the Down Lowe

the Down Lowe

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the Down Lowe is a progressive, psychedelic rock band. The music has precise changes and turn-arounds, but also opens up into improvisational vamps, live. Lyrics are thought-provoking, thematic and relative on many different levels.

Biography

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Matt Lowe (Guitar, Vox)

Matt’s melodic style of guitar playing builds upon and combines several influences, including folk, classical, rock, jazz and psychedelic. In the last 10 years he has written over 30 original songs, which are thematic, both personally and universally. They carry the listener on a journey of self-examination/realization and are laden with hints of science fiction, religion and conspiracy. Matt’s goal in his playing and songwriting is to provide the vision and drive to create and deliver a live, multimedia experience that connects with the audience in a personal way, creating a lasting impression.

Matt, like his brothers, took piano lessons at an early age. He played percussion in the grade school band and was selected as the kit drummer for the school’s jazz ensemble. In high school Matt took voice lessons, performed in musical theater productions and sang in the Men’s Chorus. He started playing guitar at age 17. While studying Adventure Recreation at Ohio University, Matt began writing and formed the bands “Amosbros,” the “Guy Fawkes Explosion” and “Waydon Lowe.” He played alongside bands such as “O.A.R.,” “Moe” and “Guest.” Matt also recorded and produced (with brother Nick Lowe) the Thunder Thighs original song "NextWave", which Marvel Comics used as the theme song for the comic series "NextWave". In 2002, Matt moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue music, playing open mics with DJ and recruiting members for the Down Lowe.

D.J. Lowe (Keys)

At the age of seven, D.J. started taking piano lessons and theory and entering solo competitions in Cleveland, OH, focusing on classical and ragtime music. In grammar school he also played first chair saxophone in the school band. With a borrowed guitar and peer instructions, D.J. taught himself the acoustic guitar throughout his college years at Miami University, eventually becoming a rudimentary folkie strummer. He also banged on the synthesizer a bit. In 1998 D.J. moved to San Francisco and continued his self-taught musical education with the electric guitar and began experimenting with effects. After a few years and as many open-mic nights around the Bay Area, he found himself at the piano again, more seriously this time, for the first time in nearly 20 years. In 2004 he met Mike and introduced him to Matt. DJ took lessons from Steve Snelling and began to work, study, and experiment with different types of synthesis in 2006.

Mike Davis (Bass)

Trained on the upright double bass, Mike's slippery, syncopated style is infused with funky ghost notes and singing melodic solos. Originally from Baltimore, MD, he has studied at the University of California, Berkeley, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and Laney College in Oakland. Over his 28-year career, Mike has played nearly every major jazz venue and festival in the Bay Area, and has taught privately and led workshops. He has played and recorded with Dave Costa and the Steve Gibson Trio, among a slew of other groups.

Kevin Borges (Drums)

Active in percussion since the age of 13, Kevin attended San Jose State University on a full scholarship, majoring in Music Performance. He furthered his education in the field of music therapy at the University of the Pacific. In the 80's and early '90s Kevin performed with several different metal bands. During the late 90s, he entered the indie rock scene, playing with such bands as "Fluid," "Denial" and "20 Grit." He has shared the stage with Metallica's James Hetfield and blues' greats Mark & Larry Basquette, Steve Wolfe, and Tommy Castro. Kevin has performed with the Stockton Symphony, San Joaquin Ballet Company and at San Francisco’s Beach Blanket Babylon. Kevin joined the Down Lowe in early 2006.

the Down Lowe has shared bills with...
All One Thing (Elliot Racine), Hippie Grenade, Antioquia, Soular, Warren Teagarden, Morones, the Wandering Eyes, Juice, The Skies (Melissa Rapp), Little Bitches Band, Tell River, Boxcar Saints, Ian Shaul, Festizio, the Disconnect, On the Wing, Honeydust, With Report, Wee the Band

Discography

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Listen Up - 2006
recorded and produced by Joel Jaffe at Studio D, Sausalito, CA

tracks:
1. Listen Up
2. Eros
3. SuperYo
4. Take Me Home
5. Dialogue
6. Walking Life
7. Haystack

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Set List

the Down Lowe prefers to play 2-3 sets of 45-75 minutes in length for a show. For a one set night, we prefer to play for 60-90 minutes. If there is a white screen or a wall available behind the stage, the Down Lowe will incorporate a visual show- this must be negotiated when booking or in advance of the show date, time allowing.

here is an example of a typical 60-75 minute set with a visual show:

MK4?
Mr. Jingaling
Corporate Dissolution
Dialogue
Walking Life
Haystack
SuperYo
Rising Water
Listen Up
Lightning (in his veins)
Down Time

cover songs occasionally played:
Fearless- Pink Floyd
River of Deceipt- Mad Season
Fisherman Song- Jabbering Trout