Low + Special Guests Halves, July 10th
- Low + Special Guests Halves, July 10th
- Tue, July 10, 2012
- 19:30 h
- The Button Factory - Dublin
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Explosions in the Sky have cancelled their European tour in July due to the illness of a family member. They will therefore not be able to perform with Low at Vicar Street on July 10th.
Low will now headline a show at the Button Factory on July 10th with special guests Halves.
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New tickets priced €23 will go on sale Friday June 14th 9am
+ special guests Halves
The Button Factory
July 10th, 8pm
Tickets on sale Friday June 14th 9am priced €23 (including booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.ie & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. 0818 719 300 - Republic of Ireland customers 0844 277 4455 - Northern Ireland customers 00353 1 456 9569 - International customer
“Spanning the chilling rock cacophony of Majesty/Magic and warm country stylings woven within Witches and Done, C'mon is an invitation too intriguing not to take up.” – The Guardian
“This intensity and force, despite the stillness, brings a new dimension to Low's sound and makes C'Mon an interesting addition to an already impressive body of work.” The Wire
C’mon is the shortest title of any Low album, which seems fitting, as it also ranks among the most succinct and straightforward entries in their variegated discography. Singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk has even perfected the “elevator pitch” for C’mon: “Recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in an apartment in Hollywood, CA.”
But that brief synopsis hides universes. To get to the heart of this album, we must delve deeper into both halves of the creative journey of C’mon.
Comprised of new material written on and off the road, the ten-song set was recorded in a former Catholic church, aka Sacred Heart Studio (where the band previously crafted 2002’s Trust). Sparhawk says Low deliberately seeks out circumstances that will generate challenges and happy accidents, breaking them out of established patterns. “We like to work in situations where there’s a character, whether that’s the time period or who we’re working with. A lot of times, the space can set that tone.”
In this case, they took advantage of the venue’s high, vaulted ceilings, natural reverb, and audible affinity for organ sounds—bassist Steve Garrington is quite adept on keyboards, too—and group singing. The thunder-crack percussion that peppers the final minute of the slowly unfolding “Majesty/Magic” is just one example of this dynamic in action. Sparhawk and singer-percussionist Mimi Parker already get to enjoy playtime at home with their family, but now that childlike freedom of expression translated into work. “We had toy drums, and boxes, and big, beat-up kick drums laid out everywhere, and were just hitting them in the middle of the room and listening to how it sounded, and using that as accents here and there.” The space also responded especially well to the baritone guitar that resonates throughout the dense and dirty “Witches.” The band further expanded its sonic palette by inviting in outside players, including longtime friend Nels Cline, who contributes lap steel and guitar, and violinist Caitlin Moe (of Trans-Siberian Orchestra).
The trio was also eager to return to a sound closer to how they perform live. “I didn’t want to furrow my brow too much making something ugly, just because I’m sometimes uncomfortable with things being too pretty,” Sparhawk admits. With its jangly guitars and sweet vocal harmonies, opener “Try to Sleep” not only betrays his affinity for the Byrds and ‘80s Paisley Underground acts like Green on Red and Rain Parade, but sets the album’s tone: Warmer, fuller, and more introspective. Whereas 2007’s Drums and Guns railed against the war in Iraq, C’mon feels like a plea for humanity, decency, and common sense in a world gone mad. Sparhawk concurs with that sentiment. “With the last couple of records, we were grappling with something outside of ourselves. This one feels more like, ‘Well, forget all that. I’m looking in your eyes right now, and we need to figure out how to get through the next moment, together, as human beings.’”
C'mon Trailer 1 - watch at http://bit.ly/fNbMkv