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Duluth, Minnesota, United States (1993 – present)

Low is a slowcore band formed in Duluth, Minnesota, United States in 1993, by Alan Sparhawk (guitar and vocals), Mimi Parker (drums and vocals) and original bassist John Nichols (bass guitar). Zak Sally replaced Nichols after Low’s first album and tour. In 2005, Sally quit the band; Matt Livingston replaced him shortly thereafter. In 2008 Steve Garrington took over on bass creating the current lineup of Sparhawk, Parker and Garrington.

Their music is commonly described as “,” a subgenre characterised by slow tempos and arrangements. They are one of the earlier bands to adopt and popularize the style, making them considerable contributors to the slowcore movement. (It is worth noting that the band dislikes this label. In an interview Alan Sparhawk says of descriptions of their music: “What’s the cheesiest? Slow-core. I hate that word. The most appropriate is anything that uses the word minimal in it, but I don’t think anybody’s made one up for that”) Parker and Sparhawk’s striking vocal harmonies represent perhaps the group’s most distinctive element.

The band formed in the spring of 1993. Sparhawk had been playing in the Duluth, Minnesota, band Zen Identity. That band needed a new bassist, and Nichols was recruited. At that time, Nichols was a senior at Superior Senior High School in nearby Superior, Wisconsin, and bassist in the band Lorenzo’s Tractor.


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  • Nimbie

    I love the fact they covered Jandek

    Yesterday 8:38pm Reply
  • interhole

    does it get any lower

    31 Jul 4:11pm Reply
  • Nessyliz

    Low makes beautiful music. If you like beautiful music, this is the band for you.

    28 Jul 4:29am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    I Could Live In HOPE!

    7 Jun 3:47am Reply
  • DrSlump7

    The harmonic chemistry in their voices is so fantastic. Possibly, the greatest harmonies are from Low.

    5 Jun 1:07am Reply
  • felipelordao

    Why everything that is good now the people label as indie rock? No! stop this...

    29 May 8:03pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    ~ The best band in the whole damn land

    27 May 11:09pm Reply
  • helvettt

    Sometimes Low make me want to get depressed again. [2]

    21 May 6:03am Reply
  • NeilTheRockGuru


    6 May 4:04pm Reply
  • Shubth

    I could live in hope.. <3

    6 May 3:06am Reply
  • Cobrame

    Discovered this band from 'Pitchfork 500' book I got as a gift. I fell for the sound of 'Words' and have been listening ever since. While many bands try to get your attention with LOUDNESS and SPEED- Low do the opposite, living up to their namesake. Some Low songs make me think of David Lynch films, for example 'Words' sounds like a song that would be played in in a Twin Peaks dive.

    3 May 3:56pm Reply
  • taurinvenus


    19 Apr 1:22pm Reply
  • ll-ll-ll

    indie rock?? hahahahaha please…

    5 Apr 12:51am Reply
  • melodymann

    i love that slowcore but the great destroyer's indie rock is something i must appreciate too

    18 Mar 11:45am Reply
  • bkelleher

    they really take all your bad feelings and turn them into good bad feelings

    8 Mar 3:07pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    Sometimes Low make me want to get depressed again.

    27 Feb 8:16pm Reply
  • MaDCooL4ever

    Do You Know How To Waltz?

    20 Feb 9:47pm Reply
  • JoseRaulCortes

    I love how the amount of plays always increases during the winter. [2]

    6 Feb 6:48am Reply
  • Boris85Britva

    Медленнее... Ещё медленнее... Вот так, да.

    12 Jan 10:54am Reply
  • Lens_Lissener

    Just heard Low played on the Christmas episode of TOWIE. Bizarre.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
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