At Rock The Garden 2013 this week Low (who we recently did a Counting Down on) gave a performance that, according to Minneapolis’ Star Tribune, left some audience members really confused and angry. The band decided to take a risk and played a 30-minute version of the stormy drone epic “Do You Know How To Waltz?” to the thousands attending the rainy outdoor show. Now that might sound awesome to you (it does to me), but keep in mind this was during a big outdoor show opening for Silversun Pickups and Metric. As Star Tribune writer Chris Riemenschneider explains in his review of the event, between some “disgusted” audience members and other thrilled fans, “everyone was baffled.” In a new interview though, Alan Sparhawk explained and defended the band’s performance.

“It was just kind of a weird atmosphere, people coming in during the rain, not really knowing where to go. And then we found out our set had to be a little shorter than planned, to get the schedule on track. So we decided to try to do something beautiful,” Sparkhawk explained to Riemenschneider. I highly recommend checking out the full interview here. You might remember hearing Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker perform on Swans’ album, The Seer, a band known for stretching the title track of that album out to an hour or more.

Listen to Low’s Rock The Garden performance here and tell us what you think in the comments.

Comments (10)
  1. woozefa  |   Posted on Jun 18th, 2013 +3

    sounds cool to me.

  2. Meh. Wake me when they do an hour long version of My Sharona.

  3. Even as a Low fan, I think I would have liked to have had a head’s up, even if it were a tweet that day giving you some indication what to expect. With the Solid Sound Festival coming up this weekend and it leaning on experimental noise and drone with some artists, maybe they should have held that set off a week?

    • At SXSW a few years ago, Clipd Beaks improvised a bleak and terrifying 30-minute song at 4 PM on a sunny day in between a couple of good-time party bands. The crowd thinned, and the people who remained looked totally freaked. It was truly a glorious time.

  4. i really really want to hear this actually

  5. I was present at the show and heard all the loud grumbling. That said, I started confused, but after a couple minutes it became clear to me what they were doing and I steadily started to enjoy it. By the end, their dedication to putting on a truly unique experience had totally won me over.

    Low went from being a bad I really like to being one of my favorites.

  6. “Low went from being a bad I really like to one of my favourites”
    Surely this must be quote of the century?
    Are you a intelletualistic egocentricist?
    Come ON!!!

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