Lower

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  • Seek Warmer Climes - OLE-1066 - 2014-06-17

Biography

Lower make intense music. Seek Warmer Climes, the

Copenhagen quartet’s debut album, sparkles with the harmonic

dissonance and high-strung urgency of their underground music

forebears. But Lower ­– Adrian Toubro (vocals), Simon Formann

(guitar), Kristian Emdal (bass) and Anton Rothstein (drums) – also

channel the romance and drama of great singer-songwriters, from

late-period Scott Walker to Bryan Ferry. The result is a hugely

ambitious and affecting rock album that enters deeply personal and

unusual sonic and topical spaces.

Certainly, you don’t have to dig deep to hear how far Lower’s music

sits from the traditional concerns of modern rock music. Toubro’s

lyrics are finely wrought emotional dramas that, in their poetic

construction and raw honesty of delivery, gesture to the music

of Walker or Leonard Cohen. As inspirations he cites Cornelis

Vreeswijk, the half Dutch, half Swedish troubadour whose coarse

language and fascination with low society shocked the conservative

listeners of the day, and filmmaker John Cassavetes, who made his

movies about “real people with real issues”. Similarly, "Lost Weight,

Perfect Skin" and "Unkempt And Uncaring" gaze unflinchingly

at a troubled inner life: the problems of vanity and vulnerability,

of suffocating lethargy and men who wear their bravado like a

mask. “Every song on the record deals in some way with personal

development, be it emotional or cosmetic,” says Toubro. “How to act

in different social contexts, and to acclimatize oneself into a given

situation without losing face.”

The extraordinary seven minute-long centerpiece of the

album, "Expanding Horizons (Dar Es Salaam)," tells of Toubro’s

voyage to Tanzania to work at an orphanage in 2009. Setting out with

romantic fantasies of changing the world, he found himself alienated

by the religious zeal of the dominant missionaries, and went travelling

in Africa, where he narrowly escaped a kidnapping in the city of Dar

Es Salaam. A document of inner turmoil, here is what happens when

youthful idealism meets an uncertain, hostile world: “We travel far/

Expand our horizons/But in the process I see/That no horizon will

ever benefit me…” Bathed in the cello work of Julie Kühn Riegels and

Cæcilie Trier

The striking cover art of Seek Warmer Climes is a photograph shot

by Emdal, who has directed visual material for a lot of Copenhagen

groups (he also directed the Vår video ‘In Your Arms (Final Fantasy)’

and took the photo of a hunting falcon that adorns Iceage’s ‘You’re

Nothing.’ It's one of several connections between the band and

the Copenhagen underground. They are members of other bands

including Age Coin, Olymphia, Vår, Marching Church, Sexdrome and

more.

All of these projects are an expression of something personal, but in

Lower, the four approach something fundamental. “Lower is who we

are and what we do. Though making a living and getting by require us

to engage elsewhere, this is what we identify ourselves as – an outlet

for whatever you might experience through logistic and practical

engagements: joy, aggression, defeat and success. The ambition is

to express the internal and external influences that make a human,

to the truest degree possible. This being our truth, one ambition as

well is to function as a group – being able to help, listen, live and work

together, to take something away from being Lower. Something that

is real and relates to the hard-knit relations that make up life. It is also

very important to constantly expand and evolve. Stagnancy is for the

lazy.”

News From The Matablog

VIDEO : Lower – “Daft Persuasion”



Lower are back on the road (this time with Merchandise), playing shows across the US and Canada through mid-October. Before they took off they made a new music video for "Daft Persuasion" off debut album Seek Warmer Climes. Watch the band-directed video above. It premiered this morning on Stereogum. (Note: viewers in Germany can click here)



(photo by Linn Heidi Stokkedal)

Listen to “Lost Weight, Perfect Skin” here
Watch a performance of “Bastard Tactics” here

Buy Seek Warmer Climes from Matador or iTunes.

Tour dates

Thursday, September, 25 – Sister, Albuquerque NM
Friday, September, 26 – 51 West, Tempe AZ
Saturday, September, 27 – Echoplex, Los Angeles CA
Sunday September, 28 – Kensington Club, San Diego CA
Tuesday September, 30 – The Catalyst Atrium, Santa Cruz CA
Wednesday, October, 1 – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Friday, October, 3 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Saturday, October, 4 – Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sunday October, 5 – The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, October, 8 – The Aquarium, Fargo ND
Thursday, October, 9 – Triple Rock, Minneapolis MN
Friday, October, 10 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, October, 11 – The Luminary Center for the Arts, St Louis MO
Sunday, October, 12 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Tuesday, October, 14 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, October, 15 – Wrongbar, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday, October, 16 – House Of Targ, Ottawa ON, Canada
Friday, October, 17 – La Vitrola, Montreal QC
Saturday, October, 18 – Great Scott, Boston MA

Europe
Friday October 31 - Music Box, Lisbon, Portugal
Saturday November 1 -  Soy Festival, Nantes, France
Sunday November 2 - Primavera Club, Barcelona, Spain

Lower: Tour with Merchandise Begins tomorrow in Austin with a Show at Red 7 and In-Store at End of An Ear



Tomorrow Lower will begin touring the US and Canada supporting Merchandise with an in-store at Austin's End of An Ear with Rat Column (flyer and details above). This is the band's second visit to North America this year and first since 'Seek Warmer Climes' has been released.

Tuesday, September, 23 – Red 7, Austin TX
Wednesday, September, 24 – Padres, Marfa TX
Thursday, September, 25 – Sister, Albuquerque NM
Friday, September, 26 – 51 West, Tempe AZ
Saturday, September, 27 – Echoplex, Los Angeles CA
Sunday September, 28 – Kensington Club, San Diego CA
Tuesday September, 30 – The Catalyst Atrium, Santa Cruz CA
Wednesday, October, 1 – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Friday, October, 3 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Saturday, October, 4 – Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sunday October, 5 – The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, October, 8 – The Aquarium, Fargo ND
Thursday, October, 9 – Triple Rock, Minneapolis MN
Friday, October, 10 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, October, 11 – The Luminary Center for the Arts, St Louis MO
Sunday, October, 12 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Tuesday, October, 14 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, October, 15 – Wrongbar, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday, October, 16 – House Of Targ, Ottawa ON, Canada
Friday, October, 17 – La Vitrola, Montreal QC
Saturday, October, 18 – Great Scott, Boston MA










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LOWER: UK/EU TOUR STARTS THIS SATURDAY IN LONDON