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Founded in Medway, UK in 2000

Up-C Down-C Left-C Right-C ABC + Start (later shortened to UpCDownC) is a band formed in Kent, United Kingdom in the year 2000. They started self-releasing their music in 2001 with their first attempt at a debut called 'So.We.Bo'. It was a limited release, but the band never really liked it so the album never had a proper release. After that they self-released and EP called 'Watch With Mother' which was recorded on a 4-track. In 2002 they kept releasing EPs and in 2003 they made their second attempt at a debut which was called 'Taken From The Evil To Come'. This release was a double album with all of the material they've recorded since then (not counting their 'So.We.Bo'). They released several other EPs and a split with Candy Sniper later that year. This is where they started to pick some steam and in 2004 they signed to Tap N Tin. In early 2005 they released their first official 7" single called 'Stand shadowless like silence/Sadako's fury'. After that they went for a live Xfm session with John Kenedy in May and recorded their second single, 'Shallows', which was released in August. Their first official debut was released in October of the same year. After years of polishing their sound the work paid off. Their debut 'And The Battle Is Won' got alot of attention and had rave reviews all around the net and magazines. It also managed to get in many top lists of best Post-Rock album of 2005. In 2006 they went to record their follow-up, 'Embers' which is stated to be released in late 2007.

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And The Battle Is Won
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 And The Battle Is Won by UPCDOWNC album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.51 | 5 ratings

And The Battle Is Won
UpCDownC Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Up-C Down-C's And the Battle is Won finds the band playing a fairly generic brand of post-rock based mainly on the sort of sound established by the likes of Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor, though what they lack in originality they more than make up for in terms of performance and compositional skill. With expert production and sonic quality, the band are able to make best use of their adept command of tone and atmosphere to create epic soundscapes suitable to a film soundtrack. Creating the impression of an apocalypse every bit as terrifying as the foreboding album artwork, the band have crafted an excellent album.
 And The Battle Is Won by UPCDOWNC album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.51 | 5 ratings

And The Battle Is Won
UpCDownC Post Rock/Math rock

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

3 stars A moderately interesting post-rock band from the UK with a clever name (I assume a cheat code for some sort of video game) and a checkered discography. I don’t know much about them and only picked this up because the name struck me.

In some ways these guys remind me a little of Explosions in the Sky, with their heavy use of repetitive guitar progressions and stark but energetic drums, plus these guys add some fairly restrained synthesizers to flesh out their sound a bit. Also like Explosions Up-C have a tendency to sometimes become a bit too repetitive, and that results in an album that runs for more than an hour and a half but doesn’t really need to.

Half the tracks on the album run in the 10-minute plus range, with only the rather inspiring “Comfort me, I've Lost my Heart” meriting such lengthy treatment. The others, and especially “Sadako's Fury” and the closing “I Think about Forever” start off with promising vigor, but after a while I find myself waiting for a breakout arrangement or climax of some sort that never really develops. The term ‘noodling’ comes to mind.

Of the shorter tracks “New Year” is probably the most well-constructed with its gradual ascension into guitar feedback and aggressive percussion followed by a thudding and somewhat depressing letdown. Sort of like the way New Year’s turns out for many of those who celebrate it in liquid fashion.

Back to “Comfort me, I've Lost my Heart”. This is a standout track not only because the repetitive arrangement gets infused with a fair amount of percussive experimentation and synthesized strings; but also because the band doesn’t attempt to overwhelm and instead takes its time building to the inevitable climax, seemingly enjoying the ride for its own sake. I distinctly recall writing a similar description of an Explosions tune a while back. This is a very inspiring and thought-provoking piece of music and saves an otherwise pretty generic album.

There’s not enough material from Up-C available yet to form much of an opinion, but if they can manage to introduce a little discipline in their compositions and avoid sounding like a live jam band in the studio on future releases, I could see them having a bright future in the post-rock world. I’m going to give this three stars for effort and in deference to the fact that it technically represents their commercial debut. Hopefully their next album will be much more impressive, but if you’re into experimental rock and bands like Explosions and Mogwai (although a bit more hopped-up than them) you will probably find these guys worth listening to.


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