The band was formed by bassist Lance “Kuk” Collier and samples operator Nathan Church who were in the band together that opened for Slipknot in mid 1999. This put them in touch with Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan. After deciding to replace their guitarist they auditioned several players, The band went through several line up and name changes before becoming Downthesun. The line up that recorded the album in June 2001 was: Lance Collier - bass, Aaron Peltz - vocals, Anthony “Satone” Stevens - Vocals, Nathan Church - Electronics & Vocals, Neil Godfrey - Guitar, Danny Spain - Drums. In 2001 the band signed to Slipknot’s Maggot Recordings label.
After recording the guitar tracks for their self-titled debut, Godfrey left the band to join first Motograter, and then Lo-Pro with former Ultraspank singer Pete Murray. The band then recruited Bruce Swink to handle the guitar for the band’s live shows. Although listed on the album liner notes, Swink did not play on the album. Downthesun was briefly signed to London/Sire records before the label folded, leaving the band unsigned for a brief period of time.
They were signed to Roadrunner Records and released their self-titled debut album in 2002. Before the album’s release, they shot a video for the song “Medicated”, which was aired on MTV2’s “Extreme Rock” and Fuse’s “Uranium” shows, and can be viewed on YouTube.com. Early 2003, however, saw the band, for reasons unknown, experience a mass exodus of band members, as Aaron Peltz, Satone, Danny Spain, and Bruce Swink all left the band. Kuk and Church soldiered on, however, finding replacements for the departed members, and recording a few demos and playing live shows around the midwest before calling it a day in late 2003.
In 2010 Downthesun has got back together to record new music
Edited by leighdobson on 30 Mar 2012, 17:48
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