After five years of playing pop/punk, Bring Down the Sky wanted to change things a little. Instead, they changed things a lot. Eddie Luikart (vocals), Steve Braddock (guitar), Matt Witt (drums), and Jakoub Tanner (guitar) were tired of being satisfied with the status quo. Bring Down the Sky was a successful as a pop/punk band. They went on the road touring the country and played Warped Tour. But something was missing. Witt says, “We really just wanted to shake the venue. We wanted people to throw each other’s friends around and have a good time. That’s what we are really about.” Different levels of commitment among band members became monotonous, and the realization that neither Braddock nor Witt were happy with the music led them on a journey to a very new sound.
A new sound deserves a new album. The songwriting process for Bring Down the Sky is a method that they have perfected over time. When creative difference rears its ugly head, they retreat to the bar. Relaxing over drinks is a way to discuss the music and offer suggestions for improvement or change. Multiple tastes and a decade of music behind them, the band does not argue or fight over the new songs, but rather they engage in a collective discourse of ideas. The result is the songs are more cohesive and precise, everything a deathcore band should be. Currently, Bring Down the Sky is looking for just the right fit of a producer with the perfect place to record. It may seem a daunting task, but the artists are determined to find a level of passion that matches their own.
Deathcore is physical. It may be common knowledge that deathcore music evokes a very physical response from audiences who mosh, rage, and whirl around the floor. Bring Down the Sky is drawn to deathcore music because of other physical reactions it causes. Witt explains, “There are chakras in your body. There are notes on a guitar that hit certain chakras and they make you feel good.” He describes how they came to the music they play, “I went from playing heavy music to, we were doing some sludgy death metal. It hits people a little differently. It’s not that it doesn’t make them happy, but it’s an all-around different feeling.” Through trial and error, Bring Down the Sky has discovered the sound that suits them and thrills audiences at the same time.
Lend a hand. Bring Down the Sky is committed to helping the Cleveland community whenever they can. The band has volunteered their time and talent to fundraisers benefiting families who have lost loved ones, food banks, middle school programs, and Ronald McDonald House. They feel it is a privilege to lend their considerable musical skills to help out fellow Clevelanders, because the world works better when we help each other.
It works for me. I was not the only one who captivated at once by the unrelenting onslaught of sound. The heavy beats are balanced by haunting melodies with vocals adding drama and feeling. As the first on stage, Bring Down the Sky played to a packed house on a Tuesday night in Cleveland to an audience that began with rage and ended with a peculiar Zen-like vibe. Whatever anger or frustration had happened to fans before the show, it was gone by the end of the set. At the moment Luikart thanked the audience and moved off the stage was when the full effect of Bring Down the Sky hit listeners. I had the same reaction as the people standing around me…we did not want it to be over. I added the band to my social media alerts (before the show was over), because I want to pre-order the new recording as soon as it is released. Bring Down the Sky continues to write and record new music and hope to have their new EP ready soon.