10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Copenhagen’s Lower run on the same tightly wound emotional energy that drives bands like Xiu Xiu—especially on the fraught, exciting opening track, “Another Life.” There's a reason for that; singer Adrian Toubro is an admirable young soul whose conscience once took him to do service work in Africa. There he came within a hair’s breadth of being kidnapped, resulting in no small amount of questioning and introspection. Here, the quartet’s foray into classic, clanging postpunk unease is spot on. Occasional guitar tones conjure the dark, bristling angst of bands like PiL and Toiling Midgets, but with an undercurrent of hardcore punk. Lyrically, punk’s wry and acerbic roots are also at work: “Should I be shocked to the core/By your rigmarole/Your snivelling narration?” The seven-minute “Expanding Horizons” is not, as one might expect, an unnecessary indulgence; it's a powerful exorcism. Seek Warmer Climes isn’t the musical escapism its name implies, but it's indeed a journey.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Copenhagen’s Lower run on the same tightly wound emotional energy that drives bands like Xiu Xiu—especially on the fraught, exciting opening track, “Another Life.” There's a reason for that; singer Adrian Toubro is an admirable young soul whose conscience once took him to do service work in Africa. There he came within a hair’s breadth of being kidnapped, resulting in no small amount of questioning and introspection. Here, the quartet’s foray into classic, clanging postpunk unease is spot on. Occasional guitar tones conjure the dark, bristling angst of bands like PiL and Toiling Midgets, but with an undercurrent of hardcore punk. Lyrically, punk’s wry and acerbic roots are also at work: “Should I be shocked to the core/By your rigmarole/Your snivelling narration?” The seven-minute “Expanding Horizons” is not, as one might expect, an unnecessary indulgence; it's a powerful exorcism. Seek Warmer Climes isn’t the musical escapism its name implies, but it's indeed a journey.

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About Lower

Caustic Danish punk band Lower were formed in 2009 by drummer Anton Rothstein and vocalist Adrian Toubro, who enlisted guitarist Simon Formann and bassist Kristian Emdal, completing their shrill and angry sound spawned from '80s hardcore, no wave, and early American underground indie. Following a demo tape and several 7"s and EPs (including a 2013 split 7" with their equally aggressive post-hardcore contemporaries Iceage), Lower signed with Matador for the release of their 2014 debut full-length, Seek Warmer Climes. ~ Fred Thomas

ORIGIN
Copenhagen, Denmark
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2009

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