Vic du Monte and the Downshifters are based in Berlin Kreuzberg. They play Garage/Rock/Blues.
Chris Cockrell (voc, harp, guit)
Timm Beier (guit)
Thiemo Deinert (drums)
Sascha Bauer (bass)
Vic du Monte also known as Chris Cockrell grew up in the California desert and began his musical career at the end of the eighties when he formed Sons of Kyuss with school friends John Garcia, Josh Homme and Brant Bjork who went on to become the stoner rock band Kyuss.
After Kyuss he went on to forge his own identity as Vic du Monte fronting a classic desert generator band called Solarfeast.
He relocated to Chicago in the mid-nineties where he lived hard and fast writing a catalogue of rock n roll classics. These songs eventually became standards for his turn of the century act Vic du Monte’s Idiot Prayer, which he formed upon his return to California.
Idiot Prayer quickly began to take hold in Los Angeles building momentum with a series of well-attended live shows resulting in the Prey for the City LP released on Duna Records in 2005. With impending tours, an updated line up and signing with Cargo Records also came the name change from Idiot Prayer to Persona Non Grata. With the exception of a brief stint in 2007 fronting desert band Man Bites Dog, Vic has since been writing, recording and touring his Idiot Prayer and Persona Non Grata releases.
Preforming musicians: Jermeny Jiannoni (drums), Matthew Kistler (guit, lab steel guit), Brandon Belletieri (bass), David Mallchok (bass), James Childs (key, bass, guit, backing vocals), Sargon Dooman (guit, backing vocals), Alfredo Hernandez (drums).
Vic sings, plays guitar, piano and the blues harp. Living in Berlin, Vic du Monte make special appearances and tours through out Europa.
2011 Vic did the off-voice for the fuzzomentary film “Truckfighters“.
2013 Vic also performed bluesharp on Vista Chino´s (Peace) Album on the song “The Gambling Moose”.
2014 April – Vic du Monte and guitarist Timm Beier toured in Italy and performed songs from Idiot Prayer and Persona Non Grata records with other italian musicians. They also performed some new material.
2015 Formed a new “Vic du Monte Berlin Band” and play some gigs in Germany.
2015 September – Vic released a new album with Persona Non Grata – “Pagen Holiday”.
2015 Sep/Oct touring with Vic du Monte’s Persona Non Grata.
2016 play some gigs with the Berlin Vic du Monte Band.
2016 Filmnarrator for the Stonerrock documentary “Lo Sound Desert” by Jörg Steineck
2017 recorded some new stuff with the Berlin Band, now called Vic du Monte and the Downshifters in the Abbey Road Institut Berlin.
2017 October touring with Vic du Monte and the Downshifters in Germany-Switzerland-Italy.