360 1/4 Degrees was recorded & mixed by Blair Calibaba (NomeansNo, Propagandhi, Heart) at Lemonloaf Studios in Vancouver BC.
Melding melodic and heavy guitars with sparse drumming and dynamic vocals creates a solid roster of reflective and heart swelling songs that the listener cannot help but be enveloped.
Gaining experience in bands New Years Resolution, The Skinjobs and Queazy gave LL the knowledge to record the first studio album for down the lees, 360 1/4 Degrees. Taking on the roles of writer, performer and producer proved to be quite the challenge.
Not only do the songs provide a glimpse into the artists psyche but they also take you on a ride from sentimental heartbreak to full on rock on revenge.
Terminal City Weekly says "...instrumentation on this recording is what keeps these nine songs interesting for me...adding acoustic guitar, piano and even drum machine - provides the guitar-centric sound with contract and dynamic..."Boy or girl" - a passionate piano ballad that confronts vs. identity - poetics [that] are earnest and heartfelt. The best thing about this solo effort, like those from Sunny day's Jeremy Enigk and BtS's Doug Martsch, is that it has the potential to dually impress fans of LL's past and present bands, as well as non-fans and unfamiliars alike (both of whom will likely be converts before to long)"
Red Cat Records "...I went to see their CD release show last weekend, it wasn't totally on purpose as I was mostly there to see the two other bands on the bill and felt as though I was in one of those win/win situations with Down The Lees... if they were good; great... if they weren't so good, at least I could use their set to step outside for a smoke, buy some beer, go to the bathroom and yak with my fellow concert goers in my usual self absorbed too cool for school hipster way. Let me say that I didn't smoke, pee or talk during their set. Well, that's not entirely true, I did talk to my buddy... and we were saying stuff like, "this band is fucking great". If you like where Slint was coming from, you're gonna really like Down The Lees."
Kicks Magazine "...good for sitting around, drinking coffee, and watching the food channel on mute. I really like this one, like ninety-percent of my being, like."