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In just 18 short months, Gainesville, Florida's The Upside has released an EP and full-length cd and played dozens of shows across Florida and the gulf coast with the likes of Less Than Jake, Sparks the Rescue, Every Avenue, The Rookie, Hit the Lights and Whole Wheat Bread.
After a chance Craigslist encounter fueled by alcohol, Maine transplant Shawn Richardson (Lead guitar) and Austin, Texas native Jason Small (Vocals, rhythm guitar) decided to start a band that would play their first love, pop-punk. As a duo they enlisted Less Than Jake's bassist/singer Roger Lima to produce their first record. Featuring prolific Gainesville musician Jake Crown of Rehasher and Coffee Project on drums and Lima on bass, 2011's "Down for the Four Count" EP immediately began garnering the attention of Gainesville fans, promoters and musicians alike, including drummer Logan Fischer and bassist Jose Luis Alonso.
With the lineup in place, the quartet began performing regularly and writing material that would become 2012's full-length album, "It All Feels Like an Ending." Recorded and produced by hometown legend Rob McGregor (Hot Water Music, Against Me!), "Ending" saw The Upside refining their pop-punk attack and embracing a wider range of musical styles and song structures. With tracks influenced by 90's alternative, classic rock and indie, their debut full-length spawned numerous crowd favorites and had audiences singing along on the first listen. 2012 also saw the band branch out of Gainesville and tour independently across Florida and to cities like Houston, Austin and Baton Rouge.
The Upside is nowhere near slowing down and is currently tracking demos of a whole slew of new songs that will be included on their next full-length CD which they plan to self-release on Richardson's own Equally the Same Records in 2013. With their passion, songwriting and audiences all continuing to increase, music fans will surely have no problem looking on The Upside.
Jason Small - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Shawn Richardson - Lead Guitar
Jose Luis Alonso - Bass
Logan Fischer - Drums
"It All Feels Like an Ending" Full-length (2012)
3. Life Goes Off
4. You Dream Too Small
6. An Ending
9. Bluecreek Lane
10. Found Out
"Down for the Four Count" EP (2011)
1. Worst Day
2. Hold On Two
3. Second Nature
4. Green Mustang