It’s a great pleasure to sit down with Ryan from Tameside hardcore outfit ‘One Down‘ and asked him a few questions and here’s what he had to say.
How did the band form? Just as a laugh really, myself (Ryan, guitar) and our drummer, Dale started it. Didn’t have much else going on band wise, thought we’d start a no stress hardcore band n get whatever local lads who we’re up for it involed so we could make some noise and hang out. I wrote some tunes pretty quick n got some of our mates to join in. Was up and running within a few weeks.
What’s been the highlight of the band’s career so far? In a profesional way, finally releasing a full length album. All DIY, and for us being the bunch of idiots we are, was a great accomplishment.
What festival would you love to headline in the future? Being asked to legitimately headline anything would be an achievement enough ha, so anything really, a decent hardcore one. Ghostfest if it was still going.
Which bands are you digging at the moment? Hard to say, there’s a lot, but besides the usual suspects for us Knuckledust, TUI, Nasty, life of agony etc.. I’d say, Code Orange, Nails, Powertrip. All released some cool new stuff recently, its fresh but reminiscent of an era we all kinda started off in.
What’s the plan for the rest of the year and 2018? New music! In the form of a few E.Ps, maybe a split n we’re thinking of organising a compliation record. Should have new tunes out ASAP.
How’s 2017 treated you as a band and what’s been the highlight? Wasn’t the most active for the 1st half and our vocalist left for personal reasons. So I suppose the highlight was sorting that out with bringing our old mate Jay in on vocals and finally releasing and finishing a full album.
Do you have any weird rituals before going on stage? It used to be half the band getting blind drunk on red wine but we’ve reined that in as it turns out to not be the best plan. None at the mo really. I like to make sure my laces are tight…
What’s been your biggest inspiration as an individual and as a band? Knuckledust, for One Down, Peirre, Kuckledust and that whole scene has always been a benchmark and inspiration.
What’s your favourite venue to play and why? Probably The Parish in Huddz, the venues cool and got a great scene there, Exemption lads had us over there recently, its always a gooden. Closely followed the by our local The Witchwood cos its our home turf, or Star n Garter in the centre of Manchester.
What album is the one album you listen to at least once a week? A tough one, can’t speak for the band but I probs don’t very long without listening to a bit of Crowbar – Sonic excess in its purest form. Not particularly evident in our sound but a staple of my own listening habits.
Manchester we know it’s the centre of the universe, but what do you love about it? Its proper mix, its not dominated by any one demographic and its just big enjoy and digest. A lot of very important and cool stuff has come from this grey little part of the world and we’re very proud to in anyway represent it.
One Down’s full length album ‘Witness hell’ is available to download and stream on the bands Official Bandcamp page.