LowCall is based in Manchester, UK. The band formed five years ago by university friends Rob Berry, Tom Barclay and Jake Graham. They recently released Sad Machines which is a six-song EP.
The band mentions artists such as Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age, Mogwai and Oceansize as influences. I would say their sound is a mix between hard rock, alternative and indie.
They open with “Cutmedown” which is an intro of sorts. There are some powerful dynamic crashes, a blazing guitar solo and reverb laced vocals. They then settle into “Atoms” which finds a solid groove and some of the more catchy vocals on the EP. The bass line in particular got my attention.
“Pulling Teeth” might be the highlight. The music sounds similar to early Smashing Pumpkins and this time around the vocals are caked in reverb. There are some significant changes around the three-minute mark which leads to a hallmark guitar solo. The band is at their most melodic on “Me an You (I was lost)” which contains hypnotic guitar patterns.
“Eclipse” is a solid song that soars. The vocals are stretched out and covered in hall reverb. Some of the guitar riffs reminded me of Dinosaur Jr. Last up is “Temporal Gyrus” which is a subdued song at first that explores melancholy and reflection. The band noticeably speeds up and goes all in with trying to sound epic.
As an engineer myself I felt like the recordings veered towards lo-fi. I would have liked to hear a bit more clarity at times such as more snaps in the snare.
The music felt cohesive with the strongest aspect being the dynamics. They would settle into a groove and then explode a little later in the song. These are the type of things that you are most likely to appreciate in a live setting.
Overall, this was a good EP that fans of the aforementioned bands will surely appreciate. Take a listen.
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