Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the July 2007 Issue of Stereophile!
Formed in 1993, Low is from Duluth, Minnesota, and features Alan Sparhawk on
vocals and guitar, Mimi Parker on vocals and drums, and Matt Livingston on bass
and vocals. Sparhawk and Parker are married with two children; they first met in
fourth grade in rural Minnesota.
Drums and Guns is the band's eight full-length album and second for Sub Pop.
It's also, after 2005's the Great Destroyer, the second album they've recorded
with producer Dave Fridmann. Drums and Guns features a number of songs that
ardent Low fans will recognize from the band's recent live shows. These songs
appear here in substantially altered forms, as though they've been taken apart
and reassembled in striking new ways, or seen with new eyes. Or, given the
lyrical emphasis on murder and death, a more insightful interpretation might see
the band killing these songs and bringing them back to life anew. There's no
contrivance here, however. While these songs feature new elements (looped
vocals, drum machines, etc.) and are thoroughly, radiantly contemporary, they
remain undeniably Low's. Drums and Guns possesses the unique, subtle beauty and
power we've come to expect from Low, but the record is also profoundly exciting
in ways that it's easy to forget music can be.
1. Pretty People
6. Always Fade
7. Dust on the Window
9. Your Poison
10. Take Your Time
11. In Silence
13. Violent Past