Low Moon Low spoke with AMBY about their favourite tracks, how their name sounds like a “dodgy Chinese restaurant”, and how a band member plays the oboe! Recently releasing their first official single Calm Now, there was much to discuss with this skilled band. So have a read to get acquainted with the band, and thanks once again Low Moon Low, for giving AMBY your answers!
AMBY: Hi Low Moon Low, what’s the band been up to lately?
Low Moon Low: Hi Alicia, the last month has been about hanging in our rehearsal base in Shadwell, piecing together our live set, writing new material and making a video.
AMBY: How did Low Moon Low come to be?
Low Moon Low: Low Moon Low, as we currently find ourselves, is the product of a number of chance encounters and one lasting friendship. It began in Bristol outside a bar many moons ago (pun intended), where Lawrence and Ollie met, conspired, and decided to start a band which resulted in a songwriting partnership. It moved to South East London where our bass player Iraklis was recruited, courtesy of a hand drawn poster posted in the corridors of Goldsmiths College. We met our drummer, Gordon in London as well – he’s actually from Edinburgh though.
AMBY: What’s your personal favourite track you’re produced thus far?
Low Moon Low: With each track we record, music and lyric are getting stronger – the material we’re releasing this year is the closest we have got to forming a sound which represents each member of our band faithfully. Its quite dangerous to have favourites as that kind of feeling can be lead by an unhealthy egotistical attachment to a certain song which might end up with you feeling that its ‘yours’ or that it provides you with a moment to stand out – we work really hard to rid ourselves of these trappings.
AMBY: What’s the inspiration behind the name Low Moon Low?
Low Moon Low: Mainly symmetry, also sounds a bit like a dodgy Chinese restaurant, which we like. We also enjoy people mishearing our name – favourite yet has been ‘Yo Man, Yo!’
AMBY: Your first official single Calm Now will be out June 3rd. What was the best moment you had while recording the track?
Low Moon Low: Not sure, it was quite a long drawn out process so its quite hard to pin down one specific moment, however during the sessions we drunk a lot of loose leaf Darjeeling tea, which is absolutely mega, it became a bit of a ritual before doing takes.
AMBY: What can we expect from Low Moon Low in the near future? Aside from the single, of course!
Low Moon Low: Playing a handful of shows in London in June and July including our launch party at an old gearbox factory called Total Refreshment Centre for the single which is going to be ace. There is also more recording to be done as there are many, many new songs.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Low Moon Low: The Cleaners from Venus album ‘Midnight Cleaners’. Its a home recorded LP made in 1982 by a man who lived by himself in a converted stable. It sounds like he is staying up till the early hours just looking out of his window. A friend also recently introduced us to a band called Bare Pale who are great.
AMBY: How would you describe each band member in one word?
Low Moon Low: Gordon- Precise, Lawrence- Philosophical, Iraklis- Funky, Ollie- Impulsive.
AMBY: If you could tour with anyone, who would you choose?
Low Moon Low: Neil Young is touring with Crazy Horse in Europe and UK this Summer for the first time in a very long time, that would be amazing, hanging with Neil.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year, so far?
Low Moon Low: MONEY, Bluebell Fields single. They’re a Bella Union band, and they’re spectacular live – the music is really ecstatic. Looking forward to the album.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Low Moon Low that nobody knows yet?
Low Moon Low: Ollie plays the oboe..
Thank you Low Moon Low, for giving us your answers!