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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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  • GrantSaylor

    new album in september

    19 May 6:50pm Reply
  • sls

    Have they done any good records since Things We Left In The Fire? Serious question, haven't listened to them in quite a while.

    16 May 10:25am Reply
  • ferocodile

    Beautiful music

    12 May 7:34am Reply
  • AtmoScarab

    Music for hibernation [2]

    5 May 6:42pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    so her indiscretions to her husband disgusted me . . . . i'd take three days off of a full schedule > > >fly to MN . . . "where's your wife?" . . . . on the road with a band in Canada . . . WHAT?!@

    14 Mar 3:31pm Reply
  • DamnationAngel1

    That's how you sing Amazing Grace

    9 Feb 1:18pm Reply
  • KillYourselff

    Хочется плакать.

    9 Feb 10:49am Reply
  • cube_teh_reaL

    how is it even possible that do you know how to waltz isn't no1 in their charts

    13 Jan 2:50pm Reply
  • naturalway

    slowcore? post-rock? obviously suicidecore

    10 Jan 10:56pm Reply
  • Debaser987

    Any haters of Dave Fridmann's production, listen to how he slowly opens up the stereo field in "Cue the Strings." He uses sonic motion to mirror a sunrise through the whole song, finally cresting on that final high tonic chord Mimi and Alan hit. Bloody beautiful. Bloody brilliant.

    5 Jan 12:11am Reply
  • twomarius

    time for that christmas album :D

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • helvettt

    they really take all your bad feelings and turn them into good bad feelings [3]

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • aninalu

    Music for hibernation

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Cobrame

    Low is not freaking "indie rock"! They are "minimalist rock"!

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • pennyroyal77

    they played a beautiful song last night on the setlist its called "No Comprende" but i can't find the song anywhere ugh

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Guido_Anselmi

    DRONE NOT DRONES: The Live 28-hour Drone, Minneapolis 2014 with two compositions by Low. flac: mp3:

    5 Oct 2014 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    Well said, Alhadis.

    28 Sep 2014 Reply
  • NightEndDay99

    PRETTY PLEASE hit me up with a message if you have 2-3 extra tickets (I'd even take just 1 if that's all I can get) for the LOW/SLOWDIVE shows in DC, NY or PHILLY! I absolutely love both bands & am willing to drive to whichever location to see the two together. You will make an awesome new friend, be forever loved & karma will bless your life! :P Both bands are on the first page of my library. I even own vinyl copies of Slowdive's Souvlaki, Low's Drums and Guns & C'mon (would love to own Low's Things We Left In the Fire)...So needless to explain any further how much I love these two bands and why I am in DIRE NEED of these tickets. It would really be a monumental cornerstone of my life & would mean the world to me! In all seriousness, I would cherish the memories of this show my entire life. so if you do have any tickets to this show that you need to get off your hands, this is the perfect guy to sell em to! Hell, I'd sell em to me! :) Change a guy's life why don't ya! <3

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    Данный сабж люблю слушать в рандомном порядке.

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    I love the fact they covered Jandek

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
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