The Record Low – CD Release Party 2/16/07

by Woody on February 22, 2007

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After turning down my ticket to see The Police, I ventured out on a freezing Chicago night to check an unsigned band called The Record Low at The Subterranean. I’ve never been impressed with The Subterranean because the acoustics are awful and this night was no different. Luckily, The Record Low didn’t become a product of their environment, nor did they dissapoint.

If you haven’t heard the name, The Record Low are a Chicago-based band that we recently profiled and they had their first CD release party last weekend. The crowd was amped up and surely filled with friends, family and fans, so there was a good energy in the place as they took the stage.

They banged through about 8-10 songs, only a couple of which I recognized. Much like when I listened to the MP3’s for the first time, I was blown away by the lead singer, Henry Joseph. The last vocalist that made me stand up and take notice like that was Will Sheff. He has a powerful, often times vulnerable voice that is not the norm. The rest of band are no slouches in their own right. Justin Kerr (drums) and Markus Hartnett (bass) did a great job in laying a solid foundation that allowed Joseph and lead guitarist, Robby Haynes to strut their stuff.

Overall a great show by a great band on the rise. They are playing throughout the Midwest over the next couple of months, including The Empty Bottle and The Metro here in Chicago.

As for the CD itself, it’s damn good and includes more polished versions of the demos below, as well as 7 new ones. Some of the new tunes that stuck out were Here To Stay and Southern State, both of which you can hear on their myspace page. Southern State is a great acoustic song that really shows off Joseph’s voice.

I don’t think you’ll find the album on iTunes or the other usual suspects just yet. If you want a copy, I would contact them at

Run of the Mill

The Bottom

These Girls

This Other City

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Oz February 22, 2007 at 10:25 am

Wish I was there! I take that back…I wish this was in the summer and I was there.

Juan February 23, 2007 at 7:59 am

These guys rock. The album is great. ‘Nuff said.

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