Brett Petrusek

Downtread

Downtread's music won't necessarily get you into a fight - but it'll sure as hell get you a speeding ticket. Upon first listen, Downtread roars forward with all the subtlety of a supercharged Plymouth Barracuda - the ultimate muscle car - ripping through a residential neighborhood at 3 am.

But behind the big-ass swaggering rock n' roll sound, the Minneapolis band's lyrics offer strikingly thoughtful portraits of vulnerability and self-doubt. "Yeah, these songs are full of dark desperation," admits lead guitarist and vocalist Brett Petrusek, adding with a grin "but it's also a good kind of pain. Hey, if you care enough to feel pain, it means you're still alive and you give a shit."

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