We are very pleased to announce that Officer Down have joined the TNS family! We have known these guys for a long time and have always been massive fans. We can’t wait to work more closely with them on their upcoming album. If you haven’t come across them already, their sound is fast-paced punk rock with melodic choruses and a hint of skate punk. As with so many of the TNS bands, they are very active in supporting the scene through their own EHC Records and through EHC Screen Printing.
They are a perfect fit with the TNS principles and what we try to achieve with our label. We’re sure that you will love their music and ethos as much as we do. Officer Down are off on tour in North America in May and Europe later in the summer. As you would expect, they are playing across the UK most weekends so if you haven’t had a chance to catch them live you will have plenty of opportunities this year. Head to their website to check out all of the tour dates. Also, make sure you head to Facebook to keep up with the latest Officer Down news.
The super ‘Thrown To The Water’ album was released collectively by a few labels in 2011. Have a listen to it above on bandcamp. You can also grab a copy from the TNS distro. If you are in the TNS Download Club, you received a copy of the album sent directly to your inbox on Thursday. Missed out? Well sign up and get a free download next month.
A bit of history… Officer Down are a melodic punk/hardcore band from Evesham UK, formed in February 2005. For the first year, the boys were locked away writing material. 10 of these tracks went on to become ‘Led By Lies, Christians & Money’ which was recorded by current bass player, Shay, and released on EHC Records in 2006. To support the record they played a few shows around the UK and set up a mini tour of Ireland. In 2007, they traveled to Latvia to play Zvera Fest and hit the studio to record tracks for ‘Tent City Records’ (home of such bands as Choking Victim/The Foamers etc). This was released in the form of a 2xCD split with Mad Conductor/Suicide Bid/Atrocity Solution/Public Serpents the following year. ‘Time To Break Your Fall’ from this CD received airplay on the BBC Radio 1 Punk show a number of times.
In 2008, they supported the release of ‘When The Bombs Drop’ playing everywhere and anywhere with UK and European tours. They played in Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg as well as UK shows most weekends, all whilst holding down jobs and finishing uni. That year they also played Rebellion festival and City Invasion with bands like Agnostic Front and US Bombs. They were also offered shows with the mighty ‘As Friends Rust’ on their reunion tour and with one of their biggest influences ‘Strike Anywhere’.
2009 hit them in the face. Rebellion asked them back to play again and they were gigging most weekends. The highlights were supporting ‘Leftover Crack’ and a few shows with ‘Star Fucking Hipsters’, as well as another European tour for themselves. In
2010 they released the ‘What It Takes’ EP on itunes (the tracks from the ‘When The Bombs Drop’ comp) and started writing material for the next album. They hit the studio once again in 2011 and recorded their first official studio album. The Track ‘Bleed It Dry’ was used as part of a Split 7″ with label mates ‘The Infested’, which came out shortly before the album ‘Thrown To The Water’ which was recorded by Dave Draper. To support the album, Officer Down embarked on their third European tour and hit Germany for the first time. At the end of 2011, the band took a hiatus to focus on their careers.
At the start of 2013 they made the decision to fire up the band. After practicing for 6 months they played their first show in just under 2 years. More recently, they headed into the studio to write and record their latest album. Now, in 2014, they have tours lined up in both the USA and Europe, with gigs up and down the UK keeping them busy at home. Keep your eyes peeled for the new Officer Down album coming soon to TNSrecords.
OFFICER DOWN ARE:
Gammon – Guitars | Vocals
Shay – Bass | Vocals
Niall – Drums | Vocals