Ever wonder how well you can get to know someone over the course of an evening? In a search for some fresh ideas, our ambitious production intern began embarking on a series of evening-long journeys to profile a variety of artists from all angles, via questions and performance in one overlapping, concentrated, integrated segment we've dubbed "The Moment".
In the second installment of this hypnotic, musical series, Reuben Metzler heads to Gowanus Brooklyn to spend some time with the ambitious occupants of Providence RI's The Low Anthem
. What follows is a pretty compelling slice of everyday road life for this incredible roots/rock band - the load in, the sound check, the downtime, the candid moments, and the sold out performance. Cut here with insight into some of the mighty inspirations that drive the band, as well as news of a fresh album looming somewhere on the horizon, "The Moment" offers an intimate look at one of the most dynamic bands currently on the touring circuit. - David Pitz
The Low Anthem's unique brand of Americana makes room for gospel, folk, and blues, a blend that began taking shape in the trio's hometown of Providence, RI. Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky -- both students at Brown University, as well as late-night DJs at the school's radio station -- formed the group in 2006, drawing upon their background as classical composers to help mold the eclectic music. Jocie Adams joined one year later, and the Low Anthem began widening their arsenal of instruments accordingly, utilizing everything from World War I pump organs to crotales in the process. After making their independent debut with 2007's What the Crow Brings, the band rang in 2008 by temporarily relocating to Block Island -- a remote location 12 miles off the Rhode Island coast -- to record an album with producer Jesse Lauter. The stark, serene environment proved to be an appropriate for the music, which the band initially self-released under the title Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. As their buzz continued to build, and the Low Anthem signed a contract with Nonesuch Recordings and reissued Oh My God in 2009, supporting the release with a string of performances at summer festivals. - all music guide