Lowest of the Low - "Powerlines" (Pheromone): One of the most popular Canadian indie rock bands of the '90s, Toronto's Lowest of the Low have performed and recorded sporadically since then. Word is that a fourth studio album Do The Right Now has been completed, and is set for release on September 8th via Pheromone Recordings.
That is excellent news for those of us who are fans of the melodic and lyrically sharp songs of mainman Ron Hawkins. He has remained prolific as both a solo artist and with his band The Do Good Assassins, even if his post-Low work has been under-appreciated.
The robust advance track "Powerlines" confirms that his skills remain sharp, while the band is typically tight. The production work of Hawkins and Revolution Recording's Joe Dunphy is also top-notch.
In a press release, Hawkins explains the origins of the song: "'Powerlines' is about my experiences writing the first Low album, Shakespeare My Butt. I had recently broken up with a long time partner and moved into a punk rock squat with some crazy characters I called friends.
"Every day I walked through the city with a notebook and drank in bars and went to galleries and shows and hung out in my little bohemian circle of anarchists, punks and poets. I became the protagonist in the movie of my life and the city was a cinematic sidekick and factored into the lyrics like a companion."
The eye-catching and vertigo-inducing lyric video is a collaboration with photographer, Tom Ryaboi, a pioneer of the art of roof topping, and it complements the song lyrics neatly.
LOTL play Guelph's Hillside Festival on July 14, and Ottawa's Hope Summerfest on July 15. The upcoming album will be launched by a Sept. 9 hometown show at The Danforth Music Hall followed by October dates in Sydney, Vancouver (with 54-40) and Hamilton.