Low, Gaité Lyrique, Paris, 2nd December 2011 : when simplicity equals greatness…

Once more, an artist or band seen twice within the same year after Bill Callahan next week. But a bit different this time as I had seen Low in spring as opening act of Mercury Rev and really wanted to see them back for a longer show as I had been very much impressed the first time. So back to the black cube of the Gaité Lyrique! No great change as one can imagine vs. May show but still this fascinating minimalism surrounding the band : Alan Sparhawk is the driving force here singing majority of the tracks and being in charge of giving these beautiful guitar sounds to our ears, his wife Mimi Parker is clearly the strength of the band as she is the one setting the rhythm on drums (clearly inspired by Moe Tucker from the Velvet Underground…) whereas current bass player Steve Garrington follows nicely and with a great sense of felling the tempo given by the lead couple.

I really recommend this band and their music to anyone looking for calm, beauty, authenticity with a sense of great rock’n’roll at the same time. Their latest LP “C’mon” is one of their best and will surely be amongst our best of the year list. Alan does not talk a lot but is quite funny when he does as he was looking to help us with ideas solving any potential problems we may have and thanked us for our love…and money (“helping next generation”)!

One thought on “Low, Gaité Lyrique, Paris, 2nd December 2011 : when simplicity equals greatness…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s