2004-5 Lineup: Ray Oropeza - Vocals, Christopher Lee - Drums, Rico Villasenor - Bass, and Brian Schwager - Guitars.
2002 Lineup: Ray Oropeza - Vocals, Christopher Lee - Drums, Rogelio Lozano - Bass, and Roy Z - Guitars.
2000 Lineup: Ray Oropeza - Vocals, Rogelio Lozano - Guitars, James Morris - Bass, Chris Hamilton - drums, and Brian Schwager - Guitars.
Original Lineup: Ray Oropeza - Vocals, Rogelio Lozano - Guitars, Christopher Lee - Drums, James Morris - Bass, and Brian Schwager - Guitars.
Founded in Los Angeles in the late 80's as part of the thriving hardcore scene, downset. has evolved into an icon of sorts. As the original blenders of rap, funk, hardcore, punk, metal, and socially aware lyrics, they drew influences from Black Flag to Black Sabbath, Public Enemy to Bob Marley.
Originally under the name Social Justice the band was doing something new and quickly became a huge draw when they caught the attention of Mercury/PolyGram Records, releasing their self-titled debut in 1994 and they helped pave the way for the hip-hop/metal explosion of the late 90's.
In 1996 the band delivered ìDo We Speak A Dead Language?î and tore up the festival circuit including Reading and Roskilde, touring over 25 countries, as well as a deserved spot on the inaugural run of Ozzfest.
As efforts for their third album became frustrating due to contractual entanglements from its labels merger with Universal, the band underwent internal changes and in October 2000
downset. returned with a new label (Epitaph) and new album Check Your People. Tearing up the main stage on the Tattoo the Earth Tour alongside Slipknot, Hatebreed, Slayer, Mudvayne and Sevendust, the Massive Distortion stage at P3, as well as jaunts with Soulfly, Fishbone, and Metallica, helped reconfirm the bands place among the metal elite and increased their rabid, ever-growing fan-base.
The band released 11 blistering self-produced songs for their fourth album, Universal, released in June of 2004 on Seattle-based Hawino Records which brought them on the Projekt Revolution tour with Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, KoRn and others; as well as a lengthy headlining tour of Europe and the UK in 2005.
downset. are geared and primed with vigor to return to the top of the amalgamated world they created 2 decades ago, as the latest touring endeavor showcases the uncompromising anger and gritty reality downset. fans have come to expect.
The new band line up consists of Neil Roemer (vocals), Rogelio Lozano (guitar), J.D. Manhart (bass) and Chris Lee (drums) and they have been in the studio perfecting their unique assault of rap/rock fusion and pounding street anthems. The band just released their new song entitled Forgotten, which features Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, and George Lynch of Dokken/Lynch Mob.
downset. is one of the pioneers of hardcore, punk & hip hop. Catch them live on tour in 2013!