August 12, 2012

Lower


Last year, BUZZSound alumni and Best Breakthrough Artist honorees Iceage put Copenhagen, Denmark back onto the indie scene's radar with their debut album, a listen that was equal parts rattling post-punk and DIY hardcore as much as it was artistic in design. The region's underground punk scene is among one of the most promising ones to keep in eye on at the moment, as we've already heard more great noise come our way from Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and Loke Rahbek of Sexdrone's ambient group VÅR, Sweden's LUST FOR YOUTH and now, the Iceage-endorsed quartet Lower. The band shares a lot in common with most of their Danish counterparts, forming in 2009 originally as a casual project between high school friends Adrian Toubro and Anton Rothstein, and later, committing itself to a full band effort by adding guitarist Simon Formann and bassist Kristian Emdal into the fold. Their sound doesn't stray too far away from the dark, gritty glum that come to define Denmark's punk and noise scene -- A direct reflection of Copenhagen's surrounding sights, climate and an overall apathetic take on the area's cultural excitement, which frontman Toubro lyrically evaluates in their recent debut EP Walk on Heads. Originally released in on the Danish label Escho, heightened interest will see that it makes its way Stateside sometime in September on Blind Prophet. It probably shouldn't surprise anyone that their debut full-length has already been committed to dark-minded NYC label Sacred Bones, tentatively arriving next year. Between now and then, members of Lower are continuing their college educations and keeping their tour schedule locally within reason, as venturing to America doesn't seem plausible to the band. That will probably change in time...



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