While unsigned bands all over the world are doing their best to become the next big thing on MTV or ink that life-changing deal, Boston-based Lansdowne have set out to be the ones that are changing lives. Barely two years old while scraping together enough money to fund their tours Lansdowne have taken their mission international with a two-week stint in the Middle East where they performed for US troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Kyrgyzstan. Their mission: Let our service men and women know that they are not forgotten, and that their sacrifices have enabled our freedoms.
Chosen by Armed Forces Entertainment in large part because of their renowned live show, a marriage of chaos blended with radio-ready choruses, the band spent last Christmas and New Year’s Eve showcasing their incredible performance for our military. The trip was nothing short of a revelation for the rock quartet.
“We returned home full of memories and stories, knowing that we needed an anthem for those who are giving everything,” exclaims front-man Jon Ricci. “In a time like this, whether we agree with the war or not, we felt like it was necessary to show these people that this is a story about saying goodbye but then saying hello again, about not losing hope, telling them that we will see them again.”
Lansdowne, whose live show has earned them 10 consecutive sold out Boston shows since forming in 2006, is tireless in their efforts, relentlessly touring the country on their own dime and steadily growing a grassroots following that has been built upon the excitement of knowing that each concert brings an experience of excitement and non-stop action. “Nothing makes us happier than to put it all out there for kids to see, to lose themselves in our show and escape for that hour, especially when the crowd is full of troops that are about to deploy,” declares drummer Glenn Mungo. “We want to be what they remember about American freedom before they head overseas. We want them to know that we are living our dream because of what they are sacrificing.”
Though the band has been featured on ABC News and in the New York Post and Boston Herald, among countless other publications, industry blogs, and shows, Lansdowne prides themselves most on their ability to recreate the perfection of a record live, while adding the moves and charisma that have given them the reputation for being even better in person.
“Most of the time we just want to give our music away, and say, “Here! Take this, listen to it, and come see us do it live, we promise you will not be disappointed,” says guitarist Shaun Lichtenstein. “There are more bands today than ever before, and the only way we are going to stick around and make a career out of this thing is to give it everything, every night. We are addicted, there is no way around it, we need to put on the best live show we can, and there is nothing better than watching the crowd dance and laugh and smile and sing those words right back to us. We are a band to see live, plain and simple.”