Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Low : the Mormon melody maker sings in the Choir and comes back to California where its warm (kinda)

So Alan Sparhawk went a little nuts about a year ago and cancelled Low's tour behind their latest release The Great Destroyer. I guess he got jealous at all the success behind the other Mormon musician's Hot Fuss and decided to get out of those deep, dark caves he had buried himself in over years of making beautiful, dark shoegazing anthems.

Almost immediately after splitting the scene to recover, Sparhawk joined forces with
Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) to form the Retribution Gospel Choir. Luckily I had a chance to catch the Choir at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa last year. I didn't know such a soft spoken pair of grown ups could be so noisy. Quite enjoyable and impressive. The show made me get all jittery for another Low and or Kozelek show.

Unfortunately we missed Kozelek at the Troubadour this past month (tear and tissue), but it just so happens that this week Low is taking the stage at the Troub with Damien Jurado. If you want to hear vocals so wet in reverb that you'll need to wring out your clothes afterwards then make it out on Friday.

3/3/06 - Troubadour (w/ Damien Jurado) (

A little taste from the Retribution Gospel Choir Tour EP:

Retribution Gospel Choir - "Hatchet"


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