DOWNTOWN City Gardens are a five piece from Bournemouth that has firmly established themselves across the south west. The group studied music together in their hometown, before moving around the country for further studies and work.

Having supported the likes of Toploader, bandmembers Geoff Shaw, Jonny Howell, Alex Vine, Pete Lawrance and David Howell have received plenty of praise from the music press and record industry. 

The winners of our Unsigned track of the week, Crying For Another Time is a glorious slice of jangly indie.

Lead guitarist Jonny Howell told 24Seven: “We wrote it ages ago and it has a real feel-good factor. It’s very new wave with a Smithsy guitar line and it’s just a complete song that gets people grooving.”

For a young band, Downtown City Gardens cite an array of older musical influences that belie their age.

“We’ve have so many influences such as The Smiths, The Cure and Roxy Music. It’s an older sound, but it’s what we want to hear and we make music to enjoy ourselves,” added Jonny.

This year looks set to be an exceptionally exciting time for the band with the imminent release of their second EP Truth.Love.Culture. Recorded with Skip Curtis at Giant Wafer studios in Wales, the band have developed a new sound and attitude that can be heard on recent tracks Tuck Me In and Call Me.

“We’ve got a decent set of tracks with a more mature sound. We spent more time writing and recording. We’ll see what happens, we’re happy with the music we’re making at the moment and are playing some really great shows. That’s what it’s all about and we’re lucky to have such a loyal fan base.”

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