Friday, April 19, 2013

Low Release Video To "Just Make It Stop"

The new Low album sounds promising. They also put on a pretty majestic live show, so if you get a chance, do check them out.

Here's the press release for the video premier to "Just Make It Stop"

We’re pleased to share Low’s breathtaking new video for “Just Make It Stop”, the official first clip from the band’s internationally acclaimed 10th album, The Invisible Way out now worldwide on Sub Pop. The video, which has a Life After People-inspired feel, posits the band in various stages of performance, shot in extreme close-up, before organic matter overtakes each frame and harnesses the warmth and frenetic energy of the song. The clip was helmed by veteran director Phillip Harder (Low’s “Words”, “Shame” “Over The Ocean”, “Canada”) and features stop-motion animation from Britta Johnson (Fleet Foxes “White Winter Hymnal”).

We’d also like to take this opportunity to announce that Low has added a handful of US dates to their current tour schedule, in support of The Invisible Way. The band will team up with longtime friend Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing fame) for a short co-headline trip, beginning June 17th in Washington, DC at Sixth & I Synagogue and ending on June 21st in Philadelphia, PA’s World Cafe Live.

The pairing was inspired by a fan’s tweet, who suggested the two pair up for his “dream show”. Both active on Twitter, Low and Mike engaged in the tweet and soon decided it was high time for a rematch as both artists had toured with each other in the past (during Doughty's time with Soul Coughing).

Low frontman Alan Sparhawk says of the pairing: "We are excited to be doing shows this June with our friend Mike Doughty. We first met when his band Soul Coughing brought us on tour years ago. I had heard them. They were like nothing else going on, every piece of the picture was fresh and on the edge - crazy/deep rhythm, samples/noise, word-play and melody. Their influence and friendship over the years has been priceless and dear to us, and Mike's lyrical/vocal grace has always been a level to which I measure and aspire to. The vocal does matter and it can be awesome."

Mike Doughty offers this: "The first time I heard Low, I played before them at CBGB in 1993. I remember leaning up against the wall of the dressing room, behind the stage, and feeling their warm, huge, slow sound vibrating the building. Soon after that, I contacted their producer, Mark Kramer from Shimmy Disc, and made my first solo album, "Skittish," with an explicit mission of replicating the reverbed, dreamy sound of their earliest recordings. Low and Soul Coughing toured together a couple of years after that; we became fast friends, and I remain a massive fan."

As for Low’s aforementioned June dates are preceded by the band’s previously announced European tour, which begins on April 24th in Birmingham, UK at Glee Club and ends on May 18th in Bairritz, FR at Atabal. This includes the sold out show at London’s Barbican Centre on April 30th. Additionally, Low has also three festival dates to mention at this time: June 22nd in North Adams, MA’s Solid Sound Fest; July 20th in Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival; And August 20th in Black Mountain, Wales at Green Man Festival. Please find a full list of tour dates below.

The Invisible Way was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, engineered by Tom Schick and recorded in Wilco’s studio in Chicago, IL, during the fall of 2012. The album finds Low’s majestic melancholy in full bloom yet distinguishes itself with its starker, unadorned soundscapes, layered harmonies and drummer/vocalist extraordinaire Mimi Parker singing lead on five of the 11 songs. The album tackles large issues (“the songs are about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archaeology and love,” says Sparhawk) in a manner that plays a stunning counterpoint to the sublime hush of the music.

Tour Dates

Apr. 24 - Birmingham, UK - Glee Club
Apr. 25 - Manchester, UK - Central Methodist Hall
Apr. 26 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage Gateshead
Apr. 27 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
Apr. 29 - Bristol, UK - Trinity
Apr. 30 - London, UK - Barbican Centre (SOLD OUT)
May 02 - Copehnhagen, DK - Loppen
May 03 - Stockholm, SE- Debaser
May 04 - Oslo, NO - Bla
May 07 - Paris, FR- La Maroquinerie
May 08 - Brussels, BE - Cirque Royal - Nuits Botanique 
May 09 - Amsterdam, NL- Paradiso De Duif
May 10 - Frankfurt, DE- Zoom
May 11 - Bologna, IT - Teatro Antoniano (SOLD OUT) 
May 13 - Barcelona, ES - Casino de la Alianca
May 14 - Valencia, ES - Teatro La Rambleta
May 15 - Zaragoza, ES- Teatro de las Esquina
May 16 - Madrid, ES - Joy Eslava
May 17 - Valladolid, ES - Lava
May 18 - Biarritz, FR- Atabal
Jun. 17 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue*
Jun. 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar*
Jun. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
Jun. 21 - Philadelphia - World Cafe Live*
Jun. 22 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Fest
Jul. 20 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 
Aug. 17 - Black Mountain, Wales - Green Man Festival
*w/ Mike Doughty

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