Dead Low is a young band, formed in 2019. in Massachusetts(USA). They draw my attention with their excellent debut EP “Listen Up!”(check out the review here). Crobar – guitarist and lead vocalist, answered our questions.
Hello guys! How are you in these tough Covid months?
We are hanging in there, things are really starting to get bad here in the US. I think a lot of people are getting tired and starting to let their guard down. There are good days and bad days. We just gotta keep moving and get through this. Keep working every day and try to keep our sanity.
First of all, thank you for the magnificent EP! I really was impressed when I heard it! But unfortunately, I don’t have much info regarding the band Dead Low. Could you introduce us to the band? When was the band formed? What is the main idea behind Dead Low?
Dead Low was formed in the fall of 2019. It was basically started as a side project. I think the idea was to have a very low-pressure setting, with the intent to write, record, and release music. We just kind of play whatever feels right. I think if/when we are able to play shows again, we will be ready to rock. The desire to play live never goes away. It only seems more exciting with new music.
What is the story behind the name of the band? How did you come to that name?
I am a Shell-Fisherman from Cape Cod MA. Out here we live by the tides. Our work is done mostly around low tide. When the tide is at its lowest point we refer to it as “Dead Low”. One day I was digging clams, I check the time and said “it’s Dead Low now”. Then it clicked and I thought, that would be a badass band name. We all agreed and that was it. The name could be interpreted in a number of different ways so it was definitely a perfect fit.
I already wrote my opinion about your debut EP “Listen up” – it blew me away! What are the reactions of other media and fans?
So far the reactions have been great. It seems like people are into the tunes. The reviews and feedback from fans and media have been solid. A little bit of metal, a little bit of punk, a little bit of rock n roll.
In promo material unfortunately I didn’t get lyrics. So could you tell in short with the four songs are about?
“Spinning Wheels” is about being in a band and making no progress. Being burnt out playing the same old songs at the same old shows. Trying to keep moving forward but getting nowhere.
“Listen Up!” is basically just a song about being sick and tired of hearing people’s bullshit opinions. Live your life the way you want to and if anyone says otherwise fuck them.
“Battle Cries”, this one about overcoming your own personal struggles. You have to keep pushing and keep fighting the battle no matter what.
“Bloodlines”, this is a song about looking out for your friends and family. Always have their back, always look out for them. With the state of the world today, this is really what it comes down to at the end of the day.
It’s not easy to put a specific genre on your music. It seems that you have found the perfect balance between heavy metal, Oi punk, and rock music. What are you guys listening to, what are your influences?
As individuals, we all have a little bit of different taste. To name a few bands we enjoy The Clash, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Oxymoron, Lions Law, The Hellacopters, GN’R, Plasmatics, Bad Religion, Cock Sparrer, Thin Lizzy, ELO….. I could go on and on and on. We enjoy a little bit everything.
You are also playing in bands Revilers, Led To The Grave, and Fast Times. Could you introduce us to those bands as well?
Led To The Grave was formed in 2006, it is a Thrash/Death Metal band. We have toured quite a bit across the US over the years.
Revilers was formed in 2008 I believe. It is more of a Traditional Punk/Oi band. We have played a number of festivals and have done a small amount of touring.
Fast Times is the Punk band that brings all the fun to the party. I think it started right around the same time. You cant see Fast Times and not have a good time. They have played a lot of shows and done a couple of smaller tours.
This question is not easy to answer due to all this crisis – but what are your plans for the band Dead Low? Is there any chance to hit the studio again and record new stuff(I hope the answer is yes)
We have a couple of releases in the works. Our next release is one track on a compilation out on December 4th. It is called “The Leftovers: The Scene Supporting The Scene” Featuring about 30 Boston area punk bands. It’s a benefit compilation. 50% of the proceeds go towards struggling music venues in the Boston Area and the other 50% will be donated to the Boston Food Bank to help those in need. You can also keep an eye out for another EP from us in 2021.
Guys, thank you for your time to answer the questions for our magazine! Keep up with excellent work! Feel free to end this interview with a message for the people who are reading this.
Thanks for checking out this interview and Dead Low! Keep fighting the good fight and keep hanging on we are gonna get through this shit. Cheers!!!