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Retribution Gospel Choir serves as the perfect outlet for Low’s Alan Sparhawk to vent his loud, jamming side. Unlike Low, where everything is turned to muted colors, RGC (which is Low with drummer Eric Pollard filling in for Mimi Parker) specialize in a cathartic guitar pop where feedback is just a note away. Among the shiny six- string attacks rest harmonies that rise and fall like waves crashing to shore. “Your Bird” is heavenly in its balance between Sparhawk’s pop aspirations and his grunge-like thrust. “Workin’ Hard” channels a churning, working-class rock. “Poor Man’s Daughter” recalls the minor-key epics of the early-‘70s prog movement until it climaxes with a guitar whirlwind worthy of Sonic Youth. “’68 Comeback” and “The Last of the Blue Dream” are brief instrumental interludes gone with the flick of a guitar pick. “White Wolf” shades towards a darker side of Foo Fighter’s punk-pop. “Electric Guitar” serves up eight minutes of crushing stoner-rock. “Bless Us All’ ends things on an atmospheric note.

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Another Brilliant Release

RGC comes through again with a great album. 2 is a perfect follow up to their debut. It has a very similar sound, but also allows the band to show off its tight jams a bit (check out "Electric Guitar") And, if you can see them live, don't miss it! They put on an intense, high energy live show. I've seen RGC at least 5 times in concert, and they have never disappointed. I have been a fan of Low (Alan's other main project) for years, and it is so great to see him find another creative outlet like RGC. The careful hooks and instrumentation are still there (just like Low), but this is Alan's chance to let loose and rip it up!


Formed: 2005 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

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...
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