Ryans review and interview with Lowpoint, who are just about to release their EP "Take it or leave it" By Ryan Grant
Bendigo’s most popular pub rock band are about to kick off their EP launch for “Take it or leave it” and it is sure to be an incredibly entertaining series of gigs. With their blend of 80’s metal and current hard rock they always put on a good show while playing their originals and a huge variety of classic covers. I asked Steven Hammer (guitar/vocals) a few questions about his thoughts on the EP and what’s in store for the future.
So, how can you guys best describe the EP for us?
A 4 track assault of pure genuine rock n roll! This EP is 2 years of very hard rock and lots of good times and we hope that this reflects in the release. This is a stand against all the wrong in the world when it comes to music at the moment. Let's just say we're trying to do something different.
Who are your biggest influences while recording?
We all bring hugely different interests and influences when it comes to our music. But probably we would agree our biggest influences during the recording would be KISS, especially when we were looking for drum tones and the way we would record them. We tried to model the drums off their big album, DESTROYER.
For bass, we wanted to keep it nice and simple but chuck a few little surprises. Jack our bass player is good at chucking in the occasional fill or different note to compliment that part of the song and a band that I associate with that is Guns N' Roses, Duff (their former bassist) always went against the grain so to speak when it comes to bass playing.
And myself, I'm a huge fan and always will be The Cult, the way they structure their songs, and the tones they get from their guitars when recording will always be a biggest influence on my playing.
I know that being in a band and recording can sometimes be a long and painful experience, how did you guys find it?
Recording actually went really smooth, we were all done with a few sessions. We went in really prepared, and the boys (Micah and Jarod) did a terrific job of handling the recording and how we recorded. So thanks to them if they read this.
Which track would you say is your personal favourite and which track do you think will do best with fans?
Our personal favourite has always been All Or Nothing. It's just a kickass song that's fun to play live, there's not much else to it. We just really enjoy playing that over some of our other songs. We've played it at every show we've played.
The crowd favourite is always Take Me Home. It's a song where you can chant the words back and rock out!
Lastly, what else is coming up for you guys and do you have any plans for the future yet?
Our plans for the future our simple. GIG MORE, RECORD MORE and HAVE HEAPS OF FUN. We want to branch out and play new towns, namely Melbourne. So we're working hard to make that happen, and now with the EP with us, I think you'll see us in more places.
IF YOU WANT TO HEAR THE EP and DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HEAD HERE: www.lowpointband.bandcamp.com