Denver's Downtied wasn't playing games when they introduced their aggressively thought-provoking and textured style.
Downtied, featurijng Robert Jepsen (drums), Cameron Burris (guitar) and Dustin Griboski (bass), was/is a dynamic force to be reckoned with and a shear challenge to more than the local scene. Downtied would represent a dual reference to how every human being is tied down to basic instinctual emotions and societal norms. While Downtied's diverse music could be related to the varied emotions of individual entities, the band wanted people to rise above the mundane and trite expectations that are spoon-fed like breakfast cereal.
Although not yet signed, Downtied is determined to put out their first full-length CD in 2006.
The seeds of Downtied were first planted in 2002, when Burris' and Jepsen's first band, Oxygen Thieves, broke up. With music coursing through their veins, the two were destined to search out a bassist and lead singer. After months of putting up flyers and advertisements, along came Griboski, who played stand up bass with the Aurora Symphony and several local universities. He also played a show with Denver-based Dotsero at Jazz@Jack's. Burris, Jepsen and Griboski formed Downtied in August of 2003 and played severalshows as an instra-metal trio, including three Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) venues in Denver: the Gothic Theatre, the Ogden Theatre and the BlueBird Theater. Downtied takes inspiration from progressive rock and metal bands of the '90s, including: Tool, Pantera, Deftones, Mudvayne and Rage Against The Machine. While inspired by such prominent rock and metal icons, Downtied fuses their inspirations with traditional genres like jazz and classical. Downtied has shared the stage with other local acts like Switchpin, Ransom and Aggressive Persuasion, to name a few. They have also scored the original soundtrack for Baby Hunter 2, part of Spike and Mikes Twisted Festival of Animation 2003, which was shown throughout the U.S., Canada and most of Europe. In June of 2005, Downtied went live with KBPI's Uncle Nasty for an interview and airtime. Downtied was recently interviewed by YourHub.com, a Web site and print section of the Rocky Mountain News, and published in four of the paper's local editions Denver, North Aurora, South Aurora and Highlands Ranch. Downtied also won two battle of the bands, even as an instra-metal band.
Several members of the band have professional leanings with Burris, who has been shredding strings for nine years, took guitarlessons from a professional jazz and classical guitarist and received direction from his father, John Burris, who owned music studios, produced many local acts and recorded Big Head Todd and the Monsters. His uncle, Kirk Burris, was in many local bands that toured nationally. Both familial influences taught him true love and appreciation of music as an art form throughout his entire life. Rather than hog the stage, Burris accentuates all the other band members so they equally stand out. His influences include Wes Borland (Black Light Burns), Adam Jones (Tool), Tim Mahoney, Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Greg Tribett (Mudvayne), Jim Ro ot and Mick Thompson (Slipknot).
Griboski utilizes his influences on bass from the likes of Justin Chancellor (Tool), Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne), Victor Wooten and Jaco Pastorius, and analyzes the guitar pieces in four-part harmony while using chordal, modal strategies to form a solid homophonic texture of sound. He also currently plays in the top ensemble at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Jepsen has dedicated five years to playing the drums, and takes inspiration from and absorbs the best aspects of high-profile drummers Danny Carey (Tool), Matt McDonough (Mudvayne) and Carter Beuford (Dave Matthews Band). He writes what he natur ally feels is right for each individual song, without prodding specific formulas.
Burris, Griboski and Jepsen all are pursuing bachelor's degrees in music performance at the University of Colorado at Denver. Downtied are determined to become a household name and will settle for nothing less than staying true to their sound.