The Other Side of Life and Cropped Out! present:

CATHERINE IRWIN (from Louisville, member of FREAKWATER)
LOWER DENS (from Baltimore, Maryland; featuring Jana Hunter, on Gnomonsong)

Wednesday, July 27th
2100 S. Preston Street
9 PM DOORS, $6, 21 and over

(photo of Catherine Irwin by Jason Creps.)

CATHERINE IRWIN has called Louisville, Kentucky home, or at least her home base, all her life. She began performing by playing guitar in punk bands “and not caring a bit about country music,” she says. Still, the seed for her band Freakwater was inside her: “Most of the country music I heard on radio, I hated. But I loved the Carter Family, the way they would approach songs about death and dying or being saved and rejoicing the same way. That kind of music seems to age better. I can’t see myself playing punk anymore, but this kind of music I can see playing the rest of my life” (Chicago Tribune).

LOWER DENS is a band from Baltimore whose first LP, Twin-Hand Movement, was released last year on San Francisco’s Gnomonsong label. Sonically, they come from some place near new-wave, kraut-rock, post-punk, and pop. Twin-Hand Movement, specifically, is a record that incorporates those sounds to form its own. LOWER DENS formed in late 2008. Jana Hunter (guitar and vocals) needed a touring band for her solo work and found, through mutual friends, Abram Sanders (drums) and Geoff Graham (bass and vocals.) Twin-Hand Movement was made with the help of Chris Freeland (recording engineer, drummer for Oxes, proprietor of Beat Babies Studio just outside Baltimore), Chris Coady (mixing engineer with TV on the Radio, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Beach House records to his credit, proprietor of DNA Downtown studio in NYC), and Sarah Register (mastering  engineer at The Lodge in NYC, serious player in Talk Normal.) Amongst others, they cite Wire’s Chairs Missing, Chrome’s Half Machine Lip Moves, Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, Faust IV, and Snakefinger’s Greener Postures as companions and influences. LOWER DENS is indeed at once classic and of the times, sounding familiar but not dated, recalling the warmth of nostalgia but not its tiredness. LOWER DENS is coming fresh off their latest tour opening for CASS McCOMBS.

Watch LOWER DENS perform “I Get Nervous” from their NPR Tiny Desk Concert here:

Check out the Facebook invite here:


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