“Vintage yet Modern”
Rock’n’Roll spoken here…
The sound of DownTown Mystic is “vintage yet modern”, continuing in the legacy of rockers like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. The music is rooted in all the great traditions of American Rock‘n’Roll, blending storytelling songs with vintage guitars and analog recording into a unique style that owes nods to Buffalo Springfield, The Beatles, CCR, Rockpile and The Rolling Stones but somehow manages to sound as contemporary as anything currently available.
DownTown Mystic is the alter ego of American Rocker, Robert Allen, whose passion for “old school” recording borders on obsession. Robert adds, “I grew up listening to all these great records and their sound and style stayed with me”. Robert is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, including drummer extraordinaire Steve Holley (Paul McCartney/Wings/Elton John/Ian Hunter) & urban legend Paul Page (Dion/Ian Hunter) on bass, as well as one of the great rhythm sections in the history of American Rock’n’Roll–Max Weinberg & Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
2019 saw DownTown Mystic sign a Licensing Deal with Last Man Music in the UK and the release of the Wish EP as a run-up to the Better Day album in 2020. In 2017 the On E Street EP featuring Max Weinberg and Garry Tallent was released via ADA/Warner Music in Europe, with the single Way To Know reaching #1 on the Official European Independent Chart. DownTown Mystic’s 1st release, Standing Still, found critical acclaim overseas in 2011. That album made the Top 25 Euro/Americana Chart, which led to a Licensing Deal in Europe distributed by Sony Music.
Radio has played an important role in the career of DownTown Mystic. It started with veteran tastemaker, Jed The Fish, playing a DownTown Mystic track as his “Catch of The Day” on “World Famous” KROQ in LA, one of the most influential stations in the US. This would be followed by the “Mayor of The Sunset Strip”, legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, playing another track and leading to national airplay.
In 2016 DownTown Mystic released the DownTown Nashville EP and Rock’n’Roll Romantic, the 1st full album since the self-titled DownTown Mystic in 2013. That album spent 10 months on the US Americana Radio Charts, with a #1 single and #3 album on the Roots Music Report Charts. The DownTown Nashville EP, released in the spring, debuted on the Top 5 Most Added on the AMA Radio Chart and became DownTown’s most successful release at Americana Radio. Rock’n’Roll Romantic, released in the fall, would go on to be DownTown Mystic’s most successful US release garnering airplay on over 80 radio stations across 3 formats.
Besides gaining recognition from Radio programmers, the DownTown Mystic Brand has been developing via Sync Licensing with music placed in movies and 200 TV shows, including The Voice on NBC, American Pickers on the History Channel, as well as shows on MTV, USA, CNN, Discovery, National Geographic, TLC, WE TV, GACTV and Destination America. Many of these shows are also broadcast internationally, helping to spread the music of DownTown Mystic around the world.
What they’re saying about Downtown Mystic…
“I have never heard a rock n’ roll band be so relentlessly high-quality, intelligent, thought-provoking, fun and just wonderful to hear; musically solid, and never-ever boring!”…Rick Jamm/JamSphere
“Robert Allen AKA DownTown Mystic, took those old school influences that were planted in his musical soul, tended them with reverence, pollinated them with some fresh melodies and produced a tasty crop of tunes”…Kath Galasso/OnStage Magazine
“an originality and uniqueness of sound that is exclusive to the DownTown Mystic project. Robert Allen and his crew are cutting the line and leading the way in making classic rock new again and they’re doing it with the skills of a veteran and the excitement of a rookie”…Lisa D’Arrigo/IndieMinded.com
“powerful harmonies, great guitar interplay and an overall stellar approach to rock songwriting”…Mike Mehalick/Speak Into My Good Eye
“one of the best albums of the year”…John Shelton Ivany/jsiTop21.com
“give this album a good listen. You won’t regret it”…Dani Heyvaert/Rootstime/Belgium
“gobsmackingly good”…Paul Kerr/Blabber’n’Smoke/UK
“genuine emotions and lots of soul”…Rune Hager/Rootsy/Sweden
“brilliantly conceived piece of musical art”…Rod Ames/ReviewYou.com
“unpretentious spirited music with personality and an endless flow of energy that is simply irresistible”…Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck/MuzikReviews.com
“DownTown Mystic is a real pleasure: a pure sound with a brilliant production and top musicians gives the listener the feeling there is still reasons to hope in Music”…Mike Penard “The DJ” / “American Roots Music”/RadioISA/France
“Who has ever succumbed to the charm of Creedence Clearwater Revival, will love Robert Allen’s DownTown Mystic”…Franz XA Zipperer/Piranha/Germany
“With Robert Allen and DownTown Mystic we are in the field of best crafted rock’n’roll”…Davide Albini/Roots Highway/Italy
“Allen’s influences — Byrds, Beatles, Buffalo Springfield — permeate his guitar-driven songs, adding a retro sound to his more modern Americana leanings”…Dave Curtis/Direct Current
“well-crafted, frill-free country-rock’n’roll”…R2 Magazine UK
“a pretty solid rock n roll album”…Northern Sky UK
“a surprisingly addictive and enjoyable set”…Get Ready To Rock.com UK
“a big hit, with 14 exceptionally strong tracks”…Country Music News Germany
“classic sounding American rock music, this is the Hallmark of the band DownTown Mystic”…Wasser-Prawda Germany
“DownTown Mystic is really remarkable for its sound, a unique combination of R&R, Blues & Country. But a sound is not enough to give a band a reputation. DownTown Mystic has got a good spirit and a good energy . Vocally and instrumentally, DownTown Mystic is a real pleasure: a pure sound with a brilliant producton and top musicians gives the listener the feeling there is still reasons to hope in Music. Listen to this band and you’ll hear a band with a real musical personality; a band that plays with honesty, simplicity, efficiency.” Mike Penard “The DJ” / “American Roots Music” on RadioISA
“Downtown Mystic is a powerful rock band that has the sounds of good old rock and roll. With a hint of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band plus many other great rockers, Downtown Mystic is an uptown band for those who love to rock…” Jeffrey Rubin/BananaPeelRadio
“Down Town Mystic creates real and important soul music. This music is not to be missed and should be a ‘must listen’ for anyone who loves roots and soul music.” Chris Keaton, Keaton Music Ventures
“One of the best albums of the year”…John Shelton Ivany