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DOWNSET announce new album!

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Rapcore act DOWNSET will release their new album “One Blood” in about a month! The new ouring is produced by Brian Ares Schwager and mixed by Wesley Seldman. The band’s returning frontman Rey Oropeza commented:

After 10 years DOWNSET is going to release our long awaited album titled “ONE BLOOD

I have always been driven by the conviction that Hip-Hop and Hardcore can really change peoples lives for the better. My enduring dedication to the DOWNSET project is the personal and political manifestation of this belief. I haven’t grown cold. I’m more optimistic than ever before. At this point in our history as Hip-Hop and Hardcore activists I am really hoping that the lyrics in the ‘ONE BLOOD” title track will encourage all of us to re-evaluate our intentions as a movement. Through DOWNSETand our music I want to remind us all that each one of us and every moment of our lives matter. Our decision to represent with Hip-Hop and Hardcore laces us with the critical responsibility of caring about ourselves and the world around us. You may feel different and I am sure lots of people do, but today I’m asking you to join us in this global movement to say


The band’s original line-up will be performing at this year’s This Is Hardcore fest in Philly on  July 27th. Check out the official statement below:

The rumors you have heard are true, the somewhat original downset. lineup is playing “This is Hardcore” in July and will most likely play other shows to follow. To make things clear, there will not willingly be 2 versions of downset. performing as that would be ignorant for obvious reasons. While we mean no offense to other bands that coexist in this way, Rey is the face of downset. and if he has finally decided to take the wheel and drive, well, its’ his car.

downset. was resurrected in 2013 with all original members invited at the time and only a couple willing and passionate enough to bring it back. So, with a new line up, this reincarnated downset. went on to tour through the summer and had a blast properly serving the fans night after night bringing that original West Coast Hardcore sound back to the fans. During and since that summer, Rey, Ares and James have decided to come back and undoubtedly kill shows like they once have.

Ultimately with dismay this leaves the upcoming summer European tour up in the air. The next couple of weeks will tellingly procure details of the ‘if’ and ‘how’ of any resolution. Updates will be posted accordingly.

*To avoid further confusion, it must be stated that original members Rogelio Lozano and Christopher Lee are not included in the TIHC show lineup.

Catch DOWNSET live at:
07/24 Albany, NY – Bogies – Doors
07/25 Worcester, MA – Palladium
07/26 New York, NY – Blackthorne 51
07/27 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory (‘This Is Hardcore Festival‘)
08/15 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
08/16 Los Angeles, CA – The Whiskey A Go-Go
08/17 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS

Karol Kamiński

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