Left Spine Down
Vancouver, Canada has always had a split musical personality, being home to both electronic/industrial bands such as Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly and bloody-knuckled DIY punks like DOA and SNFU. In Left Spine Down (also known simply as LSD), the two are fused into what LSD calls cyberpunk.
Formed by frontman Kaine Delay and guitarist Matt Girvan and later adding keyboardist Jeremy Inkel of Front Line Assembly, the band has no shortage of sonic firepower. Their sound is catchy yet abrasive, melodic yet fist-pumping, with detailed electronica-style programming and an "eff you" punk attitude.
The band's first EP, 2007's Smartbomb, met with a frenzied reception from fans and critics worldwide. Following on its heels in 2008 was their first full-length release, Fighting For Voltage, both produced by Chris Peterson.
2009 saw the band releasing two remix albums. The first, Voltage 2.3 Remixed & Revisited, featured remixes from legends and big hitters of the industrial scene including KMFDM, Tim Skold, Combichrist, Download, and The Birthday Massacre. The second, Smartbomb 2.3: The Underground Mixes, featured artists such as mind.in.a.box, Dismantled, Cyanotic, Decree, and Helalyn Flowers, just to name a few.
LSD has toured extensively: across Canada with SNFU; and North America with Al Jourgensen's Revolting Cocks in 2009 and again in 2010 with 16volt and Chemlab. 2010 also found a new heavy-hitting drummer joining Left Spine Down, Galen Waling.
As 2010 wound down, Left Spine Down hunkered down to spend the winter in the studio with industrial and alternative mastermind producer Dave "Rave" Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) on a new album, Caution. Caution marks LSD’s debut on electronic powerhouse label Metropolis Records and it will be released in August 2011.
While working on Caution, Left Spine Down released a video for their cover of Joy Division’s "She's Lost Control" to Canada’s MuchMusic in January of 2011, directed by Troy Sobotka. The video’s debut on VampireFreaks.com racked up over 400,000 views in the first two weeks. LSD and Sobotka will pair up again for Caution’s lead video, “X-Ray.”