Low-Beam

Low-Beam

BandAlternativePunk

Low-Beam plays a sonic indie pop that's reminiscent of the likes of Galaxy 500, Echo & the Bunnymen, New Order & Spacemen 3 fitting snug in the midst of today's resurgence of these sounds in the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, the Arcade Fire and the Shins. www.low-beam.com

Biography

Low-Beam began operations two winters back, at the bright disintegration of the last quartet, Seratonin. CJ and the Riches reformed with the warm pieces, this time cementing the group with Jaimee on Vox keyboards and lovely lady voice. CJ had returned with Jaimee on board from 90�s Seattle, back to the old town of New London, to freshen up the place with rolling pop introspection. The northeast can be a mind load, and best to release the resin with music.

The band�s latest ep, the 6 song �Every Other Moment�, does just that. Each song burns a different color, beginning with the glowing �Stratosphere� that aches like early New Order in prolonged hazy sunset elegia. �Airstream� rocks clean, charmed with full glazed girl-boy duet and catchy choruses declaring �We�ll take the Airstream.� �Rocky Point� is the destination, an on old wooden rollercoaster ride, recovering with the gentle brooding of �Tourmaline�. �Tuffy Rhodes� offers an anthemic beacon with its choruses of �Shine in Every Other Moment� finally laid to rest with shoreline washes of �All of My Tears� (a drifting & sincere treatment of Jason Pierce�s classic from the Spacemen 3 canon). Throughout �Every Other Moment�, Low-Beam uses permutations of voice and keys, bass and guitars, passing melodies across people & instruments, in order to scrape out all varietals of turmoil and melancholy and convert them into joy and triumph. The result is a complicated formula with familiar essence for speedy absorption through the skin into a longing body.

Low-Beam is currently in the studio wrapping up work on their debut full-length with veteran producer Michael Deming (Lilys, Beachwood Sparks, Silver Jews).

File Under: Galaxy 500, Spacemen 3, Now It�s Overhead, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Arcade Fire, the Shins, Modest Mouse

On the Radio: CFRC, CKUT, CKXU, KCUR, KRVS, KVMR, WARY, WBRS, WCNI, WHRW, WLVR, WMHD, WRTC, WTJU, WFDU, KRUI, KSCL, WGSU, WRUB, WBUQ, WWUH, KFAI, WGXM, WRFM, WSJU, WICB, WXCI, WQAQ, KBGA, ACRN, WBAR

Lyrics

Parabellum

Written By: CJ Stankewich

You once said you were only offering advice
And your reach caught us in a landslide
Your interests never seem to follow mine
You’re eager to get into the shape of my heart
You said it once
You never said it twice
You walked away and I, I walked alone

What the hell’s the problem here
Why’s everybody stare
After the war

You need love like the ordinary do
You’re eager to get into the shade of my heart
You said it once
You never said it twice
You walked away
I, I walked alone
You were entirely wrong
I was entirely right
You walked away and I was fine

Set me on fire and I don’t say shit
Set me on fire and I don’t mean half as much

You were entirely wrong
I was entirely right
You walked away and I, I walked alone
What the hell’s the problem here
Why’s everybody stare
You walked away and I was fine

Set me on fire and I don’t say shit
Set me on fire and I don’t say half as much

Where did you go
What did you say
When everybody turns their head
And everybody walks away

Airstream

Written By: CJ Stankewich

I walked in and you walked out
Because I believe that I can fly

You think you’re tired but when you’re on the run
The roof caves in with everybody on
What the hell is so wrong with everybody now
The roof caves in
Let’s take her out

You think you’re clever because you’re all alone
But you’re embarrassed to be with me
You were excited for what I said
And you’re invited to come along
Get in the room where everybody’s on
Get on the roof rack cinema

You’re in a movie
Starting to dream
You found a new wreck
You found your new queen
Found her on the route where everybody’s on
Get on the roof rack cinema

I walked in and you walked out
Because I believe that I can fly

You’re in a movie
Starting a scene
You found a new wreck
You found your new queen
Found her on the route where everybody’s on
Get on the roof rack cinema

Come on
We'll take the airstream
We'll take the airstream

Dread

Written By: CJ Stankewich

When I die
My body will shed
The fever
That everyone dreads
That no one can go
Right on
We're going on

When I cry
The morning breaks
To find me here
Alone in state
And roses for my grave

All that they require
Is in this fever in the sky
You must see them wearing black
You must be them coming back

Because I know where the time goes
My wicked body reels
The last thing I remember
Exactly how it feels

When I speak
You would listen
Tears that
You've been missing
Go back
To the old ways

All that they require
Is in this fever in the sky
You must see them wearing black
You must be them coming back

Because I know where the time goes
My wicked body reels
The last thing I remember
Exactly how it feels

Discography

Every Other Moment: 6 song ep featuring Stratosphere, Airstream, Rocky Point, Tourmaline, Tuffy Rhodes, All of My Tears. Summer 2004.

Airstream b/w Dread: 7" vinyl and ltd CD single. September 2003.

Sundazed at BAR: Limited Edition Tour CD featuring live tracks of Airstream, Fathom, Tuffy Rhodes, Skullcrusher, Tourmaline, Steeplechase, AWOL. September 2003.

Fashionable Driving Songs: 6 song ep featuring Low Beaming, Parabellum, Angey, AWOL, Pleasant Street Introduction, Roses. October 2002.

Set List

45 minutes to an hour,
typical list goes something like this:

Parabellum
Stratosphere
Airstream
Skullcrusher
Rocky Point
Tourmaline
AWOL
Tuffy Rhodes
Alderaan
Dread
Steeplechase
Way Out of Line

we'll occasionally throw in a cover for good measure:
Joy Division's "Transmission", Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger", Talking Heads' "Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place)", Spacemen 3's "So Hot (wash away all of my tears)" among others