by Ian Mann
June 04, 2020
Down for the Count, a London-based swing band, are releasing a new EP “Lockdown for the Count” on Friday 5th June 2020 with 50% of the profits from EP sales to be donated to the charity Mind.
We have received the following press release;
Following on from the success of their Let’s Face the Music and Dance video, swing band Down For The Count decided to record a whole EP, featuring 30 musicians recorded in Lockdown which is being released on Friday 5th June.
The EP release is in support of the charity Mind (mental health) and there will also be a series of videos, the first of which is coming out this Friday - with more videos to follow over the coming weeks.
LOCKDOWN FOR THE COUNT
A positive message from Down for the Count – staying productive in lockdown and supporting Mind, for better mental health
Down for the Count, a London-based swing band, are releasing a new EP “Lockdown for the Count” on Friday 5th June 2020 – and this one is different from most, because it has been recorded entirely in isolation, in accordance with government guidelines, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 35 musicians of the Down for the Count Concert Orchestra have collaborated remotely to bring fans of swing music five great tunes to send a positive message during a difficult time. In recognition of the detrimental effects that an extended lockdown will have on people’s mental health, 50% of the profits from EP sales will be donated to the charity Mind, who campaign for better mental health.
The EP follows on from the band’s “Orchestra in Lockdown” video released in April, which was viewed over 150,000 times on social media and received praise such as “this is awesome!!!” from Michael Bublé. The EP will be released on Bandcamp on Friday 5th June 2020, with a second lockdown video released later that day (and more videos to follow in the coming weeks).
Musical director Mike Paul-Smith, who put the project together, said:
“Lockdown has been a difficult time for musicians, as we have had to re-think the way we do things. Right now, it’s neither possible nor responsible to perform or record together in person and there have been moments when we’ve wondered what the future holds for musicians. For that reason, we’ve focussed our energies on collaborating remotely. Whilst nothing beats being in the same room and recording together at the same time, it’s amazing what we can achieve remotely and responsibly with nothing more than basic recording equipment.”
The project is a collaboration between Down for the Count and City String Ensemble, led by Sophie Poteratchi – who has also edited the videos which accompany the EP. One of the tracks on the EP features the British actor and singer Richard Shelton, who is now based in L.A. Mike continues, “whilst the pandemic has really affected people’s lives, it has also given us new opportunities such as working with a singer most of the musicians in the band have never met.”
The EP is raising money for the mental health charity Mind, with 50% of the profits going to the charity (with the remaining 50% split between the 35 musicians who contributed to the project). “It was really important for us to support a charity – we discussed various options as a group and decided that Mind, who campaign for better mental health, was a very worthy cause at the current time. The long-term effects of lockdown and social isolation on people’s mental health is uncertain and worrying; mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, and we want to do everything we can to support people who are suffering at the moment.”
The EP will be available to download on Bandcamp from Friday 5th June 2020, and on other online platforms including Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon from Friday 19th June 2020.
About the band;
Down for the Count are a vintage band based in London, UK. They bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life, with an electrifying live show full of incredible energy and musicianship.
Since bursting onto the scene at Twinwood Festival in 2013, Down for the Count have quickly earned themselves a reputation as one of the hardest swinging bands in the UK. They are constantly in demand, regularly selling out shows at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Hideaway Streatham, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Le Caveau de la Huchette (Paris) and The London Jazz Festival.
The band have released three albums to positive reviews, getting airplay on Clare Teal’s BBC Radio 2 show, and have recently released an EP “Lockdown for the Count”, recorded entirely in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The band recreate classic tunes from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Glenn Miller. But this is no mere nostalgia trip – Down for the Count perform each song in their own unmistakeable style, breathing new life into the best vintage music.
Combine that with the band’s top-class instrumental solos, sublime vocal performances, and irresistible humour and joie de vivre, and you get a show that will leave you feeling uplifted and wanting more.
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