Portland, Oregon’s The Upsidedown, called “dreamy and decadent in all the right places” by The Boston Globe, have finished recording and mixing their new album, Human Destination, at The Dandy Warhols’ Odditorium. It will be released digitally on the Dandys’ new label, Beat The World Records.
Childhood friends Jsun Atoms (vocals, guitar, keys, formerly of The Bella Low) and Brett Kron (guitar) had been involved in the Portland music scene since the mid-90s and had always talked about playing together, but it wasn’t until 2003 that they seriously decided to start a band. Finding a cross-national group of transplanted musicians – Matt Moore (guitars, vocals, accordion, harp) and Bob Graham Mild (drums) from Missouri, Tristan Evans (bass, vocals) from Kansas City, KS, and Sarah Jane (keys, vocals, tambourine, ex-The Out Crowd) from San Francisco – the six-piece soon began making a name for itself in the Northwest. The press took notice: The Portland Mercury called them a “diligent band that’s been around the Portland block” and “paid their dues,” Magnet named them a “band to watch,” and they were featured on the 2007 compilation Musicfest NW Vol. 2,along with artists as Spoon, The Thermals, Aesop Rock, and Deerhunter.
With Human Destination, their second full-length, the group is able to truly push, even surpass, the boundaries normally imposed by time and money. At the Odditorium, The Upsidedown found an environment conducive to making a complete, fully engaged record, playful and smart and as energetic as their celebrated live show.
Part of the closely-knit Portland music community, The Upsidedown have performed with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Richard Butler, The Black Angels, Colin Meloy, The Dears, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Walkmen. In the fall of 2008 they’ll be joining labelmates The Dandy Warhols on their full North American tour.