Thursday, December 12, 2013

Low Bow -- Dig! The Guilt

I gotta say, lesson planning takes time and I just spent the last 6 hours preparing two extremely badass lessons about South Africa and Nelson Mandela. So unfortunately I'm going to have to give Dig! The Guilt shorter shrift than it deserves.

It's also extremely unfortunate that Low Bow is the last on the list of East Asian punk acts that Gui Gui Sui Sui recommended to me. I've really enjoyed listening to the most joyous and vibrant garage rock I've heard anywhere, and Low Bow is no exception.

Much like Gui Gui Sui Sui, Low Bow is a British expat who has found himself churning out intensely distorted punk in Shanghai. This stuff is so gritty you feel like you need to scrub beneath your nails. Does anyone truly know the loneliness and isolation of an expat? (Well, other than the guys who invented the blues -- strangers in their own land.) Dig! The Guilt is full of howling men and screaming guitars. You may not be able to tell the difference sometimes. And that's how it should be.

Low Bow -- Bandcamp

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