Lower/ Makthaverskan/ Something Cold DJ's 10/12 at PJ's Lager House
Lower make intense music. Seek Warmer Climes, the Copenhagen quartet's debut album, sparkles with the harmonic dissonance and high-strung urgency of their underground rock forebears. But Lower Adrian Toubro (vocals), Simon Formann (guitar), Kristian Emdal (bass) and Anton Rothstein (drums) also channel the romance and drama of great singer-songwriters, from late-period Scott Walker to Bryan Ferry. The result is a hugely ambitious and affecting rock album that enters deeply personal and unusual sonic and topical spaces.
Makthaverskan layer aspects of noise, jangle and dream pop on a foundation of rambling, garage-punk energy. Distorted, uptempo riffs ebb and flow with laid back, atmospheric post-punk throughout the tracks that make up the band's sophomore LP II. Sonic bursts of anthemic pop are accentuated and brought to life by front-woman Maja Milner's sharp and soaring delivery, cutting through layers of reverb to air out her dirty laundry. The band's name, while not an actual Swedish word, derives its meaning from "Makthavaren" meaning "the man in the position of power". Makthaverskan, then, is the feminine conjugation of this concept meaning in its definite form "the female with the power" a sentiment that seems to double back and truly power the music.
PJ's Lager House (View)
1254 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216