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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


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


News From The Matablog


This Saturday, Lower begin a round of sounds across the UK and EU, starting in London at Visions Festival (Perfume Genius also on the bill).

Saturday, August, 2 – Visions Festival – London UK

Sunday, August, 3 – The Hope – Brighton UK
Monday, August, 4 – Sunflower – Birmingham UK
Tuesday, August, 5 – Broadcast – Glasgow SCT
Wednesday, August, 6 – Castle – Manchester UK
Thursday, August, 7 – ØYA Festival – Oslo, NO (SOLD OUT)
Friday, August, 22 – Flux Festival – Aarhus DK
Friday, August, 29 – Jazzhouse – København DK
Friday, September, 5 – Perfect Sounds Forever #4 – Bergen, NO
Saturday, September, 6 – Folken/Grottene – Stavanger, NO
Live in the US? You won't be left out. The band recently announced dates with Merchandise across the states and Canada. More info here.
‘Seek Lower Climes’ is available on LP, CD and digital formats from The Matador Store Order ‘Seek Lower Climes’ from iTunes

LOWER : New Autumn US & Canadian Dates With Merchandise

Lower's second visit to North America this year --- and first since the release of 'Seek Lower Climes' --- kicks off September 23 in Austin and runs through mid-October in Boston.  All dates are in support of Tampa's Merchandise.

(Lower at The Acheron, Brooklyn, May 30, 2014)

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

Lower compiled a playlist of stuff they were listening to during the recording of 'Seek Lower Climes' ;   it's available for streaming thru Rdio. 

'Seek Lower Climes' is available on LP, CD and digital formats from The Matador Store 
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order 'Seek Lower Climes' from iTunes

Lower announce UK and European shows


Following a fortnight of triumphant shows around Europe with Fucked Up and the release of their debut full length, Seek Warmer Climes (store link) Lower announce new live dates for July and August, bookended by shows with Chelsea Wolfe, with headline and festival appearances in between.

On sale today, the full run of shows are:

Wed 30 Jul - Magnolia, Milan, Italy (w/ Chelsea Wolfe) - Tickets
Thu 31 Jul - Feierwerk, Munich, Germany (w/ Chelsea Wolfe) - Tickets
Sat 02 Aug - Visions Festival, London, UK - Tickets
Sun 03 Aug - Bermuda Triangle, Brighton, UK - Tickets
Mon 04 Aug - Sunflower, Birmingham, UK
Tue 05 Aug - Broadcast, Glasgow, UK - Tickets
Wed 06 Aug - Castle, Manchester, UK - Tickets
Thu 07 Aug - OYA Festival, Oslo, Norway - Tickets
Sat 09 Aug - La Plage, Paris, France
Sun 10 Aug - Café Glocksee, Hannover, Germany (w/Chelsea Wolfe) - Tickets
Tue 12 Aug - Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands (w/Chelsea Wolfe) - Tickets
Wed 13 Aug - Le Brass, Brussels, Belgium (w/Chelsea Wolfe) - Tickets
Fri 29 Aug - Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark


Today Lower's debut album 'Seek Warmer Climes' is out everywhere (Escho in Denmark, Big Love in Japan and Matador covering the other corners). The band recently wrapped up a tour in the US and are now in the UK playing shows with Fucked Up tonight and tomorrow. The New York times caught the band in New York and called them "a post-punk band in early metamorphosis, luxuriating in unease," and describes their songs as "strong, stirring and ready" and "gnarled and fortressed."

By Now: iTunes / Matador Store - first pressing of the LP on white Vinyl, includes a Lower pin, MP3 download card



VIDEO : Lower - "Tradition"

The good folks at Consequence Of Sound have posted a longish interview with Lower drummer Anton Rothstein, along with premiering the above clip, a performance of "Tradition" (studio version found on 'Seek Lower Climes', out next Tuesday, June 17 on LP, CD and digital formats).  If you're inclined, you can stream 'Seek Lower Climes' from start to finish at Pitchfork Advance. 

Preorder from iTunes BUY LINKS:
Preorder on LP or CD  from the Matador Store:  (first pressing of  the LP on white vinyl, includes a Lower pin, MP3 download card)

Upcoming European dates after the jump : 

Thu. June 12 – Monarch – Berlin, DE
Fri. June 13 – OT301 – Amsterdam, NL
Sun. June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Fucked Up)
Mon. June 16 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK (with Fucked Up)
Tue. June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Fucked Up)
Wed. June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Fucked Up)

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