Combining Sonic Youth-like dissonance with a cold experimental aesthetic, Copenhagen, Denmark based four-piece Lower, though still underground, are beginning to rise on a worldwide scale. Screeching guitars, gangly basslines, and brooding drums characterize this quartet’s music, which toils in immediacy, refusing to let the listener to escape the here-and-now. So much music today is about escapism, but for Lower, it’s the opposite. “We’re not aiming for joyous or sunny tunes,” said drummer Anton Rothstein in an interview with Pitchfork last year. “Someone labeled it ‘downer punk’ and ‘depression rock.’ I don’t know if I would say ‘aggressive,’ I would rather use ‘afraid.’” he said of their EP Walk on Heads. Fear and boredom are common themes for Lower, and though these are uncomfortable ideas, they force the listener to confront them. For Lower, fear and boredom in sound are depicted by harsh, droning guitar-work and vocalist Adrian Toubro’s subversive lyrics. As far as their live show goes, the singer says “All of our shows have been static as fuck: no movement, no blood, nothing. It should be that way. There is no reason to dance or fuck around in a pit.” The Danish band have managed to make their way to North America for a tour that will land them at the Tralf on Wednesday (June 19).
– cory perla
7pm The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860 / tralfmusichall.com) $10