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The Lower 48 / Press

“We'll kick off with a new one from the Lower 48 from their fine new six-song EP, which will be released on August 16 at the band's show at the Doug Fir. The 100-percent-terrific "That's What I'll Say" is a slice of perfect pop, complete with kaleidoscopic swirls of sunshine and Beatlesesque harmonies—not to mention that it straight-up rocks. This is what a perfect summer jam sounds like—download a hi-res MP3 of it here and rock it over and over.”

“Inspired by 60s Rock and Pop, this Portland trio features harmonies and lyricism of an era fondly remembered. With a killer male-female vocal combination (Ben Braden and Sarah Parson) and Nick Sadler behind the kit, the band aims for expanding their sound with new instrumental elements. After a few minor tweaks to the line-up and nearly a complete overhaul of their sound, these young twenty-something and pop rock'n'roll all the way. Their latest single "Setting Sun" was just released last month and I highly recommend you check it out via their Bandcamp. Don't be surprised if you hit repeat a couple times-the Beatlesque track is just a taste of what's to come later this year when the band plans to release a new album.”

Eleven PDX Magazine

“If you're feeling like you need to see more local live music, you're right—so put yourself in front of the Lower 48, whose live shows have evolved from strummy folk into fiery rock showdowns.”

Portland Mercury

“The trio epitomizes what we love about independent music; they are entertaining, rambling, and clearly love making music together. They struggled to describe their sound, finally settling on calling it “60’s inspired rock & roll” ... Maybe the only way to classify the music is to listen to it. From the opening song, the trio filled the room with their uniquely simple tunes that showed off a talent for crafting catchy harmonies that bring you back to simpler, youthful days, and it’s Parson’s haunting croon that sets the band apart from the rest.”


“... These kids have the chops and curiosity to make an impression, so I’m looking forward to hearing where they journey to next.”

Willamette Week

“... The set was almost entirely new, previously unreleased songs; putting much of the focus on the band’s new pop-influenced direction. Early on I couldn’t help but notice how encompassing the band’s sound was. ... It was full, high energy, and hard to believe only three people on a guitar, bass, and drum kit were creating it. With that, each member of the band knows how to command each of their instruments. Sarah Parson helmed the electric guitar for most the night, Ben Braden held down the bass, and Nick sparkled behind the drums and whatever additional instruments would be needed. He skillfully multi-tasked the harmonica for a handful of songs while not missing a beat on the drums ... From seeing their set and then meeting the members after the show, it’s evident that The Lower 48 are a very committed band. They live for their music and they are going to do whatever it takes so it can be heard. And from what I’ve heard so far, they are definitely on the right path to bigge”


“The Lower 48 have a new song as well; the fantastic "Setting Sun" demonstrates the sheer tunefulness of this Portland trio, a sloping, shuffling, almost Beatlesque track (with brass!) that demands repeat listens.”

Portland Mercury