CITIES OF ORIGIN: Corona
KINDRED SPIRITS: Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate, Mae and Augustana
RECENT RELEASES: Reckless E.P. (2013).
FREQUENTS: The Wire (Upland).
Most bands take a while to get their feet on the ground, but The Letdown is an exception. These musicians have coined their distinct sound almost immediately, considering they just launched early February of this year. That’s right; in a short amount of time this alternative/pop/rock band has gotten on our radar emulating an amorous emotion to match gorgeous lyrics. The intention behind the conception of this band was to allow its members an outlet to record their original material, which is something there’s nothing short of—with over 30 songs written within the last several months, you can expect these guys to drop their album come this fall. Don’t be misled by their band name—these poetic musicians will not let you down if you come to experience a live performance.
How would you describe your music?
Brady Kerr: Our music is made of catchy melodies, passionate lyrics, and filled with relatable life experience. It’s love songs with scars.
What is the story behind the name of your band?
Kerr: Life is a struggle. Each of us experiences this human journey in a different and unique way. It’s easy to hold your expectations high, only to be let down by people who don’t view things from the same perspective as you do. Belief has to come from inside each of us as individuals—belief that no matter how small we are, we are still significant.
Tell us about your songwriting process.
Kerr: The songwriting process stems from Brandon and Brady and their everyday collaborations; a lyrical idea here, a chord progression there. Our belief is that creativity cannot be forced. When we unhinge ourselves from expectations and allow ourselves to be vessels of inspiration, the music seems to flow effortlessly; two people, instinctively compatible, drawn to the same creative process.
The Letdown at The Wire, 247 N 2nd Ave., Upland, (909) 985-9466; thewire247.com. Fri, July 18. 7pm. All ages. $10.