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Low at Get it Loud
SLOWCORE godfathers Low are set to entertain revellers during an atmospheric gig at Get it Loud.
The trio, who are hailed by many as pioneering musicians in the slowcore genre, will play at Lancaster Library on July 9.
Their idiosyncratic beats and swirling slow tempos have inspired a generation to experiment with prolonged and haunting sounds accompanied by dark lyrics.
A potently beautiful piano fuels a number of their songs, with soothing vocals hovering on top.
Alan Sparhawk, guitar and vocals, said the three-piece has always tried to do something 'different' and 'honest'. He said Low were really excited about travelling across the Atlantic to see fans in Lancaster.
"The UK is our bread and butter," Alan told me. "We always seem to get bigger shows. Our fans range from the young, old and people that like Robert Plant.
"People who like our music normally sit and listen. It's the kind of music people get really involved with. There's something transcendental about music. Life can be so frustrating, music is that little gift, a step out of all the other nonsense. I feel very lucky to be a part of that."
Touring with Radiohead was one of Alan's highlights from his near 20-year career.
"I never thought we would still be performing today. Music is this little piece of how we use to be and where we are going and people no matter how much they're into music can relate to that."
Low's concerts often feature playfully adapted cover songs of famous bands including Joy Division and The Smiths, in addition to their own original material.
The alternative rock group from Minnesota, formed in 1993. Sparhawk's wife Mimi Parker sings and plays drums in the band. The duet of their voices makes an intensely calming sound.
Low are currently only scheduled to play two shows in the UK; one at London's Royal Festival Hall and the other in Lancaster.
Anyone wanting to see them can pick up a ticket from www.getitloudinlibraries.com.