Some bands wish to have a definite, recognizable sound. Different bands, just like the Flaming Lips, problem this notion and reinvent themselves on each album.
Olive Osby and Avsha Weinberg of Lowertown, an indie rock band began in Atlanta, would hate for any album they launch to sound like “a traditional Lowertown album.”
“It will be embarrassing,” Weinberg, the lead guitarist, mentioned.
Lowertown launched its second full album, I Like to Lie, on Oct. 21. Coming off the discharge of an EP The Gaping Mouth in 2021 and a self-recorded album Associates in 2019, the pair went for extra of an aggressive sound that feedback on world points and conveys a various array of feelings, Weinberg mentioned.
Proper off the bat, Lowertown achieves its objective with “My Associates,” the primary monitor on I Like to Lie. The music begins with a heavy-hitting drum beat earlier than the guitar is available in, giving the identical sound you’d discover in ’70s punk songs. Lead singer Osby’s intense, virtually screaming vocals ship her exhaustion and feeling of hysteria surrounding her mates.
“My mates drain me full / Drink my blood then ask for extra,” Osby sings.
“Bucktooth” addresses present political points, together with gun management, in its lyrics with a folk- and punk-inspired sound because the backdrop. This third monitor on I Like to Lie is the album’s lead single and completely leads the way in which for the course that Lowertown goes in on the album.
“I can’t deal with anymore, can’t deal with anymore, can’t deal with anymore weapons,” Osby sings within the refrain of “Bucktooth.”
The album oscillates between arduous and tender, going for extra of a punk-inspired sound on tracks like “I’m Not” and “Scum” and a traditional, indie, bedroom-rock vibe on “Antibiotics.”
The monitor Osby was most excited for on I Like to Lie is a powerful distinction to the remainder of the album. “Waltz in Aflat Main,” the second-to-last music on I Like to Lie, opts for a mellow, orchestral, melancholy sound. The music units the tone for what listeners could also be in retailer for on future Lowertown albums.
“We mentioned we need to do one thing extra orchestral the following time, however I simply assume the underlying theme is we simply need to maintain maturing and [not] make the identical album once more” Osby mentioned.
I Like to Lie enormously contrasts the bands extra acoustic albums Associates and The Gaping Mouth. Lowertown’s first two albums have the same chill sound to one another, making the edginess of I Like to Lie a pleasant change to its discography.
Osby and Weinberg fashioned Lowertown after they met of their sophomore yr of highschool after Osby transferred to Weinberg’s college. Osby and Weinberg had been pursuing music individually on the time.
Osby acquired into music by writing poetry on the age of 13, she mentioned. She began to take heed to extra different music earlier than writing her personal and placing it on-line.
Weinberg mentioned he has a classical and jazz background from classes beginning when he was three years previous. He actually acquired into music later in life, although, when he taught himself drums, bass, and guitar.
Weinberg had been drifting by the Atlanta music scene for some time when he met Osby. He had demos that he was in search of another person to sing as a result of he was self acutely aware about his personal voice. Weinberg requested Osby to sing on the tracks, marking the beginning of Lowertown.
A memorable bonding journey to an space in Ottawa, Canada known as Lowertown impressed the identify of the band. The duo visited this a part of Canada to work on demos.
Lowertown will open for Beabadoobee on its fall 2022 U.S. tour that began on Oct. 25. Lowertown had beforehand opened for the bands Moist Leg and Porches after Weinberg and Osby graduated highschool in 2020.
The expertise of touring after almost two years of isolation as a result of COVID-19 pandemic made taking part in music a drastically totally different expertise than how the band had previously, Weinberg mentioned. Seeing that many individuals in a single house made performing their music really feel overstimulating, in accordance with Weinberg and Osby.
For the Beabadoobee tour, Osby mentioned she needs to work on letting go and absolutely being herself on stage.
“I used to be actually harassed concerning the efficiency the entire time [on past tours] and I feel stressing a lot concerning the efficiency impeded my efficiency,” Osby mentioned. “So I feel that one in all my greatest objectives [on this tour] is simply to form of be just a little bit extra unhinged.”