What do you get when you mix 5 parts Awesome Musicians, 3 parts Funny, and an olive? A classic Gin Martini. And LOWrise! (shaken, not stirred of course). LOWrise is an Alternative 5 piece band based in England, UK. They are an absolute riot to talk to and that fun-loving spirit shows in their music. LOWrise plays with a subtle aggressiveness that borders on the edge of energy and chill. Not an easy sound to pull off, but they do it with success. They spent some time to explain how they do it.
HiFiveInsider: So where are you guys from and how did you meet each other?
LOWrise: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… 5 guys decided to take on an evil empire commanded by a half man, half robot sword wielding villain, but not just a sword, a sword made of light! Hey this is pretty good, it should be some sort of film, NO! A franchise ;).
The majority of the band is from the great city of Manchester apart from the guitarist, Angus, who is from Scotland. He adds the much needed porridge, can’t go on stage without my oats. The bassist, Phil, is from the county of Shropshire, I did some actual research on the place, but there was nothing interesting to make a joke… Soooooo.
The band began through Angus, Joe and Dare. They then found Phil and began to make great music. They then had the bright idea to put a voice over that great music, so I auditioned and ticked off everything they where looking for; good looks, great hair and a woeful voice.
HFI: Too funny. The name “LOWrise”, whats the meaning and how did you come up with the name?
LOWrise: We are avid readers of William Shakespeare and wanted an oxymoron to showcase the complexity of our genius. It was definitely not through watching the American T.V series ‘The Wire!’ which references crack dens with that name ;).
“Playing songs live helps you understand what the audience likes, you can feed off their energy… It also makes me hit myself harder, you will have to come to one of our shows to understand what I mean :).”
HFI: “Fate”! Cool song, At approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds in (the break) we hear voices, and whistling. Very cool and unexpected direction to take the song in. Take us through LOWrises’ creative process. Cause we are diggin it!
LOWrise: We like that whole creation of sound, and finding those happy accidents. When recording that EP we were new as a group, so we were in the process of developing our sound. When you actually listen to “Fate” you quickly realize that there are not many lyrics in the actual song, so it was a way to add more layers and add a dynamic to our sound.
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HFI: “Temp World” Who is spitting on that track?
LOWrise: It is our very own drummer Dare! The guy is extremely talented, not only can he keep beat, he can say loads of words in time as well!
HFI: Dare has skills!!!! Who would you like to work with in the future?
LOWrise: If we could collaborate with one artist at the moment my personal choice would be ‘Marina and the Diamonds.’ She may be a bit out of our league, but she has such a great presence and vision for her sound. Plus she’s not bad to look at as well, wink wink. I’m sure she’s reading this right now.
HFI: Who do you guys listen to when you’re not creating dope sounds?
LOWrise: I love Joy Division and Ian Curtis and I like to think that comes across in my vocals and lyrics.
As a band we constantly talk about artists like Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, R.E.M, Nirvana, Rage against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth and Curtis Mayfield.
We tend to hover around the more alternative side of music, however we listen to a range of different artists from different genres. I spoke about ‘Marina and the Diamonds’ in the previous question and she is a big inspiration for the b-side of our next single ‘Only Forgot.’ I love her attitude, she really brings a strong characterisation to her lyrics, helping you understand the story she is trying to put across.
HFI: Tell us about your coolest experience while performing.
LOWrise: Playing our songs at the correct speed ;p as we always speed them up and make them a minute shorter.
Whenever we play a new song its a very cool experience, showcasing all your effort for the first time to strangers who will hopefully then go away and listen to it on the HiFiveMusic website or www.lowrisemusic.com. We recently played our next single ‘Only Forgot’ at our last gig and got a great reaction, which pushed us to get back into the studio. People got really excited when listening to the song and wanted to hear it fully produced and us being the very generous band we are, we duly obliged and will release it in January of the new year.
Playing songs live helps you understand what the audience likes, you can feed off their energy, helping you perform better and get excited about your own songs. It also makes me hit myself harder, you will have to come to one of our shows to understand what I mean :).
HFI: “You’ll Never Know!” -” Throw in the towel, But you’ll never know what tomorrow will bring.” My anthem. Who wrote the lyrics?
LOWrise: I wrote those lyrics, when I was about 16. It was the first song I ever played for the band, as well :).
Its about someone that has given up on everything, and is ready to end their life, but there is that little voice inside them that tells them that no matter how hard today is, the next day could be totally different and you don’t know until you get there.
HFI: Favorite super hero?
LOWrise: We are definitely a DC band, I cant speak for us all but Batman is probably our go to hero. Although, I have spent many a time dreaming I was Wonder Woman.
HFI: Favorite TV shows?
LOWrise: RuPauls Drag Race, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Real Housewives of where ever
I like to think we’re down with the kids, however we do know our Heisenbergs from our Jon Snows.
HFI: Favorite dream car?
LOWrise: 2003 Nissan Micra K11C