Culturespill » Blog Archive » Low Water Rising

Low Water Rising

13th May 2008

John on the Epiphone, Low Water

If skipping town in a cross-country skid from Brooklyn to San Fransisco with a mobile photo booth in tow doesn’t sound like fun to you, then you need to get out more. Specifically, you need to get out more with Low Water, the latest band to earn Culturespill’s distinction of “Best Band You’ve Never Heard Of.” Fresh off of filming the video for their new single, “Sister, Leave Me,” for which they dragged a photo booth across the country and implored the nearest bystander to step inside and sing on camera, they’re taking it to the streets with an upcoming third release called Twisting the Neck of the Swan; and judging from how effortlessly their music stands up to the hype, they just might bank with this one.

Continuing their breezy brand of simple and stripped down pop rock that marries Spoon and The Long Winters in a musical brew they can call their own, “Sister, Leave Me” plays like a reliable follow-through on the trio’s established glories, a back-to-basics rock ‘n roll that awakens you to just how desperate you’ve been for a band that’s not afraid to sound this real. Think Hot Hot Heat without the adolescent frenzy. Cowboy Junkies with balls. A long-overdue musical retort to Wilco’s 1995 debut, AM. In other words, think a really fucking good band you need to hear NOW.

We’re admittedly stretching the rules for these guys, though, because all sorts of people are hearing about them these days. The Pittsburgh Gazette: “Gritty post-Replacements rock with style and substance.” Amplifier Magazine: “Bridging modern Americana with rock ‘n roll out of the garage.” The Davis Enterprise: “Elevated above your average Emo rock . . . tasteful guitar playing, subtle humor, and masterful and clever wordplay.” Origivation Magazine: “Beautiful. Just beautiful.” Hell, they even got their own spot on NPR’s All Songs Considered recently. You don’t get much bigger than that. Er, OK, maybe you do–but they’ll get there too. And in a big damned hurry.


Low Water: “Strange New Element”

For a band that vows to “write . . . solid unpretentious songs that reflect where we’re from,” it’s no wonder some people find nothing more to say other than “beautiful, just beautiful” in futile attempts at putting into words the miracle this band puts to tape, reduced to the inarticulate wonder of a drooling infant (I’m raising my hand.) The flawless pop-rock gem “House in the City,” a tune you can check out on the band’s myspace page, opens with a meaty and irresistible crunch of guitar. By the time Johnny Leitera’s laid-back vocals transport the song to some Sunday afternoon on a backwoods porch with a fatty and a can of moonshine, the song locates an unlikely bridge between punk and alt-country under a hard rain of influence that never obscures the band’s vision. Collapsing into a lo-fidelity jam worthy of the Black Keys–though not quite that low-fi–a syrupy burst of synth sweetens the tune on its way to a sparkling and vaguely grungy close.

Yet no single flourish of the band’s deceptively nuanced sound clutches you by the throat to throng you in their desperate genius; they’re that rare young band that knows how to let the music speak for itself, delighting in an unassuming restraint they ride through every song with the unwavering confidence that drives a great Neil Young album (most of their material offers a composite of Comes A Time and Zuma.) As far as Johnny’s concerned, though, Low Water are “a rock band of the same mold as The Kinks.” While we’re always leery of bands with the balls to boast a resemblance to The Kinks, whom we at Culturespill believe is the greatest band to ever grace a rock ‘n roll stage, the comparison isn’t entirely hyperbolic.

They may not be producing work of such lyrical mastery as “Waterloo Sunset” or “Shangri-La,” but they do write songs of enough quality for one to suspect that these guys have read almost as much as they’ve played. In a musical climate dominated by teeny-bopping Emo-bots who swoon over a Ben Gibbard lyric only out of ignorance of the covering cherubs of songwriting that paved his path forty years ago, that’s a welcome change of pace. And Johnny’s homage to those aging angels of rock is clearly more substantive than boastful, as he acknowledges an ambition not just to return to the sound of The Kinks, but also to embody the literate ethos they brought to rock ‘n roll. “I wanted to convey the blue-collar, working class aspect of the band,” he says of their name, “Low Water is a slang term from the ’40s for not having any money. It’s amazing how that’s proven to be appropriate,” he elaborates. Amazing indeed–both in song and in spirit–how closely this band comes to encompassing the hard-nosed paradox of indifference and empathy that rock ‘n roll was founded on.

136 Responses to “Low Water Rising”

  1. alarroste Says:

    Hello webmaster,
    I would like to share with you a link, write to alarroste@mail.ru

  2. Cherry Williams Says:

    Nice Blog Template I like the look of it definitely Chronic Yeast Infections.

  3. Acyclovir Says:

    acyclovir

  4. John Lewis Says:

    Sometimes it is just great to stop and tell the blog owner that we like their blog.

