Nathan Edmunds (vocals/guitar/keys), Matt Warner (vocals/bass/guitars/keys) and David Taggart (drums) are The Lowsiders. The band from Ohio recently released Can't Stop The World From Spinning.
The band is atmospheric but also plays into garage rock. I was reminded of a lot of bands from the ’60s and ’70s which is their main aesthetic. They utilize this foundation to make their own unique sound.
The very first song is called “End Times, pt. 2.” I chuckled at the fact that pt. 1 didn’t seem to be anywhere around. One of the bands that kept coming to mind in the background of my mind was The Doors. You can hear a similar sacred type of energy as if they evoking spirits from the dead. It’s moody, gothic but also has a great groove. Additionally it’s quite catchy and with an epic, dynamic ending.
“Tradition” was where I really came on board. This has a bit of Pink Floyd, The Doors and I would even say Tom Waits in some regards. The song for the most part is very dreamy and atmospheric but also had this moonlit night type of feel. It feels like a song that leans into the darkness.
The band continues to kill it with “Revolutions” which blends catchy melodies with their uniquely haunting vibe. I was picking up more on this gothic southern vibe. It felt like a song that you could play in the show True Detective. “Desire” rolls with a bluesy flavor. It’s again very catchy and their use of vocal harmonies was impressive.
The band gets brighter with “Half of It.” Some of the gothic moodiness is gone in favor or a more straightforward garage rock vibe that is melodic and palatable. They do what they do best with “The Man Who Laughs” while “Disney Girl (2017)” is a short '50s inspired song that brings to mind The Beatles as well as The Animals.
They capitalize on that vibe with “I Hope You're Happy” and go back into wonder reverb infused atmosphere on “Craters on the Moon.” They close “Pay The Man” which is probably the most funky the band has been but also go back into the more ephemeral dream like vibe towards the end.
The band is on a bit of a spectrum with this album as it sways back and forth between the moody, atmosphere and the more grounded garage rock. They do it very well. Highly recommended.
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