NW MUSIC FROM ATLANTA GARAGE PUNKS LOWBANKS PREMIERES AT IMPOSE & ALT CITIZEN, THE DOGS EP OUT DEC. 9
RIYL: Skaters, Fidlar, together PANGEA, Concord America, Diarrhea Planet
Lowbanks [L-R]: Christian Self, John Graffo, Grey Duddleston
“Drugged-up, early punk revival.” – Vinyl Magazine
“A squall of grimy guitars, hazed-out vocals and hyperkinetic drums.” – Latest Disgrace
“Taking a page from the cannon of the Dead Kennedys and their early punk counterparts, Lowbanks revive gritty, classic garage punk.” – Alt Citizen
“One of the most addictive, blissfully erratic sounds you’ll hear all winter.” – Impose
Watch Lowbanks – “Treatz” (single version)
Oct. 27, 2014 — The first songs have surfaced from Lowbanks’ forthcoming EP, The Dogs (out Dec. 9), “Street Rat” premiering at Alt Citizen, who compared the band to the Dead Kennedys, and “Sleep for Days” at Impose, who praised the “hell-rallying three-piece” as “fun and frantic.”
The next band to watch in Atlanta’s always vibrant underground-punk scene, Lowbanks’ have churned out a fearless set of songs brimming with infectious, garage-rock fuzz and wildly danceable hooks, singer/guitarist John Graffo’s gruff-yet-melodic vocals tearing through the intricate drumming of Grey Duddleston and the thunderous bass playing of Christian Self.
“With The Dogs we just wanted to write some high-energy songs we could have fun playing live,” Graffo says. “We used to agonize over song structures and arrangements and shit, but these days we just play whatever feels good and sounds good.”
Produced by Trey Rosenkampff (Chief Scout, Concord America) the new EP packs an extra punch of homemade garage fervor. The band’s influences—ranging from modern garage-rock and psych-punk to early ’90s grunge and power pop—are clear, especially on standout tracks like “Treatz,” “The Dogs” and “Run Your Mouth,” which prove you can sound violent and explosive while still cranking out fun, epically catchy love songs. “When John or I come in with a riff or some lyrics, we always think we have a pretty good idea where it’s going as a whole,” Self says, “but then one of us will throw a wrench into it and change everything. It’s really fun to see where we can take things.”
Lowbanks formed in early 2013 and instantly began taking the Atlanta underground by storm. See Lowbanks live, and you’ll be an addict. Their performances are consistently thrilling, yet chill in a “good acid trip” sort of way, full of New Wave-punk weirdness, and grunge-era intensity. So what’s next for this foot stomping, mosh-inducing musical powerhouse? Besides working on a new full-length and plans to tour constantly in 2015, they’ve got mischief in mind. “As far as the future goes, I just want to keep having fun playing music with these guys and see where it takes us,” Self says, “even If I have to keep working a shit job on the side to keep doing it. We’re all having way too much fun doing this to stop.”
To set up an interview with Lowbanks, or get your hands on press passes, advance music, hi-res photos, album art or videos, contact Baby Robot publicity director Steve LaBate.