Albany Down

Bedford-based Albany Down are a contemporary rock band with influences ranging from classic acts like Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to more modern bands such as Thunder. They combine a diapason of original songs with contemporary high energy rock.

Albany Down comprises founder member Paul Turley on lead vocals and guitars, Ben Atkins on bass and backing vocals and Pete Hancock on drums and backing vocals. Albany Down have recorded 4 studio albums with multi award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME, Super Furry Animals)

Blues Rock Review offered a fair assessment of their 2011 debut album: “South of the City” is a solid debut album from Albany Down and they will be an interesting band to watch develop in the coming years”. The album clearly showcased what the band are capable of – ranging from the superbly arranged “Mercy” to the low-down dirty, slide-led blues rock epic of the title track. South of the City was also recently awarded “Song of the Decade” by Severn FM at the 2022 Cambridge Rock Festival.

Their formidable second album, “Not Over Yet” released in 2013, is full of strong songs, lingering melodies and great musicianship. It was voted “album of the month” by the independent Broadcasters Association and reached No 2 position in the Radio Caroline top 40 Albums. Traditionally a band’s second album is regarded as being problematical but Albany Down turned that notion on its head.

With the release of their third album “The Outer Reach” in 2016, Albany Down won many new fans touring in the UK and The Netherlands. They were voted winners of the 2016 UK Song Writing Competition for best Rock song (Feeding the Flame) and best Music video and voted No 5 Best Album of 2016 by Blues Rock Review.

Following changes in band member circumstances and the onset of 2 years of Covid/Lockdown, Albany Down have emerged as a stronger, leaner, more efficient Band. Their new 4th Album was recorded at “ROCKFIELD STUDIOS” during 2020/2022. The album will be released in Q2 2023 and will be supported by a full UK Tour. Like previous albums, the new opus builds on the concept of songs having a “trying and failing theme and overcoming adversity” reflecting the times we live in.

With over 12,000 fans on Facebook, fans of Albany Down agree that their live show never disappoints. The band run on pure adrenalin, unrelenting energy and raw emotion and soon have any audience entranced. The music is based on Paul’s unique sound of thunderous – infectious guitar riffs, Ben and Pete’s pounding bass and drums juxtaposed with soulful, soaring, emotionally-charged ballads.