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The Low Anthem @the Black Cat 11/12

November 12, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Last night I saw a band called the Low Anthem.  I am still floored.  They are a trio, and yet, over the course of their 60 minute set, they found a way to incorporate 10 different instruments – including cellphones, a harmonium, and a pump organ.  Throughout the set I kept thinking, “this is the perfect time to be seeing this band.”  They’re still hungry.  You can still see the passion on their faces.  As a music nerd, I just can’t tell you how much that can do to a concert.  The artist’s passion can make the difference between a solid performance and a revelatory one, which last night’s most certainly was.  Make no mistake, this is much more than bedroom music.  The Low Anthem have tapped into an ages-old American musical tradition.  They are a power trio, only one whose power has nothing to do with the volume or wattage of their instruments.  There is no electronic sheen between what you’re hearing and what they’re doing on stage.  For example, I didn’t see a single effects pedal on stage.  That this is the case, and that they sound even better live than on record, is a true testament to their intensity as musicians.  I know it’s hyperbolical to say this, but I closed my eyes at some points last night, and in doing so, I felt as if I was no longer in that cramped, dark room.  I wasn’t just a dude, in a room, with his eyes closed.  I was somewhere very far away.  Somewhere bucolic.

(The videos above have cuts from each of the band’s albums.  Notice the use of cellphones in the first clip.  Awesome.)

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