When they’re not onstage, blistering through their explosive, sonically innovative vibe that’s the ultimate hybrid of alt-rock/metal with edges of rap/rock, Drew “Diode” Madore (vocals, DJ, synth) and Kevin “Cansh” Cansian (bass), the founders of CircleDown, along with Eric “Reebus” Wisely(drums) and Dean Romanelli (guitars) can usually be found hard at work on their music publishing company “SoundGraffiti Publishing LLC.”, writing new songs or watching countless hours of anime and cheesy 80's action and kung-fu movies.
Beyond the usual accolades you might hear from a group on the rise in the region—The Starland Ballroom in Sayerville NJ, The Saint in Asbury Park NJ, Le Grand Fromage in Atlantic City NJ, The House of Blues, The Hard Rock Cafe, Arlene’s Grocery and Don Hills in NYC — CircleDown has a growing legion of metal-hungry fans in Russia, China, Japan and Eastern Europe. Besides using the resource of the internet to grow audiences in exotic places, CircleDown’s percussive alternative sound has become a huge presence on www.uplaya.com, a site that uses algorithms comparing submitted songs to past and present hits to determine which tracks have hit potential.
The band has so far earned two Auddy™ Awards, given to songs that score high. “HalfStep” won the highest honor - Platinum Auddy™ (A Platinum Auddy™ denotes clear mathematical hit potential. The underlying musical patterns of this song are similar to songs that have been hits for a long time.) and “Crash” won a Gold Auddy™ (meaning that the underlying patterns of this song are similar to songs that have become hits in the past). Two other tracks from Mobius, “AshesFalling” and “ReConstitute”, won “Honorable Mentions” and were very close to silver status. CircleDown’s rise is all the more remarkable considering the ongoing drama of arriving and departing guitarists and drummers in the years since the bands inception. The creative puzzle was complete with Dean, whose instant chemistry with the others upon his arrival in 2007 helped propel the group to an exciting new musical level. To reflect the evolving band dynamic and higher level of musicianship, Mobius includes completely new versions of five tracks that were on their 2006 EP Trust No One.