'MIDNIGHT MASS' RELEASE DATE AND TRACKLISTING". RockSound. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Our Time Down Here Midnight Mass". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  18. ^ Davies, Alan. "More Slam Dunk 2012 Festival line-up additions including Gallows". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Creeper hang out with awesome Southampton newbies Miss Vincent". Kerrang!. 1677. 1 July 2017.
  20. ^ "What's on your free Download Festival CD in Metal Hammer issue 271?". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  21. ^ "CREEPER RELEASE DEPUT EP FOR FREE DOWNLOAD". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  22. ^ a b Deadman, Remfrey (2017-03-22). "Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms: Exclusive Album Stream". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
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  24. ^ MARSHMAN, CHRIS. "OUR TIME DOWN HERE – MIDNIGHT MASS". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
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  26. ^ a b "OUR TIME DOWN HERE live. love. let go". 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  27. ^ Heaven, Richard (2012-04-10). "Album Review: Our Time Down Here – Midnight Mass". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  28. ^ Chaddock, Ian. "NOVEMBER ISSUE RECORD REVIEWS". Vive Le Rock.
  29. ^ Cocksedge, Rich. "Our Time Down Here Midnight Mass (2012)". PunkNews. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  30. ^ LLOYD, GAVIN (2012-03-09). "REVIEW: OUR TIME DOWN HERE – MIDNIGHT MASS (ALBUM)". Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  31. ^ O'Hare, Andy. "Metal night at The Firefly in Worcester - 13.02.12". BBC. Retrieved 7 November 2018.