A day at nrmal

This review really shouldn’t exist. I mean this. After Corona Capital, I was pretty much over festivals but the siren call of Low was heed. The rest of the line-up was scrumptious. No excuses to stay indoors, not even the lure of Frank Underwood‘s Shakespearean antics. A peaceful drive through the leafy Calle 10 bode well. All fears of another horde of The Thin and The Trendy … Continue reading A day at nrmal

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The Great Promo Hunt – Best of 2015

2015. We wave goodbye to this year and just like any other before (and after), there were high and lows. This Shithole of a Website (TM) was supposed to close and we are still here, wondering what it all means and when is it really time to call it quits. It’ll be a whimper, not a bang, but that’s a discussion for another day. In … Continue reading The Great Promo Hunt – Best of 2015

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Interview – Actual Wolf

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A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to catch Retribution Gospel Choir at the now defunct The Grapes. Not only were they a fierce live monster, they all were very approachable people. Then I saw Low a year later and lo and behold, the beast behind the drums was on keys. Fast forward to a sampler I downloaded out of pure curiosity from a label called Chaperone Records, which included an Americana tinged band called Actual Wolf which I instantly dug.

30 seconds later, I realise the guy behind Actual Wolf is Eric Pollard, whom I’ve seen in both Retribution Gospel Choir and Low. Thanks to the wonders of social media, I catch up with Eric Pollard in a small apartment in Austin during SXSW 2014 and we talk about life, music and catharsis. Dressed mostly in black, like any modern cowboy should, we talked for a good half an hour.

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Gig review: Low @ Queens Social Club

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It’s probably an oft said remark that Queens Social Club seems stuck in some sort of time/space anomaly. If you ever walked in by the other door, the one that leads to the place where OAPs are happily surrounded by mustard yellow wallpaper, you’ll feel like in something out of Get Carter (or The Italian Job, if you’re more of an optimist). You will also feel a lot of glares.

But the area for gigs, it’s a strange setting; a snapshot to an England that might live more in memories than in the days of tablets and hashtags. It does fit with the live set Low displayed.

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The Insomnia Diaries – Low

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A few years ago, I had a bout of insomnia. Although this wasn’t good for my health, it opened the floodgates to many a band, film, book and show that I’ve never got around to until this. This monthly column will mention a few of these discoveries.

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Musical Rapture

Low and Sleepingdog @ Queens Social Club

The first I heard of Low was in 2005. It was 2 am (another bout of insomnia was doing me in) and ‘Monkey’ came up on MTV Latino. Made me a fan on the spot, with the voices of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker being the hook, line and sinker that sold me the band straight away. With the prospect of seeing them live at the cozy Queens Social Club, expectations where relatively high.

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Album review: Retribution Gospel Choir – ‘2’

In 2008 Alan Sparhawk violently smashed up his guitar during Low’s performance at the End of the Road festival in Dorset, abruptly ending the set with what Sparhawk later attributed to a “crappy day”. Proceding that performance the singer-songwriter formed Retribution Gospel Choir, also featuring Steve Garrington of Low and Eric Pollard on drums, being the triumphant outcome and Sparhawk’s new musical outlet. 2 is … Continue reading Album review: Retribution Gospel Choir – ‘2’

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