How did Lowheart come together in the first place?
Simon and I met at art school and, with a mutual love of rock music, we began writing and recording music together as Wilful Damage. We recorded three demo albums and performed live as a duo and with a band. In 2014, we changed our name to Lowheart and have since released four albums.
Tell us about your 2019 album, Gravel or Gold. What is the story behind it? What inspired it?
For our fourth album, we wanted to continue in a similar vein to its predecessor, Lost and Found, but with a slightly harder edge veering towards the hard rock of our debut record, Act on Impulse. A wide variety of sounds and styles emerged, with many sonic influences and lyrical inspirations.
How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it?
The overall feel we were going for on this album was classic rock. We combined the hard rock of Act on Impulse, with the alt-country sounds of Long Hard Road. As more varied sounds such as punk, folk, ballads, prog and even doo-wop started emerging during the recording, it became clear that Gravel or Gold was a classic rock record.
What’s next for Lowheart?
We are currently recording two extremely diverse albums simultaneously, Rock Du Jour, which is an out-and-out heavy rock album with punk fury and metal tinges, and The Catharsis File, which is something of a concept album, consisting of deeply personal songs with a raw, sparse, stripped-back acoustic sound. We are constantly writing and recording demos, so there’s plenty more material in the tank.
Check out Lowheart’s album Gravel or Gold via streaming services. Keep up to date with the band via their Facebook page.