EP Vol. 1
Covering a broad spectrum from roots rock, to acoustic folk passing through a few electric storms, 5 tracks to try and convince you that LOWLANDS could be your next favourite band!
“LOWLANDS” release first EP - new full length album coming in 2010
Oceanside, CA, July 31 2009:
A year after the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, roots rockers LOWLANDS are releasing the first in a planned regular series of EPs, to air live favorites, cover versions and other songs that don’t fit in with their albums for artistic reasons, yet which deserve a wider audience.
Already well into recording sessions for their second LP, the EP contains 5 tracks which serve as a bridge between “The Last Call” and the next release, to be titled “Gypsy Child” and slated for release in 2010. The songs on the EP chart the past, present and future of the band, with songs first written and recorded as long ago as the late 1990s.
Unlike the debut album, the EP was recorded and produced entirely in Italy, with no guest musicians. It features the new LOWLANDS line-up for the first time in the studio, with a replacement drummer and guitarist, and added pianist.
“Levee Man”, the opener, was originally recorded as part of the “Last Call” sessions. Ed Abbiati comments “This was almost the opening track for ‘The Last Call’.” It is earthy, elemental, raw – a precursor for the tracks that follow. “Lowlands” is a re-recording of the song that originally brought the band together, a cover version of The Gourds’ original, which will soon be appearing on a Gourds tribute album. The EP cover art, by emerging artist (and friend of the band) Cristiano Baricelli, was chosen because it reminded Ed of the ghost bride in the song.
“My Prison Walls” was written (and first recorded) in London in the 90s, and draws inspiration from poetry penned by Ed’s mother. “Lullaby” is the most recently-written song on the EP, and what began as a tribute to Ed’s newborn daughter Sara has been adopted by a major pharmaceutical company as a theme for an internal product awareness campaign, in the face of considerable competition.
“Walking Down the Street”, another that didn’t fit the flow of “The Last Call”, has evolved into a full-on rock masterpiece that stands on it’s own – the sound of a band finding it’s feet and direction. Expect more in a similar vein when “Gypsy Child” is released next year.
The EP is dedicated to the memory of Dante Speroni, father of guitarist Stefano. He was a night guard at a factory and in the mid 90s allowed Ed and Stefano to practice in the factory rooms all night. In a way the earliest incarnation of this band came from back then – in the early 90s – and his spirit lives on in the music of Lowlands.
This EP is a fine testament to the spirit that is LOWLANDS, the sound of a young band growing, maturing, and defining their unique sound. If you liked “The Last Call”, you’ll love this. If you’ve never heard of the band before, give this EP a try. Eighteen minutes of music that deserves to be on your playlist, and will remain in your head for a long time to come.