DWNTWN is a dreamy synth-pop trio with catchy melodies and glistening electronic production that includes Jamie Leffler (lead vocals), Robert Cepeda (guitar, backup vocals, keyboard), and Jerrod Bettis (drums). The band came to be in the summer of 2010 after Jamie and Robert's brother ended their 5 year relationship. Armed with a freshly broken heart and having been a longtime fan of Robert’s previous band, Jamie approached him to begin writing music together with nothing but an acoustic guitar. Equally influenced and inspired by acts like Johnny Cash and Crystal Castles, they transformed these early folk demos into songs that span genres from pop, electronic, new wave, and Americana. Not long after they recorded these songs they met drummer Jerrod Bettis and began playing live as a trio.
In May of 2012, record label Kitsuné handpicked their track, “See My Eyes” to be included in the Kitsuné America compilation (which debuted #1 on the French electronic chart and top 10 in the US and EU).
DWNTWN’s new four song EP, The Red Room, is available now.
"We’re hooked on the brand new EP from DWNTWN “The Red Room” -SPOTIFY
"...catchy melancholy pop with twinkling electronics that could be sung by thousands during a festival twilight in the near future." -RCRD LBL
"While DWNTWN lacks vowels, the track ("Transition") achieves supersonic consonance, marrying a Top 40 prechorus reminiscent of Sky's "ONE" with an ethereal chorus flaunting ice cold synths that sound as if they crash landed from the uncharted planet of M83." -NEON GOLD RECORDS
“See My Eyes” is a work of synth-pop precision, dreamy but not delirious, breathy but not breathless, sweet but not oversaturated." -BUZZ BANDS LA
“They know how to create atmospheric tunes that come with rich glistening pop sensibilities. The group's beautifully-crafted "Transition," an escapist dance jam that is filled with shimmering synths and a subtle dance pulse that will move you. Highly recommended.” - ARJAN WRITES