Lower Dens are over for a three-date Irish tour next week and we’ve a couple of tickets for their Dublin gig to give away.
Swarming guitar fuzz, bass waves, Jana Hunter’s voice, and insistent drum throbs are the core components of Baltimore’s Lower Dens. Hunter, sometimes known for intimate, ghost-heavy weird-fi, is now writing and playing with a group that might get filed as new wave, or drone pop, or post-punk. With due deference to her solo work, we’re very glad.
The swarming wave-throb, coupled with Hunter’s lyrics and redolent, charred voice, wrecks. The band’s second album, Nootropics (pronounced No-eh-tro-pics), is an ambitious work, and it delivers — heavily metaphorical, the symmetries and concordances of the lyrics run deep; the luminous lines of the music converge at a point in a future just out of view. Lower Dens has made music that reconciles fear and uncertainty by freeze-framing it and turning it into a thing of beauty.
Nootropics was engineered in Benton Harbor, MI at Key Club Recording with producer Drew Brown [whose engineering credits include Radiohead, Sandro Perri, Beck, and Blonde Redhead] and completed in Baltimore, MD.
If you’d like a chance to win a pair of tickets just send an email with LOWERDENSTICKETSPLEASE as its subject to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Thursday, December 13th
POD Presents Lower Dens The Grand Social, Liffey Street, Dublin 8pm, Saturday 15th December Tickets €16 (inc. booking fee) available from Ticketmaster and usual outlets.
Lower Dens also play Auntie Annie’s in Belfast on the 14th and COrk Opera House on the 16th