A four-piece band from Kent formed in 2000. They've gigged extensively throughout Kent, London and the UK playing support roles to the likes of 65 Days of Static, Oneida, Kinski, The Drones, Bossk to name a few and as sound carriers for Damo Suzuki as well as headlining and setting up there own shows/tours.
In 2004 following a number of self-released singles and albums, they were signed to indie label Tap 'n' Tin Records and their first double 'A' side 7" single was released in February 2005. They performed a live Xfm session with John Kennedy in May of 2005 and during the same year their second 10" single was released. Their debut album ‘And the Battle is Won' was released at the end of 2005 and received high acclaim from the music press. In March 2006 they visited Maida Vale studios to record a live Radio One session with Huw Stephens and embarked upon their first UK tour.
Their second album 'Embers' was released in 2008 and distributed in both the UK and Japan. The band left the Tap 'n' Tin in 2008, releasing 'Firewolf' on their own in 2009. 'Firewolf' was mastered at Abbey Road Studios being distributed once again in both UK and Japan. During 2010 the band embarked upon their second UK tour with the year ending on a high with the band taking their first steps into the European arena.
In 2011 and now on Field Records, they will release their fourth album 'Calaveras'.
Today I feel like if the world has decided to celebrate my birthday early. My gift is called Black Sea and comes from Upcdownc, one of the bands I love most. And I love also their weird name. You know that there’s music and music, musicians and musicians and records and records. Well, this record is one of the best music experiences you can have. The album title is quite interesting and definitely in line with the band's music tradition – post rock lovers will remember, for example, their previous album titled Calaveras, name that is associated to the Mexican Day Of The Dead! Black Sea is the follow up to Calaveras and have been both released via Field Records.
For those of you that till now had no occasion to get to know them, Up C Down C are a four-piece band from Kent, UK, formed in 2000. Their live performances are really famous and they have played very extensively throughout Kent, London and the UK supporting huge bands like 65Daysofstatic, Oneida, Kinski and The Drones but also headlining and setting up their own shows and tours. I do invite you to their next tours and please manage to go. Your trip will be more than rewarded.
As post rock is my religion the new album of Up C Down C is going to be one of the milestones of my beliefs.
I’ve listened to this album again and again before starting with this review. Someone could think that I had no idea about what to write but the truth is exactly the opposite: I like this record so much that I really didn’t know where to start. So, I decided to introduce you into the world of Black Sea starting from ‘Drive’, the song that stands more or less in the middle of the album. The reason is because I’m simply in love with it. ‘Drive’ is for me the celebration and the elation of the post rock music genre; with its strong outbursts and tones that constantly change it generates its own voice and depth. The first thing I thought when I listened to it was that this song has everything inside including electronic playfulness and provokes an explosions of sensations. I could comment each moment of this work of art: have you noticed the guitar riff at approximately the minute 3:08? And what about the change in the rhythm at about the minute 2:37? This song is a paradise.
Going back to beginning, Black Sea is composed of 10 miracles of the music world and even if this journey only lasts a bit more than one hour, the experience you’ll have won’t leave you and it will be the soundtrack of your day. The opening ‘Twilight Sleep’ sounds like the perfect sound for a dark and gloomy science movie with its sinister undertones.