10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Copenhagen’s Lower run on the same tightly wound emotional energy that drives bands like Xiu Xiu—especially on the fraught, exciting opening track, “Another Life.” There's a reason for that; singer Adrian Toubro is an admirable young soul whose conscience once took him to do service work in Africa. There he came within a hair’s breadth of being kidnapped, resulting in no small amount of questioning and introspection. Here, the quartet’s foray into classic, clanging postpunk unease is spot on. Occasional guitar tones conjure the dark, bristling angst of bands like PiL and Toiling Midgets, but with an undercurrent of hardcore punk. Lyrically, punk’s wry and acerbic roots are also at work: “Should I be shocked to the core/By your rigmarole/Your snivelling narration?” The seven-minute “Expanding Horizons” is not, as one might expect, an unnecessary indulgence; it's a powerful exorcism. Seek Warmer Climes isn’t the musical escapism its name implies, but it's indeed a journey.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Copenhagen’s Lower run on the same tightly wound emotional energy that drives bands like Xiu Xiu—especially on the fraught, exciting opening track, “Another Life.” There's a reason for that; singer Adrian Toubro is an admirable young soul whose conscience once took him to do service work in Africa. There he came within a hair’s breadth of being kidnapped, resulting in no small amount of questioning and introspection. Here, the quartet’s foray into classic, clanging postpunk unease is spot on. Occasional guitar tones conjure the dark, bristling angst of bands like PiL and Toiling Midgets, but with an undercurrent of hardcore punk. Lyrically, punk’s wry and acerbic roots are also at work: “Should I be shocked to the core/By your rigmarole/Your snivelling narration?” The seven-minute “Expanding Horizons” is not, as one might expect, an unnecessary indulgence; it's a powerful exorcism. Seek Warmer Climes isn’t the musical escapism its name implies, but it's indeed a journey.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

jyo_tirmaya ,

Very interesting & cool !!!

This band sounds like a ghost from the past ala Bauhaus especially, maybe with hints of Death In June and Christian Death. I love this kind of music and Lower does it very well. I like them much more then contemporaries Iceage who sound very punk/hardcore. ...this band has a more of a goth feel with warmer melodies, very poetic. A new generation emerges!

Hippi-Kat ,

Please don't call this Hardcore

There was a time, long ago, when this was a really promising Hard Core Band. Now they're just another band in the lump of other undistinguishable corporate rock bands. You've heard this before, there's nothing new or outstanding, elements of the Cure, VerVe Pipe, blah, blah, blah. It's a very tired, safe genre that resonates with focus groups. They got a featured write up by Apple Music editors, why I have no idea. To call this Hard Core, or say it has elements of it, reflects how banal the music scene is overall. It has no similarity to Iceage or any other band listening to its soul instead of the hallow promises of some record executive. There's nothing daring or edgy about this,it's not punk or hard core or original, it was mailed in and hopefully it will be returned to sender.

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