So the only logical place to start is telling everyone about the band, because you can’t connect, if you don’t know who we are. Its important to remember when you are reading this, think eHarmony, because I am going to attempt to the woo the pants off you, so that you love my band (Could I sound any creepier?)
Hopefully, by the end of this entry, you will know who LOWRISE is and what we want to achieve. I will be so descriptive you will be inviting us round for Sunday lunch, to meet the parents and talking about how this band has changed your life and that your gonna love us till the end of time. However, I am a very poor writer, so you could end up more clueless by the time you have read this!
Shall we get on with it?
Firstly, ‘LOWRISE’ is a 5 piece, which currently takes residence in Manchester. There was a brief time we where from Stockport, but thats for another blog. Although, we rehearse and met in Manchester, we are only 3/5 Mancunian, as Angus (Guitar) is originally from a country no one has heard of, I think its called Scotland? (Me neither) and Phil (Bass) is originally from Shropshire (But its the Midlands, I don’t care what you say!)
The word ‘LOWRISE’ actually has a cool meaning. It is an oxymoron, you know what William Shakespeare was all about, a contradictory term, however we got the name from Angus, who got it from the American show ‘The Wire’ and it is something to do with crack dens? It sounds cool though.
Ultimately, ‘LOWRISE’s’ aim is to challenge the current music scene. It would be arrogant to say, we are different and we hate the stuff that is out there now, but we really don’t. As a band we want to create our own sound, adding to some of the amazing talent that is on the market now. I think my personal aim is not to be hugely successful, but be a band that inspires future generations, someone that is referred to as a major reason for starting a band. Look at Sonic Youth (a big interest to the band), maybe not the most commercially successful, but a reason many individuals picked up a guitar. That is what we want to achieve, obviously I want money, so give me your money, when I ask for it!
The ‘LOWRISE’ sound is very alternative, we have a range of different elements from indie, 80’s rock, punk and even Jazz and hip hop. However, we do have a unique ability to always find our own sound, the ‘LOWRISE’ sound, with jangly guitar riffs, smooth bass lines and driving drums. Plus I sing like a cat being strangled, so you ain’t mistaken me! As a unit we come together very well, even if we are not the greatest musically (apart from Phil, who is a genius when it comes to music and production, apparently?) We are able to perform together, which is the most important thing when creating a band. Do you gel with the other members? It is important to create a feel, a friendship, an understanding, which ‘LOWRISE’ has. You could play every note correctly, in perfect time, but if you don’t create your own feel, then what sets you apart from the other bands in the industry? However, don’t just read this, go and listen to us (www.lowrisemusic.com).
It is also important to understand, that whenever we write a song we write it to be played live. ‘LOWRISE’ wants to be remembered as a great live band, one that you remember and recount long after watching one of our shows. I am not saying we hate social media (What am I doing right now?) In fact it is a major element to any bands success these days. However, it could be argued that many of todays artists care more about this element than the actual music, it is more important for them to get a 1000 followers on twitter, rather than practice a song a 1000 times and what good is that. You need to be able to play the songs you are promoting, before getting the strangers to listen.
Our goal is to let fans find us. We want the process to be organic, by enjoying playing the gigs and interacting with the crowd, who will then, in turn, continue to listen to us and tell their friends. The industry has become so fixated on single sales, that albums and essentially live music have suffered. Gone are the days of bringing home an album and listening to every song from start to finish or getting excited to see a new band down the local working mans club. Without sounding arrogant ‘LOWRISE’ cares more about the music, I am not saying other bands don’t, but I would rather play fantastic to no one in a rehearsal room, than terrible to a crowd who only came because they want to follow the hype.
But enough about what our vision is! You want to know the band and why these university educated, sexy, funny, suave individuals want to be in music. (Did I big us up enough? I don’t think I did…. We also have big penises!)
What I will do is take each member individually and just give a brief run down of what they do and why they are so important to the band.
Joseph Taylor (Guitar/Lyrics) – He is what makes the band tick and ensures we’re all moving in the same direction, if not, I would not turn up to any gigs, but be stud in the middle of a field singing to some cows. Without Joe ‘Lowrise’ might not have been or at the very least not been the incredible force it is now. His style of play is very jangly, almost Johnny Marr esque and he is the driving force in the introduction of a electronic element into the band (Everyone loves a bit of synth, its him on Of You, Of Me).
Angus Cameron (Guitar/Lyrics) – Without Angus, I would not get my porridge oats and ultimately there would be no band, because I cant go on stage without my oats. The coolest man on the planet, other than William Shatner. The man can melt your face off one minute, with a tasty guitar lick and then make you cry like a baby in the corner with a soft, melody. Angus is very passionate about music and it comes across. He has a wide and varied range of musical interest, which aides the band as he looks to add more dimension to the ‘LOWRISE’ sound. I still don’t understand a word he says though.
Dare Ade..Adey?… Dare (Drums/Vocals) – The guy bangs the drums, he ain’t all that! Only joking… Dare is the real deal, setting us apart from any other band. He really is the heart BEAT (Drum reference, haha) of ‘LOWRISE,’ driving us forward and crafting the ‘LOWRISE’ sound. He also knows how to say a lot of words really fast, which is called rapping, which gives the band a new element and edge. Not only that, come on girls, he’s a good looking guy (Don’t get any ideas Dare). The man is the SH… (Wait! Can I swear on this?) He is the poop, an absolute privilege to work with and call a friend.
Phil Leech (Bass/Lyrics) – This guy is the brains of the band and the only one who knows anything theoretically about music, he has a piece of paper to prove it. Not only does he play a mean bass, he just knows how to apply his fingers to anything (That sounds quite rude!!!), but its true, he’s full of surprises. (He’s also from Shropshire… I tried to make a joke, I even googled it… But I couldn’t… lets move on).
Adam Mc Donnell (Singer *Debatable*/Lyrics) – What can I say about me? I am the luckiest man around. Most of the time i’m surprised I remember what my name is, never mind singing a load of lyrics which resinate with an audience, and don’t get me started on singing in tune. I just try to look good on stage, but its really difficult when I look like an ogre. Even my own mother tells me to take the family photos, so she doesn’t have to explain why shrek got into the house. I do tell a mean joke though… What do you call a train full of toffee? A chew chew train… You can have that one for free.
So there we have the band, obviously its only a brief summary, you can always come to one of our gigs and talk to us personally, I’m single by the way ladies, you may love me, ahah. OH and we have a gig at The Roadhouse on Friday 6th February, you should come down and find out more about the band, we don’t bite…. Hard! (Back to being creepy)