They’ve got heart, attitude and rocking music. Manchester group Lowline are adding their loud, roaring tracks to this great music scene. Catching our attention with track Monitors, we knew Lowline had to be on everyone’s radar (and monitors…) So we spoke with the band not only to see what they’ve been up to, but also about their artwork, outer space, and superpowers!
AMBY: Hey Lowline, for those unfamiliar with your band, give us a little introduction!
Lowline: We are a anthemic, energetic, melodic, Mancunian New Wave rock quartet .
AMBY: Your album artwork is extremely cool. And ironically my eyes can’t stop looking at it! Where did the idea for that spring from?
Lowline: Our good mate Will Butters does all our artwork. He came up with the idea for our first single ‘Monitors’ after reading an optometry magazine from over in America. It’s actually one eye from each of us that you can see on the album image.
AMBY: We really enjoy your track Monitors! What’s your favourite Lowline song and why?
Lowline: I can only speak for myself here but off the album I would say Disko Killers purely because of the reaction it gets when we play it live. We also had a remix done by Primal Scream producer Jagz Kooner that sounds equally great.
AMBY: Where did the name Lowline come from?
Lowline: When we first started out we went under the name of Lowlife. We were at Owen Morris’ house in Wales celebrating the final mix of the Monitors single when our management contacted to us to advise that Will Heggie from Cocteau Twins had a side project of the same name. Legally we had to come up with something different and quickly. Rather than get into a long, intoxicated debate we decided it was easier to change the one letter.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Lowline: That guitar music was compulsory on mainstream radio, much in the same way French artists are given a designated portion of airtime over there. And while we’re at it everyone has to go to at least one gig a week……everyone.
AMBY: Is there intelligent life in outer space?
Lowline: Not in my opinion. There are clearly different types of bacteria and water present in some forms out there but intelligent life? I don’t think so. Although I recently watched the film ‘Moon’ by Bowie’s son so there could still be a clone of Sam Rockwell out there somewhere.
AMBY: If the band were a superhero what power would you have?
Lowline: I’m not much of a fantasist I’m afraid but I suppose a hero is someone that is continually fighting for a particular cause. So in that sense our cause is quite selfishly our belief in our own music and hopefully the power to get that across to people.
AMBY: Which three songs could be the soundtrack to your life so far?
Lowline: There are 4 of us in the band and we’ve been together since 2008 with all sorts of ups and downs so that is a tough question. Not sure about specific tracks but perhaps something by Ennio Morricone, Clint Mansell, John Murphy or Hans Zimmer-They tend to provide a decent soundscape if ever there was an unlikely demand for a Lowline biopic.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Lowline: We have recently recorded a new track featuring Nick McCabe from The Verve which is going on an EP we are planning to release this year.
AMBY: And last but not least, what’s something about Lowline that nobody knows?
Lowline: Well I think you’re the first to know about our forthcoming EP but other than that our singer Robbie plays synths for B.C. Camplight.
Thank you Lowline, for giving us your answers!