Callow / Bio

A commanding amalgam of indie art rock, driven by emotive vocals, haunting atmospheres, and gritty, poignant guitar. Red's raw contralto is reminiscent of Vic Chestnutt while Sami creates a dark, primordial landscape with the simultaneous use of keyboard, percussion and vocals.

Formed in 2009, Callow is the project of a dancer, Knowles, and singer/songwriter, Moses. The two knew each other for three years prior to making music together. After sitting in on one of Moses’ rehearsals, Knowles joined him onstage for a show the next day, and a project was born.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, the band has played all over the country and parts of Canada, and alongside many notable acts including Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession, 3MP), Greg Laswell, Elizabeth and the Catapult, Night Beats, Eternal Summers, and Bleeding Rainbow. Moses’ vocal performance on their first release, 2012’s Orb Weaver, has been compared to that of Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) and Vic Chestnutt.

Callow loves to create music that hits people in the gut. With influences ranging from Pink Floyd to Nina Simone to Pavement, its easy to see where the complexity that exists in their sound stems from. Strong vocals, minimal instrumentals, hypnotic drumming and haunting melodies define Callow’s music. The grittiness and soulfulness of Moses’ voice takes prominence in their music, begging the listener to feel emotion. His raw vocal talent forces the listener to derive meaning from the words he sings.

The title of their second album, Blue Spells , is an ode to the somber tone of the music mixed with mysterious and poetic lyrics. The album was collaboratively produced by Rob Bartleson, Yarn F Miners, and Brandon Eggleston (Modest Mouse, Tragically Hip). It was recorded live to tape on an old Tascam 38 in their home studio.

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Band Members
Red Moses, Sami Knowles
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San Francisco, CA

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