I like the band Low for many reasons, but I will share a couple of the most obscure ones.
For one: Mim and Alan Sparhawk are Mormons, which is a religion that I've actually spent some time with. Not in the church itself, but in researching in as I used to live minutes away from Nauvoo, Illinois, so it's a part of my own history in some respects. I even had the rare privilege of being allow in one of their newly completed temples once, which is something that even some members of the church never get to do.
Without getting too sidetrack, the Mormon history is very strange, and to have a couple of its members in a band like Low is equally strange.
I like that aspect of them.
The second reason is that they are neighbors to the north of us here in Iowa, which means that they must deal with the same-even harsher winters than we do and they are part of the Midwest polite conglomerate is reassuring.
I'm tired of Chicago, Minneapolis, hell even Omaha getting all the attention when it comes to hip alternative nation bands.
Give Duluth some!
True story: I once had a dream where I booked Low for a concert in Nauvoo, Illinois and only about 50 people came. I felt bad for them, but had excellent visibility.
Speaking of Low in concert:
"Beginning April 10th, Sub Pop recording artists Low will serve as main support for the first 12 dates of Death Cab for Cutie’s upcoming North American spring tour. These dates will bring the bands to intimate venues and historic theaters across much of the United States, as Death Cab for Cutie performs with San Francisco’s innovative Magik*Magik Orchestra. Low was specially selected by Death Cab for Cutie as main support for these dates.
Low are touring in support of their 2011 release, C’mon, which was recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in Hollywood, CA with producer Matt Beckley working alongside the band. C’mon received warm accolades from such places as: SPIN, Blurt, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Washington Post, and NPR, who had this to say about their latest release:
Lush and beautiful in its simplicity…Longtime fans who've lived with Low will no doubt appreciate the return to form, while newcomers ought to fall in love with these songs and want to dig into the rest of the band's 18 years of passionate restraint.
Alan Sparhawk describes C’mon simply as: “Warm, pretty, large like Nashville without the country. Mim and I are talking to each other in the lyrics, sometimes it's not pretty, but it's as honest as love.”
See below for a full list of tour dates. For more information on Low please visit here."
w/ Death Cab for Cutie:
04/10/12 Denver CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
04/11/12 Omaha NE @ Omaha Music Hall
04/13/12 Louisville KY @ Louisville Palace
04/14/12 Grand Rapids MI @ Covenant Fine Arts Center / Calvin College
04/15/12 Milwaukee WI @ Riverside Theatre
04/16/12 Chicago IL @ Chicago Theatre
04/19/12 Toronto ON @ Massey Hall
04/20/12 Montreal QC @ St Jean Baptiste Church
04/21/12 Boston MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center / Wang Theatre
04/23/12 Providence RI @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium
04/24/12 Buffalo NY @ Kleinhan's Music Hall
04/25/12 Philadelphia PA @ Tower Theatre