*This is part of our “Aftershock Festival 2018 Spotlight” where we branch out and focus on some of the up-and-coming bands that fans can see at this year’s Aftershock Festival on October 13th & 14th. This week, we’re checking out The Dose.*
Along with an amazingly jampacked lineup, Los Angeles based, indie-rock duo, The Dose will be appearing onstage at this year’s Aftershock Festival. Metal Nexus recently covered the release of one of their latest singles, “Vervain” which you can check out here. The track is off their upcoming full-length debut album, anticipated for release later this year. Produced by Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) and mixed by Joe Baressi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden), the single is an adrenaline-fueled grunge rocker with a nineties feel that fans of bands like Foo Fighters and Nirvana will surely want to check out.
The band even received a nod from Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr. (who just so happens to be the lead singer/guitarist’s dad), commenting of them on his official Facebook page, “I think these fellas are going places…” With such high praise as this, how can you go wrong?
I think these fellas are going places…
‘Vervain’ music video from The Dose.
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Consisting of Indio Downey (vocals/guitar) and Ralph Alexander (drummer/bassist), The Dose has released one self-titled EP (2016) and spent the last couple years honing their live show skills up and down the West Coast. Originally, formed as a three-piece, they became a two-man operation after original bassist didn’t show one night for a gig, forcing Downey and Alexander to perform by themselves. “We went to Atlanta for a month before we found a way to make it work,” said Alexander who plays bass synth pedals with his foot while drumming. “We wanted to be the biggest sounding two-piece we can be.”
Describing the band’s sound – which is largely inspired by such monumental names as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, and The Sword – Downey comments, “We write love songs and stories about staying positive that are largely influenced by the bands we love.”
If you’re planning to be at this year’s Aftershock Festival, be sure to arrive early to catch The Dose performing as part of the Saturday lineup.
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