Oakland post-punk band Low Praise faces their own mortality on their new single Time Is Calling, ahead of their debut LP. You can stream Time Is Calling via Bandcamp or listen on YouTube below.
“This song is about accepting impermanence. Like a lot of folks the past few years (especially), I was riding a wave of anxiety, depression, and uncertainty of what the future was going to be like. At the time I was nearing 40, unemployed due to Covid related layoffs, filled with existential dread, and pondering what I’ve done with my life and what to do with the rest of it. I’d often wake up in the middle of the night with all of these thoughts and try to find a way to calm myself down in order to get a couple of hours of sleep. I already had the phrase “time is calling” in my head, along with the main guitar riff and vocal melody. So, I would just run through lyric ideas based around that until I’d eventually fall asleep. When we all got together to go over the song idea, we ended up fleshing out the basic structure in one night pretty much. It’s just one of those songs that felt strong and we didn’t want to overthink too much.” – Chris Stevens of Low Praise
More about Low Praise
Low Praise are an Oakland based post-punk trio whose nervous energy and chanting hooks recall late 70s post-punk acts such as The Fall and Wire. The band previously issued a pair of EPs, ‘EXPECTATION(S)’ and ‘TANNING BEDS’ recorded by Andrew Oswald (Marbled Eye).
The band’s debut full length ‘DRESSING’ (out 5/19/23) was recorded over two sessions split apart by a year of peak COVID. During this time Low Praise was forced to evolve and collaborate remotely, leading to new experimentation in sounds and structure. The band then came back together to reimagine these digital creations in their stripped down three piece live format. The end result, ‘DRESSING,’ sees Low Praise deliver their most diverse and wide reaching songs to-date, unified by themes of anxiety and helplessness that they collectively experienced during that time.
Low Praise have supported acts such as Quasi, Death Bells, Ulrika Spacek, Mint Field, The Acharis and Collapsing Scenery. ‘DRESSING’ was engineered by Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof, The Dodos), and mixed by Jason Cupp (Maps & Atlases, American Football).
‘DRESSING’ track list
Forget That It’s Summer
Time Is Calling
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