Hard to pigeonhole their eclectic sound, LOWLANDS have been compared to such diverse groups as Wilco, Whiskeytown, Soul Asylum and Green On Red. “Roots on the inside and Grunge on the outside” a French reviewer once wrote. A powerful and eclectic mix of electric & acoustic guitars, piano, accordion, pounding drums and bass.
LOWLANDS BROKE onto the European roots rock scene in 2008 with their debut album “The Last Call”, which had been written in London and recorded in Italy. Gathering strong reviews from around the world (9/10Americana UK, 4**** Maverick Magazine). The record was a Top 10 seller on the Miles of Music Portal and made the International Top 50 Roots Music Report as well as being tipped on the Euro Americana Charts on various occasions.
DURING THE subsequent two years Lowlands have toured extensively at home and abroad, playing clubs, small theatres and festivals. In 2009 the band released “EP Vol.1”, comprising of five tracks, including an astonishing cover of the GOURDS song that gave the band its name. Reactions were once again very positive (5***** from Music Review Unsigned, 4**** from Maverick and Record of the Month for Italy’s main Rock Magazine Buscadero).
Their second release, “Gypsy Child” was released in September 2010. With loving help from friends such as MIKE “SLO MO” BRENNER (Marah, Magnolia Electric Co. Badly Drawn Boy) on Lap Steel, JOEY HUFFMAN (Soul Asylum) on Hammond, RICHARD HUNTER on Harmonica and CHRIS CACAVAS (Green on Red, Giant Sand, Steve Wynn) singing, playing and mixing his heart out, The record boasts two fine duets one with the wonderful AMANDA SHIRES (also on fiddle), and the seismic “Gotta Be” with the brilliant TIM ROGERS (You Am I), who also co-wrote the lyrics to the song.
Produced by ex-Soul Asylum keyboard player Joey Huffman (who had already contributed to 2010 release Gypsy Child) Lowlands explore and explode the boundaries of what they had previously achieved releasing what is their most eclectic record. 10 brand new tracks, from punk rock to acoustic ballads, which capture the exuberance and variety of their live shows. Rock’n’folk.
The album was recorded over 6 days in Northern Italy. Featuring Lowlands’ regular guests Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner (Marah, Magnolia Electric Co.) and Harp virtuoso Richard Hunter.
The album traces the arc of the band in its darkest days and heralds the end of a story which had begun to being told with their debut album “The Last Call”.
The stunning cover shot (photo by Andy Bitterer) is a clear reference to one of the album’s understated themes: how the night is at its darkest right before dawn.
Having toured heavily throughout late 2010 and half of 2011, on return to their hometown the band splintered, with a nucleus of Abbiati, guitarist Roberto Diana and keyboard player and accordionist Francesco Bonfiglio eventually recruiting one of Italy’s best and most experienced rhythm sections Antonio Rigo Righetti and Robby Pellati (who have literally played every bar and every stadium in the country) to record the third album Beyond (released Oct 4th 2012).
BEYOND follows “Better World Coming” a tribute to Woody Guthrie recorded in downtime from the BEYOND sessions and widely praised across Europe as one of the best releases of 2012 (featured on many Radio Stations across Europe including, Ireleand’s RTE1, the BBC and Radio Popolare in Italy).
The Band will tour in Europe between October and December 2012