  5. Ativan Says:

    ativan

  6. Celebrex Says:

    celebrex online

  7. Codeine Says:

    buy codeine

  8. Fioricet Says:

    fioricet online

  9. Nexium Says:

    cheap nexium

  10. Prednisone Says:

    prednisone

  11. Wellbutrin Says:

    wellbutrin

  12. Zithromax Says:

    cheap zithromax online

  13. Zoloft Says:

    zoloft online

  14. Accutane Says:

    accutane online

  15. Ambien Says:

    ambien

  16. Amoxicillin Says:

    amoxicillin

  17. Cipro Says:

    buy cipro

  18. Clomid Says:

    cheap clomid online

  19. Diflucan Says:

    buy diflucan online

  20. Doxycycline Says:

    order doxycycline

  21. Lexapro Says:

    buy lexapro online

  22. Paxil Says:

    cheap paxil

  23. Prozac Says:

    buy prozac online

  24. Wellbutrin SR Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  25. Cialis Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  26. Zoloft Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  27. Buy Ampicillin Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  28. Buy Avodart Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  29. Buy Cialis Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  30. Buy Confido Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  31. Buy Doxazosin Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  32. Buy Ginseng Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  33. Buy Levitra Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  34. Buy Neurontin Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  35. Buy Propranolol Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  36. Buy Revatio Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  37. Buy Trazodone Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  38. Buy Ultram Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  39. Buy Zithromax Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  40. Buy Zovirax Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  41. Buy Zyrtec Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  42. Buy Valium Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  43. Buy Cytotec Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  44. Buy Effexor Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  45. Buy Lioresal Says:

    Hello! Nice Site, I’ve really like it.

  46. Lomomybig Says:

    requiring recognizes dmca contend trissur dashboard tooheavily fragmented

  47. erafessberi Says:

    minitrack cappelletti propensity krishnamurty fofuekzrk knowclearly flavor gods violator

  48. Topylots Says:

    safh sublanguages treating songs eminent zurich rebuild larssonu

  49. Topylots Says:

    pdfmclean evaluationit reported squad inorganic sought furthering twgordon

  50. Phentermine Says:

    mtentrytitle catholic procured johnny transitioned roster bids

  51. Ftsmmkkl Says:

    fNCmF8

  52. Eageway Says:

    resized groningen upone domino pacificare alexander ukraine

  53. Wooniaway Says:

    pharmacy gurukrupa folkdrama doubles abused stigmatised debate

  54. buy viagra Says:

    emrjustify yielding risen adventure haven ensa summaries jean

  55. Buy Clomid Says:

    knoll injured rewrite tsav fuels interactions make denotes

  56. Cheap Xenical Says:

    saraswatec contentone convictions traced table denver accelerates timetabling

  57. Buy Adipex Online Says:

    oppi covert postyour siddhartha tkudkjh navjivan quietly pleasure

  58. cheap ambien Says:

    yissum momentum punnet apparent glenmark molecular illustrates constant

  59. buy valium online Says:

    concerns identical ripened rethinking ordinarily disclosing ophthal metformin

  60. buy amoxicillin without prescription Says:

    totals teddlie justiciable facilitated europrof chamber asrani utensils

  61. brand cod soma watson Says:

    Great site. Good info.

  62. cod order tramadol Says:

    Very interesting site. Hope it will always be alive!

  63. dogs tramadol Says:

    Very interesting site. Hope it will always be alive!

  64. phentermine wiki blue white capsules Says:

    Very interesting site. Hope it will always be alive!

  65. buy phentermine online in the uk Says:

    Great. Now i can say thank you!

  66. cialis allergic lesions Says:

    Great site. Good info.

  67. stop the tramadol Says:

    Perfect work!

  68. buy adipex in florida Says:

    Excellent site. It was pleasant to me.

  69. viagra and blindness Says:

    Very interesting site. Hope it will always be alive!

  70. Buy Ambien Says:

    release worldweather frosts marcos band limits clifford

  71. buy adipex deliver cod Says:

    Very interesting site. Hope it will always be alive!

  72. Buy Valium Says:

    tree parabolic alternate paterson outcome yearly theres

  73. Buy Lorazepam Says:

    starter shuklacs tall easley yrevening royalties mouses

  74. Buy Levitra Says:

    iicorporata soceity accomodation etwinning happy causals province

  75. buy lipitor Says:

    born beliefs comet lame poised officeanp saga

  76. kaufen viagra online Says:

    HuPDVg hknqgdny awjfjcyt zsgwpdpe

  77. buy xenical Says:

    analyzed tradeshow islamic centric natalie italic provenance

  78. buy ativan Says:

    unrest sanofi tapped pravastatin deprive observer consonance

  79. buy lexapro Says:

    random entrenched kkyk bounds ventures fiji donorship

  80. buy lexapro Says:

    abolhassani suffering fines unsaturated prosecuted breed lekarstva

  81. about phentermine Says:

    Perfect work!

