Low Praise Announce Debut Album, “DRESSING”
Oakland-based post-punk trio Low Praise has announced the release of their debut LP, DRESSING, due out on May 19, 2023.
Low Praise’s first full-length album was recorded over two sessions split apart by a year of peak Covid, forcing the band to evolve and collaborate remotely, leading to new experimentation in sounds and structure. The end result, DRESSING, sees Low Praise deliver their most diverse and wide-reaching songs to-date, unified by themes of anxiety and helplessness that they collectively experienced during that time.
To give fans a taste of what to expect, Low Praise has also shared the album’s first single, “Forget That It’s Summer.” The song was the first the band wrote together during the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic, during a time of shared fear, anxiety, and loneliness. As a band that had always jammed stuff out in person and worked off that energy, “Forget That It’s Summer” was originally composed through chopping up loops, file sharing, and experimentation. The song was built as a weird loop construct with a ton of layers, mostly as a way to still make something, anything together during that self-imposed separation. The band then reconstructed it as a stripped-down live band version once they could finally get together again.
Talking about the single, Warren shared,“‘Forget That It’s Summer’ was the first song we wrote together during the Covid depths, during our shared peak fear, anxiety and loneliness. As a band that had always jammed stuff out in person and worked off that energy this song was originally composed through chopping up loops, file sharing and experimentation. We actually built a complete version of this song as a weird loop construct with a ton of layers, mostly as a way to still make something, anything together during that self-imposed separation. We then reconstructed it as a stripped down live band version once we could finally get together again. So I think you kind of still hear that in the song that it was born from a pretty different process.”
“Thematically, this was a period where I think we were all mega-bumming and at the same time getting the immense appreciation and perspective for all of the little things you take for granted in normal life that we all lost access to during that period. Just being able to see your friends, make music together, have physical contact with the people you love. It was a period of forced reflection and forced appreciation. All put to a dance groove for some reason,” explains Low Praise’s Warren.
Watch Low Praise’s “Forget That It’s Summer” below
Low Praise’s nervous energy and chanting hooks recall late 70s post-punk acts such as The Fall and Wire. The band previously issued a pair of EPs, EXPECTATION(S) and TANNING BEDS recorded by Andrew Oswald (Marbled Eye). The band has supported acts such as Quasi, Death Bells, Ulrika Spacek, Mint Field, The Acharis, and Collapsing Scenery.
DRESSING was engineered by Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof, The Dodos) and mixed by Jason Cupp (Maps & Atlases, American Football). The album features a total of ten tracks, each showcasing the band’s unique blend of driving post-punk rhythms, melodic hooks, and introspective lyrics.
DRESSING Track List
Forget That It’s Summer
Time Is Calling
Low Praise are also scheduled to perform at Ivy Room in Albany, CA, on May 5th, 2023, with Hammered Huls & Rip Room as well as at Thee Stork Club in Oakland, CA, on June 10th, 2023, with Juicebumps & Hits.
For more information on Low Praise, visit their website here.