Hailing from Minneapolis, Johnny Collier (vocals), Chad Nichols (drums), Nate Rockwell (guitar) and Nick Lombardo (bass) released their debut self-titled album in 2010 and quickly found themselves honing their ferocious craft on the road with bands like Blindside, Project 86, Disciple and The Letter Black, exponentially upping their artistic ante and ambitious songwriting style along the way.
The experience from touring, a new focus on sound and a determination to find out their true potential led Write This Down into the studio in 2012 to write and record their best material yet.
“There’s a huge difference between our two albums, starting with the fact that the first disc was just all over the map and we were still trying to find our identity,” recalls Collier. “With this one, we sat down and consciously decided to have me sing a bit grittier and not so clean, plus we’ve always loved having dual vocals. That turned into me doing a lot of the screaming and [guitarist] Nate [Rockwell] doing the choruses with me singing along. We found our formula on how to work and build our sound, which led to this album having a true identity.”
As it turns out Write This Down’s identity is HEAVY!! Lost Weekend is an explosive collection of songs featuring intricate vocal interplay, massive riffs and towering percussion, thanks in part to production from Pete Stewart, the legendary lead singer/guitarist for alternative rock pioneers Grammatrain. In other words, the project should have no problem falling in line with a diverse influence pool that includes rhythmic heavyweights like Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters and Korn, the dueling vocals of Taking Back Sunday and Brand New, crossed with even the pop/punk stylings of Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy.
And while the band might easily be associated with the likes of the above, their sound and style remains all their own. Amongst Lost Weekend’s raging riffs on tracks like “Crash and Burn,” “See Ya Never,” and “I’ll Make You Famous” Write This Down lyrically inject positive messages in their music that listeners can relate to and which further separates them from the pack.
In the current musical landscape dominated by artificially flavored pop, Write This Down emerge, staying true to their values, their dedicated commitment to their fans and standing tall for heavy rock with one of the hardest hitting albums you’ll hear this year, Lost Weekend.