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Weekly Nostalgia: Engine Down

Posted by: Adam Pfleider (09/30/09)
There's something haunting about Engine Down's music that crawls under the skin, and only heightens the senses enough to be carried along and never blown away from each intricate detail. In 1996, four men emerged from Richmond, Virginia with a vibrant sound: vocalist/guitarist Keeley Davis, drummer Cornbread Compton, bassist Jason Wood and guitarist Jonathan Fuller. After their first two albums, Engine Down crafted Demure, a 45-minute sonic ride of rhythmic bites backed by superb guitar aftertaste. The band disbanded after their self-titled record, but managed to have their final tour documented in a DVD which surfaced last year entitled From Beginning to End. While the members have moved on to other great projects (most notable, Davis' work with Sparta), one can't forget the short, but powerful legacy the band has left behind as artists. I was lucky enough to see the band on a tour supporting the release of their self-titled album, and only about 15 people showed up. I've always wished there was more, but it was intimate, and a fond memory that will forever be kept.
    
 
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09:49 AM on 09/30/09
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Such a great band. The singer's voice really is pretty interesting. Wish they were still around.
09:54 AM on 09/30/09
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Loved these guys. I almost saw them in Syracuse on time, but when I showed up a the venue they canceled that date (the other bands still played)! I think they were sick or something, can't remember, but I was pissed either way.
09:55 AM on 09/30/09
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Strangely enough these guys made one of my favorite songs ever and I hardly ever listen to them on a regular basis. I really need to get on that.
10:13 AM on 09/30/09
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So good. Glos is good as well, but not quite the same.
10:29 AM on 09/30/09
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WOW! Talk about a band I forgot about!
10:51 AM on 09/30/09
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great band.
11:05 AM on 09/30/09
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i seriously listen to Demure everyday. Songbird is such a sick opening track. miss these fuckers.
11:33 AM on 09/30/09
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engine down was absolutely incredible
12:31 PM on 09/30/09
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i loved denali, guess i should check these guys out
12:31 PM on 09/30/09
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I saw these Engine Down opening for Cursive when The Ugly Organ came out, with Minus the Bear supporting. That was my introduction to them and Minus the Bear. Fell in love with them and drove up from Ft. Lauderdale to Ybor city see them play with Decahedron, and Moments of Grace. Best show ever.
12:34 PM on 09/30/09
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Surprised to see this here. Demure and Engine Down are still two of my favourite albums ever. Miss these guys a lot.
12:34 PM on 09/30/09
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Self titled will go down as one of my favorite records of all time. They grew so much between Demure and that one.. Keeley and Cornbread were ultra talented guys. Also the Denali Records were Amazing. I saw ED play at the Troubadour for the S/T release and they just CRUSHED.. They always were amazing live and had a unqiue spot in the whole indie scene.. I wish them and Shiner would get back together so bad..
12:47 PM on 09/30/09
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i miss this band so much....Demure didn't leave my cd player for about two years after it came out. thank you ap, for posting about such an amazing band that most people either don't know of, or have completely forgot about....
01:12 PM on 09/30/09
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Richmond.....
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