Lower – “Another Life”

The excellent Danish punk band Lower are part of the same Copenhagen scene that produced Iceage and Vår (as well as Marching Church and Sexdrome, among others). Based only on the few higher-profile names I’m familiar with, it’s probably as good a scene as any in the world right now. If Iceage is the band that broke down the doors, Lower is poised to charge right through them: The two groups will tour North America together later this year, and sometime this fall, Lower will release their debut LP. “Another Life” is a new single from the band, and it’s a demon. The charging tribal drums hold down the wiry, violent guitars, while vocalist Adrian Toubro screams and slinks like Guy Picciotto or Mark E. Smith. At one point, Toubro sings, “Without help … you’re nothing,” echoing the title of the Iceage’s recent album, which would be a kind of cool link, if not a coincidence. And it’s probably not a coincidence: Along with the tour announcement, Lower revealed on their site that the two bands would be releasing a limited split 7″ “with our friends in Iceage featuring two interpretations of each other.” Just another reason to be in attendance. Check out the excellent “Another Life” plus all Lower’s North American tour dates below.

Lower North American tourdates:

06/01 – Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (Chaos In Tejas)
06/02 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain (Chaos In Tejas) (w. Iceage)
06/03 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s (w. Iceage)
06/04 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia (w. Iceage)
06/05 – Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic (w. Iceage)
06/06 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s (w. Iceage)
06/07 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar (w. Iceage)
06/09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (w. Iceage)
06/10 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone (w. Iceage)
06/11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (w. Iceage)
06/12 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel (w. Iceage)
06/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside Music Festival) (w. Iceage)
06/15 – Toronto, Ontario @ NXNE Music Festival
06/16 – Toronto, Ontario @ NXNE Music Festival
06/17 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Babylon (w. Iceage)
06/18 – Montreal, Quebec @ Il Motore (w. Iceage)
06/19 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall (Studio stage)
06/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class (w. Pleasure Leftists)
06/21 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (w. Pleasure Leftists)
06/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 6119 (w. Pleasure Leftists)
06/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w. Pleasure Leftists)

The “Another Life” single is coming out via Escho.

Tags: Iceage, Lower