“Spot”light on Down Monday – Interview with John Ryan

“Spot”light on Down Monday – Interview with John Ryan

There’s a new band in town making quite an impression, with last years winner of the Hartford Advocates Grand Band Slam for singer and songwriter at the helm John Ryan. Backed up by some of the members of Zoom, their new self-titled CD is sure to find it’s way on to some top ten lists by the end of the year.

The 2nd track from the album ”Say” was featured on 104.1 late last year and can be heard in the background during the middle of this interview with John last night along with “Better Than Love” and ending with “More Than Beautiful” , which I find to be the most moving among the 8 tracks on the CD.

John was driving around like a pizza delivery guy but instead of pizzas he was delivering CDs. We threw this quick interview together last night in the LBR studios. We talk a little about the origins of the band and about the feel of the new album and some upcoming shows.


Down Monday will be playing the following shows, including a benefit this Sunday with Fight The Fear who will be a guest tonight on Scene Queen lsg. Here is a partial list of their upcoming shows:

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012 - Benefit for Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng.  THE RED DOOR, 675 Main Street Watertown, Connecticut. www.reddoormusic.com. For more details and set time go to www.facebook.com/DownMonday and click on EVENTS!!

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 – DM CD RELEASE PARTY!!  UP OR ON THE ROCKS, 50 Union Place Hartford, CT. www.uporontherocks.com More details coming soon……

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 – DM Opens for TRAPT.  COLOSSEUM NIGHTCLUB, 180 Pine Street – Providence, RI.  More details coming soon…..


Rock; Hard Rock; Alternative

John Ryan (Vocals); Alan Dembiczak (Guitar); Paul Pedro (Drums); Jamie Collazo (Guitar); Joe DeRomiso (Bass)

Hartford, CT

Record Label
Moomba Studios

Down Monday (DM) was formed in the summer of 2009 and they began writing and recording songs fusing together their different styles. Then in the summer of 2010 they hooked up with Producer Mike Patzig of Moomba Studios in New Milford, CT, where they began writring and recording their debut album. DM is growing stronger with each passing minute…. check it out for yourself!!

Current Location
DOWNMONDAY, LLC, 581 Griswold Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033

General Manager
John Ryan

Nickelback, Three Days Grace, Deftones, Breaking Benjamin, Lifehouse, Matchbox 20, Tool, Rush, Pantera, Papa Roach and Many More!!!

Band Interests
Long heart-felt walks on the beach………


Press Contact
Jamie Collazo

Michael Lawson2nd Opinion Technology

Self-employed super geek by day (http://www.2ndot.com)  and videographer for the locally famous by night, as well as blogger, editor and publisher for Local Band Review.

On a whim Michael and co-founder Greg Flint created the business plan for Local Band Review on a bar napkin with the mission statement of ”Get into shows free and work for beer”, but this was just the beginning.  Local Band Review has grown to be one of the biggest independent music centric blogs in Connecticut with weekly articles, first rate band videos and excellent photography.

Michael started his video career in high school filming sporting events on reel to reel videotape with about 125lbs of video gear. After breaking several cameras, Michael then decided to expand his skills by breaking computers for a living. He has been successfully self-employed as a high level technical consultant, programmer and network design guru since 1994. Michael is also a collector of all kinds of technology and musical devices and will eventually end up on an episode of Hoarders.

Never losing his love for music or video and sadly missing the real MTV Michael decided to start stalking and filming local musicians in 2009. The Local Band Review YouTube channel continues to grow and is heavily used by the bands, promoters and venues to spotlight Connecticut’s local music scene.  Later in 2009 Michael started the Local Band Review Fan Page which continues to gain fans on a daily basis, and is one of the most active local fan pages relating to music on Facebook.

In the summer of 2011 it was evident that Local Band Review needed to finally get its act together and create the Local Band Review website.  With the help of all the people listed on this website, it has been an unqualified success. Still not satisfied and always looking for new ways to promote music Michael then started a video streaming channel on UStream which features longer format shows with interviews and live performances with such shows as Scene Queen lsg and  Forgotten Footage.

So how’s the getting into shows free and beer gig going? Well if you consider the amount of work to get those benefits not too well in monetary terms, but wouldn’t give it up for the world. Thanks for all the support from the bands, musicians, venues, contributors and finally our fans and viewers, without you this wouldn’t of been possible.

Mike’s Stuff on LBR: http://www.localbandreview.com/author/Michael/


One Responseto ““Spot”light on Down Monday – Interview with John Ryan”

  1. Great interview… Johnny- drive your ass down to Branford! ;)