The band is called Lower; one third of the Copenhagen’s reigning triumvirate of punk and noise that also encompasses Iceage and Communions. I’ll be the first to admit, that with each bold and often very calculated step they make, they inch their way up in my own diary entries as being personal favorites. Lower are back – following up last summer’s LP (their 1st) – with a 5-track e.p. entitled – I’m A Lazy Son…But I’m The Only Son – and if that was not enough, they’ve invited 5 separate directors to make short films for each song – with complete control and allegedly no input from the band.
The EP is a crowning achievement for Lower – the tracks continue on from where Seek Warmer Climes leaves off, and pushes further into the abyss. I’m hearing shades of Gang Of Four, Captain Beefheart, Joy Division, and even a little earlier solo Morrissey in it’s feel – however in what is now typical Lower fashion, melodies are disembodied from song, rhythms are angular and what I misconstrued as bravado – is now a dark and ironic sense of hopelessness in front-man Adrian Toubro’s fiefdom.
The accompanying videos vary greatly from each other, both in style and fidelity. The parade opens with Dean Blunt’s take on ‘At The Endless Party’ – an almost ‘found footage’ seedy dealing scenario. “Keep Me In Mind” is a mash-up up a Taylor Swift and a Kendrick Lamar video (I bet you’ll never hear these three acts together in any constellation), “The Rack” (directed by Lasse Latz) features members of the band looking very overwhelmed and shopping in upscale fashion boutiques around Copenhagen, “Hot And Bothered” is culled together from film of American college graduation ceremonies and the films round off with “Nasty Business” (Rikrit Tiravanija) and a portrait of some lake trash bobbing around on a sunny day.
I don’t believe you’ll see any of these videos sweeping the VMAs next season, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Taylor Swift sued the pants off them for using her likeness in their clip – however, that’s not the point of this is it? The music is very much the focus still, and the music is awe-inspiring. The clips do not distract or detract in any way from what is coming across the speakers. Lower know it’s 2015 and people’s attention span is limited. Between the interesting and (upon first listen) unpredictable lean of the recordings and the backdrop of the low (or no) budget videos, Lower are effective in putting across their intentions while you listen to their wares on YouTube.
I’m A Lazy Son… is out now on Escho in Denmark – and Matador everywhere else. It’s a fine artifact for the fan of the current Danish punk scene.
Watch/listen to all the videos in a the playlist here: