Favorite

Rhythm & Views 

Low

When Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and then-bassist John Nichols began writing music together in the early '90s, the intention was to create something different from the grunge sound that permeated the music industry at the time. Sparhawk and Parker wrote slow, minimalist songs with emotional density using only clean guitar, bass, a snare drum and a tom. With 2001's Things We Lost in the Fire, Low began experimenting with louder, slightly more complex, energetic songs, but by 2002's Trust, the trio (Zak Sally has been their bass player since 1995) seemed ready to return to their "slowcore" roots.

The Great Destroyer, though, lives up to its name. First, it's on Sub Pop, the label that introduced the world to grunge back in the early '90s; second, it's Low with distortion, and an almost pop aesthetic. "California" and "Just Stand Back" both begin with chord sequences that are all sunshine and up-tempo, and the distorted guitars on "Everybody's Song" grate against what sounds like an almost full drum kit.

"It's a hit, it's got soul, steal the show with your rock and roll," sings Sparhawk on "Just Stand Back," "Just stand back, I could turn on you so fast." Low has turned on us, but underneath the gloss, there is Parker's vibrato and minor key harmonies that give even the poppiest song a twinge of Low darkness. The Great Destroyer eats through the molasses and unearths a vibrancy that was there all along, just waiting for the right time to show itself.

More by Annie Holub

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

The Weekly List: 21 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Seven Days

Food Truck Frenzy at Tucson Hop Shop

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

Facebook Activity

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation