Monday, April 25, 2011

More good press

Somehow in the big mess of things between finishing the demo, writing new songs and getting those sexy new pins made, we missed another bit of awesomely random (and randomly awesome) press about our band. The fabulous and apparently British site, Chybucca Sounds, found our little single on the internet just like Heavy Planet and The Soda Shop did, and wrote a review of their own as well. What's more, they liked it!

"Recorded and mixed in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Low Man’s early rugged sound mirrors their Californian stoner cousins. Inspired by the likes of Kyuss (among others) the driving quartet’s sound would benefit from the secretive spell that the rustic Rancho de la Luna studios casts over its inmates; especially the raw and moody fuzz of ‘Snake Farmer’ – a track that would flourish in the Mojave heat."

We could not possibly agree more about the Rancho de la Luna thing either--definitely a dream of ours. Just standing in a room with Josh Homme would probably put Luke into a coma, and maybe Dave Catching even has a fuzz pedal that J.z. could borrow. Plus, Dave Grohl just comes with the price for studio time, right?

Seriously though, a huge thanks to Chybucca Sounds for the insanely nice words from all the way across the pond. Maybe if we ever get our asses to the UK in like... a decade, we can meet up over a couple pints of Strongbow.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pin-heads

The show last night at Gooski's was, as expected, awesome as all hell. Moonrises was the goddamn jam, Driphouse and Carl Calm taught Luke a bunch about noise, and, of course, Chrononaut are some of our favorite dudes in the city (and would be even more if they'd just play a goddamn Kiss cover already). Major thanks to everyone that made it out to get down to some of our new jams late into the night. We even saw some fist-pumping to Last of the Rat Kings. Hell yeah.


Best of all, we finally got some merch! Pins! Before the show started, Pittsburgh's Preferred 1" Pin Producer, Rachel Recalcitrant, came struttin' down Brereton Street with a ziplock bag full of 100 brand new pins in three different designs that J.z. made, so now we've got swag for you to show of your Low Man love. They're fifty cents each, so if you'd like to have one (or all three!) just come to our next show or ask one of your friendly local Low Man sales representatives and we'll get them to you! Evan's got a handful and J.z.'s got the rest of the bag and both of them have bikes, so we guarantee delivery in less than an hour. Or at least a week. Guaranteed service with a goddamn smile.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

No big

Ooohhh shit, the show of the goddamn century is coming up real soon, and no I don't mean Mogwai (though that's gonna kick total ass too). You know what I'm talking about, and it's happening FRIDAY NIGHT! You wanna know how hard this shit is gonna go off?


Yeah, check that the fuck out. Our shit is a Pittsburgh City Paper Editor's Pick for this week. No big, just totally one of the best shows going on in the whole entire city this week that you should totally be checking out and what-not. It's not that important, except that if you miss it you'll feel like a real idiot when your fucking boss is talking about it the next morning. Your boss. He drives a Corsica and smells like Doritos, and even he had his shit together enough to show up at this banger to end all bangers. Jesus, you're never gonna get promoted like this.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"New Band to Burn One To"

It appears that we are pretty cool. At least some small cross-section of the internet beyond us thinks so. Namely the cross-section of the internet that likes stoner rock, which is exactly the kind of cross-section we hoped might think we're pretty cool.

The stoner rock-centric blogs, Heavy Planet and The Soda Shop listed Low Man as yesterday's "New Band to Burn One To" and we seriously could not be more flattered. And confused. Just because we have no idea how they found us, short of just clicking randomly through all the horrible shit that is on Bandcamp--and if that's the case and they ended up still liking us after slogging through all that other nonsense, we really have to tip our hats to them. Their thoughts?

"These guys have something good going on and show a promising future. They have that whole hard rock, desert rock, and anything Josh Homme has/is involved in. Hit them up on Facebook and their other sites and show em some love."

Short and sweet. And then they embedded our new two-song demo for people to check out as well. And the best part was that people we don't even know went ahead and Liked that shit on Facebook. No matter how minor the whole thing is, it is so awesome a feeling to have someone notice your shit and like it, especially when it's just some random person on the internet who has no good reason to like you short of the actual quality of your shit. So thanks, Heavy Planet and The Soda Shop, we appreciate the love and our first bit of press!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 22nd @ Gooski's

It's actually been almost a month since we played a show and that's kind of hard for us to believe. But we've been working on a bunch of new songs that you'll totally flip your lid for, and we've got just the place for that lid-flippin' to go down. We'll be playing at Gooski's in Polish Hill on Friday April 22nd with one of Pittsburgh's finest stoner rock bands around, Chrononaut, as well as psych-prog band Moonrises out of Chicago, and Carl Calm & Driphouse, two electro/noise acts by way of Brooklyn and North Carolina.


This show is going to be so seriously off the motherfucking chain that we made two different flyers for it. The first one up there is J.z.'s and is for hanging around town and at his job where the squares might bust a vein if they saw the second down there, courtesy of Mike from Chrononaut. That one gives you a little better of an idea as to how goddamn rock 'n' roll this shit is going be; it speaks the truth, hard and loud, just like our jams and our dicks, baby.


It's a 21+ show, so grab your fake IDs and get your ass to Polish Hill. We know damn well we don't have any fans old enough to actually get into this shit legally.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Two songs!

The time has come: the internet, whether it likes it or not, now officially has some Low Man all up in its shit. Musically, speaking. It ain't perfect, but it's done and at least you can hear what the hell we sorta sound like now and then decide how much you hate us. I mean, you can give us that much, right?


Check out our Bandcamp to take a listen to the two tracks we've got recorded, and download them too! And if you like 'em, Like 'em (Facebook-style, there's a button there!) so that we can pretend that we've actually got some fans and shit. We've got thirty-three now, according to our Facebook page, so show us what you're worth! We're needy. Let us feel your love, all warm and wet up inside us.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Demo-lition

Right now, at this exact moment, the Low Man demo is being mixed in our secret lair in uptown Pittsburgh. Well, maybe not at this exact moment. Luke and Byers could be outside on a smoke break, or, perhaps, making out. And plus, depending on when you read this, the whole thing could be finished. In fact, you might be listening to the demo already by the time you're reading this. You might be listening to it at the exact same time as you are reading this.

So never mind that.

Suffice it to say, the demo is being finished. Finally. It'll be up on our brand new Bandcamp as soon as we can get it there, and we'll try to get it up on Facebook as well, just for convenience's sake. And if it sounds good, we'll even package that shit right up and sell it to your dumb ass even though you can just listen to it on the internet. Don't worry, we'll throw in an extra song or two, and there will probably be boobs involved too; you'll get your money's worth. We'd never play ya like that, baby.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Aviary is dead! Long live the Aviary!

Bad news.

Ugh, it kills us to write this, too, because we just got done writing in our last post about how much we love playing basement shows, especially at places like the Aviary. But so it goes, the Aviary is no more, by order of the City of Pittsburgh. Something about noise and alcohol and whatever other bullshit they can think of because they're in charge and we aren't. Fuck.

Suffice it to say, the show on April 15th (and the one on the 23rd as well) is pretty much cancelled. We're looking for another place to have it, but the whole point of the Aviary was about having a space where there wasn't any others--right in the heart of Oakland where young people actually live. So it seems unlikely that we'll actually be able to find anything. Sorry guys.

But we're not going down quietly. J.z. just sent a letter to the editor of both the Post-Gazette and the City Paper, hoping that we can be heard. This whole thing is nonsense when there are frats up the street where girls have to watch their drinks and fights break out in the street. And yet the city turns a blind eye because that's "all just part of college." We want to have a positive community space for music and it's a problem? Fuck that. Here's the letter:

Just last week, Scott Mervis wrote an article about the new face of Pittsburgh music, and mere days later, one of the best and most welcoming spots for making independent music in the heart of the city has been served a cease and desist.

"The Aviary" is a row home on Ophelia Street in South Oakland and those who live in the house are now being threatened with fines and jail time pending investigation. What the city has demanded to be shut down was a biweekly music night, an open mic of sorts, that invited artists from all around town to play in their basement. Everyone was welcome, from classical guitarists to punk bands. What developed at the Aviary was a community of music, one that was inviting and positive. A recent article in the Pitt News will tell you as much.

Yes, it got loud. Just as loud as any other parties in South Oakland do each week. But unlike many of those parties, the Aviary has never had an issue with violence or drug use or even public drunkenness. After a single noise complaint, this communal hub for music is being wiped off the city's radar. Never mind the bands that got their start there over the past year of its existence; bands that now regularly play around town and are the future of Pittsburgh's ever-struggling music scene that Mr. Mervis wrote about. Never mind the attendees of the music nights who were given a safe, welcoming place to celebrate the music of their peers. Never mind the entire concept of a music community and what it can provide for this city.

I understand the issues of noise, the problems of student drinking; but those exist with every party, and in driving through South Oakland, the Aviary was no louder or more raucous than any other house on a weekend night. It was a safe place, a sanctuary for creativity that now must close, while a blind eye is so often turned to problem places just blocks away. There is no outlet for music in Oakland like this, with such a long proud history of punk houses just south of the Boulevard where music could be made and heard, it breaks my heart that another one must pass in its prime.


Don't give up the ship. Sorry to the Aviary, but we'll keep this motherfucking dream alive somehow.

R.I.P.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 15th @ The Aviary

We're heading back to that little basement in South Oakland, this time in support of a roots country/white soul band from Columbus, Ohio called Steamboat. We love playing basement gigs, probably more than bars or anything else, and the Aviary is a great one. It's a more intimate kind of venue, right up in the faces of the people there listening; a place where no matter your sound, it is presented directly to the people. Whether they like it or not.


There is an intensity in that, one that can't be found anywhere with a sound man and seating and lights. So we're really excited to be back and playing with some great bands including Legs Like Tree Trunks, who are opening for Ke$ha (go figure that one out), at Bigelow Bash this year, and of course, Sleepy V, our lovely hosts as always. We hope you can make it, and that you bring along a case of PBR too, because what's a South Oakland house party without a whole fuck-ton of everyone's favorite piss-in-a-can?