As The Low Anthem get set to make a welcome Liverpool return, Getintothis’ Paul Higham has all the details of this and the band’s forthcoming UK tour.
Some gigs live in the moment only to hastily fade from the collective memory. Others become part of the mythology of a place, of a venue, to the extent that they get talked about years later in hushed, reverential tones.
The Low Anthem‘s gig at the Kazimier has fallen into the latter category, still capable of generating a social media buzz at its mere mention. It is thus with a sense of excitement that we can announce the return of the band to these shores for their first UK tour in four years.
The band had near disappeared from our radar following the release of 2011’s Smart Flesh, the follow-up to their breakthrough album, the still astonishing Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. It seemed that The Low Anthem would be destined to join the legion of bands whose star shone brightly but all too briefly.
But they’re back, and with an all-new line-up as well as a new record, the haunting and perspective shifting Eyeland.
Much like Smart Flesh (recorded in a disused pasta sauce factory), Eyeland has been realised in an on old Vaudevillian theatre, allowing the band to experiment with its sonic capabilities and to imbue the record with a distinctive sense of character. Described by the band as “multi-dimensional future folk“, the album advances their sound drawing influences from the past but transforming them with a keenly forward thinking sense of the avant-garde.
While founders Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky remain mainstays, the new line-up additions seem to have reinvigorated and reenergised the band. We look forward to seeing this renewal in for ourselves when the band return to the Liverpool stage.
In addition to the date at Leaf, the band will play the following dates:
November 9: Komedia, Brighton
November 10: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
November 11: Gorilla, Manchester
November 12: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
November 13: Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
November 14: Academy 2, Oxford
November 15: Thekla, Bristol
November 16: Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
November 17: Open, Norwich
November 18: Leaf Café, Liverpool
November 19: Queens Social Club, Sheffield
November 20: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
November 21: Empire Music Hall, Belfast