AFTER A four year hiatus, American indie-folk and roots band The Low Anthem released their long awaited new album in June, and this month they tour Ireland and Britain, including a show in Galway.
The band, led by Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky, along with new members Florence Grace Wallis and Bryan Minto, play the Róisín Dubh on Tuesday November 22 at 8pm.
The band's new album, Eyeland, began life as a search for a new studio space and as a “vague and rather abstract” short story by Ben Knox Miller. The studio search led the band to The Columbus, a theatre in the band's native Providence, built in 1926 as a vaudeville house but closed in 2009. Its large main room, designed for maximum acoustics offered an ideal space for recording. It encouraged Knox Miller and Prystowsky to explore its sonic capabilities, experimenting with every bizarre phenomenon of sound they could find.
The resulting album, released through Washington Square Records, enjoyed critical acclaim with Uncut saying: "The very wonderful Eyeland finds them poised between the familiar and the less so…the delicate, Fleet Foxes-like reverie of their previous work… [and] by contrast, avant-noise experiments offer splintered ambience and jazzy skronk." The Line Of Best Fit declared it "a triumph of forward thinking".