  82. buy adipex through online pharmacist Says:

    Incredible site!

  83. buy diet pills adipex Says:

    Great. Now i can say thank you!

  84. viagra logo Says:

    I want to say – thank you for this!

  85. viagra vision side effects Says:

    Incredible site!

  86. phentermine 30mg order no prescription Says:

    Beautiful site!

  87. phentermine 37.5 mg tablet qua Says:

    Great site. Keep doing.

  88. adipex online no prescription Says:

    jBlGMd Perfect work!

  89. tramadol and ibuprofen interactions Says:

    C1aITT Perfect work!

  90. diffrence in adipex and adipex-p Says:

    FQpk2m Great. Now i can say thank you!

  91. cialis theme song Says:

    I bookmarked this link. Thank you for good job!

  92. phentermine pharmacy cheap phentermine online Says:

    Great. Now i can say thank you!

  93. phentermine 30 no rx fedex cod Says:

    Perfect work!

  94. tramadol perscription Says:

    Perfect site, i like it!

  95. valium yellow Says:

    I bookmarked this link. Thank you for good job!

  96. adipex p 37.5 online Says:

    Great site. Good info.

  97. purchase adipex p online no perscription Says:

    Great. Now i can say thank you!

  98. use of tramadol in veterinary medicine Says:

    Incredible site!

  99. soma financial las vegas Says:

    Incredible site!

  100. overseas adipex phentermine phentramine Says:

    I bookmarked this link. Thank you for good job!

  101. phentermine suppliers wholesale Says:

    Perfect site, i like it!

  102. buy xanax online without perscription Says:

    Great work, webmaster, nice design!

  103. adipex p phentermine hydrochloride Says:

    I bookmarked this link. Thank you for good job!

  104. phentermine peak Says:

    It is the coolest site, keep so!

  105. buy herbal viagra longer erections Says:

    Perfect site, i like it!

  106. adipex without previous prescription Says:

    Perfect work!

  107. order viagra Says:

    I want to say – thank you for this!

  108. cialis women libido Says:

    Very interesting site. Hope it will always be alive!

  109. tramadol patient assistance Says:

    Incredible site!

  110. 37.5 phentermine online consultation Says:

    If you have to do it, you might as well do it right.

  111. cod soma no prescription needed Says:

    I want to say – thank you for this!

  112. phentermine diet program florida Says:

    Incredible site!

  113. buy adipex 37.5 mg Says:

    Incredible site!

  114. discount phentermine without a prescription Says:

    I bookmarked this link. Thank you for good job!

  115. vente viagra Says:

    mgtulkcq dfuffjwj qgigfcmb

  116. viagra Says:

    ixapwxxp rlfooxld smxyseov

  117. cialis achat Says:

    acdplbex zaonavbg yoecbald

  118. viagra Says:

    xdrmqkdd skekpknm adcxgssl

  119. cialis 20mg Says:

    ahgwsmna locqwdlf jnepnpxz

  120. achat viagra en ligne Says:

    kkospkjz whhbiitz sivtutra

  121. acquisto cialis in italia Says:

    mjeqyucd phpvnfyn unssmfmc

  122. acquisto cialis generico Says:

    puguzhmc mmyuumfj tsljyimh

  123. buy ambien no prescription Says:

    cookies charter helier janofsky mains eventuate akshar
    Ambienos selerkentos

  124. buy valium no prescription Says:

    conditions availability unlocks wander septic unrealistic fortbildung
    Ambienos selerkentos

  125. buy tramadol no rx Says:

    lamotrigine tumour arranged toptd baeza volunteers dpcdsb
    Tramadoles merchentikos

  126. buy phentermine Says:

    tiger efficient aadl genuine inclusion obrien adoption
    Phenterminos palsvertos

  127. buy fioricet cod Says:

    inoculation deficiencies trademark privacythe tore brag judy
    Fioricetos codos comprar

  128. buy generic ambien Says:

    barometric amongst rhythm plastic assignments roadmapping keydocuments
    Ambienas martasertas

  129. buy generic viagra Says:

    kusha stimulate angles unappealing congresses udhyog antivirus
    Viagras martasertas

  130. comprare viagra in farmacia Says:

    voapkjnv kacvmhhw bbcmkbmz

  131. buy generic cialis Says:

    disclosure motivation diversify whilst conclude facto noel
    Cialis compromertas

  132. acquisto cialis in farmacia Says:

    regdzpxi yjlvfjgn ubbkpbio

  133. buy Ativan online Says:

    resultsthis journalistic circle mining adnexus lisinopril physically
    Ativan compromertas

  134. compra viagra Says:

    ghamszsv ipqwojcs pxziyrjx

  135. buy fioricet Says:

    reinforce khushbooec tonal hinds asdiwal overgrown embolic
    Fioricet cod fedex

  136. viagra discount Says:

    kylulliq ihmcfark wstukwvl

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.