10 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Retribution Gospel Choir serves as an alter-ego for Low’s Alan Sparhawk. Where his established group delivers slow, haunting, often ethereal, otherworldly meditations, Retribution Gospel Choir turns up the amplifiers and provides Sparhawk with an outlet for his aggressive side. Produced by Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek, the album centers around thick, trudging guitar tones and an emphasis on the inner workings of this trio’s dynamic chemistry. Drummer Eric Pollard may not be Keith Moon, but he’s unafraid to let loose with canonistic drum rolls that fire things from behind. Yet, Sparhawk never loses the pop thread either. “Take Your Time” plays it dirty, but Sparkhawk’s vocals reach for the skies, with a hummable melody that rises in exultation as the pressure mounts. “Breaker” and ”Somebody’s Someone” feature solid harmonies and hair-raising guitar leads that resemble what Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young might have sounded like if Young had held all of the cards. At only 30 minutes, RGC features no extended jams or self-indulgence, just quick, pure energetic tunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Retribution Gospel Choir serves as an alter-ego for Low’s Alan Sparhawk. Where his established group delivers slow, haunting, often ethereal, otherworldly meditations, Retribution Gospel Choir turns up the amplifiers and provides Sparhawk with an outlet for his aggressive side. Produced by Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek, the album centers around thick, trudging guitar tones and an emphasis on the inner workings of this trio’s dynamic chemistry. Drummer Eric Pollard may not be Keith Moon, but he’s unafraid to let loose with canonistic drum rolls that fire things from behind. Yet, Sparhawk never loses the pop thread either. “Take Your Time” plays it dirty, but Sparkhawk’s vocals reach for the skies, with a hummable melody that rises in exultation as the pressure mounts. “Breaker” and ”Somebody’s Someone” feature solid harmonies and hair-raising guitar leads that resemble what Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young might have sounded like if Young had held all of the cards. At only 30 minutes, RGC features no extended jams or self-indulgence, just quick, pure energetic tunes

TITLE TIME
3:41
4:06
2:06
2:56
3:33
2:59
2:22
2:10
4:06
2:14

About Retribution Gospel Choir

Retribution Gospel Choir debuted in 2005 as primarily a live enterprise spearheaded by two seminal masters of spare, quiet indie rock, Low's Alan Sparhawk and Mark Kozelek of the Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon. A series of enthusiastically received tours found the two guitarists reveling in the opportunity to rock out far more than they ever did their main bands, unleashing sludgy, classic rock-infused riffage and squalling simultaneous solos, and covering of the likes of Neil Young and the Rolling Stones. By the time the group got around to releasing their self-titled debut in March of 2008, following and reprising material from a pair of looser, jammier tour EPs, they'd shrunk from a quartet to a trio, including two out of three members of Low (Sparhawk and bassist Matt Livingston) along with drummer Eric Pollard of Duluth band No Wait Wait. Kozelek, though no longer a member of the group, served as producer for the album and released on his own Caldo Verde imprint. ~ K. Ross Hoffman

Songs

Albums

Listeners Also Played