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Formed: 1993 in Duluth, Mi
Active: '90s, 2000s, 2010s Major
Styles: Sadcore, Slowcore, Alternative/Indie Rock Major
Members: Mimi Parker, Alan Sparhawk, Zak Sally, Matt Livingston Representative
Albums: "A Lifetime of Temporary
Relief: 10 Years of B-Sides & Rarities", "Owl (Low Remixes)", "One More Reason to Forget" Representative
Songs: "Over the Ocean", "Immune", "Immune"

UPC Type Title
796441815319 Vinyl Christmas
098787090529 CD C'Mon
4897028490991 (i) CD C'Mon
098787090512 Vinyl C'Mon
646315517224 CD Curtain Hits the Cast
646315517217 Vinyl Curtain Hits the Cast
098787073621 CD Drums & Guns
098787073614 Vinyl Drums & Guns
098787064322 CD Great Destroyer
4995879235850 (i) CD Great Destroyer
5050159820627 (i) CD Great Destroyer
098787064315 Vinyl Great Destroyer
646315517521 CD I Could Live in Hope
646315517514 Vinyl I Could Live in Hope
718752038126 CD In the Fishtank
098787103021 CD Invisible Way
098787103014 Vinyl Invisible Way
646315517125 CD Long Division
646315517118 Vinyl Long Division
098787080179 Vinyl Santa Is Coming
796441802128 CD Songs for a Dead Pilot
796441802111 Vinyl Songs for a Dead Pilot
4024572372187 (i) Vinyl Songs for a Dead Pilot
796441804627 CD Things We Lost in the Fire
796441804610 Vinyl Things We Lost in Fire
796441805228 CD Trust
796441805211 Vinyl Trust
718752059992 DVD You May Need a Murderer

Biography: Formed in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1993, Low were perhaps the slowest of the so-called "slowcore" bands -- delicate, austere, and hypnotic, the trio's music rarely rose above a whisper, divining its dramatic tension in the unsettling open spaces created by the absence of sound. Initially comprised of the husband-and-wife team of guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk and drummer/vocalist Mimi Parker along with bassist John Nichols, Low began as an experimental reaction to the predominance of grunge. Shimmy Disc producer Kramer soon invited the group to record at his Noise N.J. studios, and the resulting demos earned them a deal with the Vernon Yard label.

After reentering the studio with Kramer, Low emerged with their 1994 debut, I Could Live in Hope, a beautiful set spotlighting the trio's hauntingly minimal aesthetic -- even Parker's drum set consisted of only a snare and a hi-hat. Nichols exited the group prior to 1995's lovely Long Division, recorded with new bassist Zak Sally. A subsequent appearance on the Joy Division tribute A Means to an End was later expanded into the following year's Transmission EP, a five-track set also featuring a rendition of Supreme Dicks' "Jack Smith." With new producer Steve Fisk behind the boards, Low returned later in 1996 with The Curtain Hits the Cast. The Songs for a Dead Pilot EP followed in 1997 and marked Low's debut with their new label, Kranky, for whom they also released the critically acclaimed Secret Name in 1999. The late '90s also saw them issue Owl (Low Remixes) and the Christmas mini-album, which featured a cover of "Little Drummer Boy" that became a minor hit when it was featured in The Gap's holiday season commercials in 2000.

The band's brilliant Things We Lost in the Fire arrived on Kranky in 2001, with the darker, more subdued Trust coming the following year. Two years later, the B-sides/rare tracks collection A Lifetime of Temporary Relief appeared on Low's own Chairkickers Music imprint. For their seventh full-length album, 2005's The Great Destroyer, Low moved to Sub Pop, where they remained for 2007's politically charged Drums and Guns and 2011's C'mon, the latter of which marked the debut of bassist Steve Garrington. In 2013, Low's 20th anniversary year, the group released The Invisible Way, which featured production from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi