10.02.13 — “Lowbar” by One Hundred Percent

One Hundred Percent

If you only watch one music video tonight, make it “Lowbar” by One Hundred Percent (2013, from the forthcoming album All Teeth and Nails).

Lowbar is a noisy indie rock trio from San Francisco. Emphasis on noise.

It’s pretty clear that the band is influenced by Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr and other bands of that ilk. They also list some other TiTS favorites like The Joy Formidable and The Rural Alberta Advantage as their influences.

Before this morning, I had never heard of the band, but they’ve been around for about two years. The members of the band have played in some other Bay-area bands for a number of years, but they only joined forces sometime in 2012.

I got something in the mailbag this morning about this music video, and it’s way too good not to share.

Lowbar from One Hundred Percent on Vimeo.

One of the things that I learned about this band is that both Matt Habegger (guitar, vocals) and Ryan Christo (bass) play double-amped. According to everything that I’ve read, they literally run their instruments through two different amps. Each.

Habegger isn’t a fantastic singer, but this band isn’t about singing. They’re about bringing the noise. And this song does bring the noise. At 3:03 of the video, there’s where the delicious noise comes in. It’s worth the wait.

What will probably also be worth the wait is the release of their new album. It comes out on November 9 via the San Francisco label 20 Sided Records. Those guys I wrote about yesterday —Upstairs Downstairs— are also on that label.

I’m guessing that I’ll be writing about more of the 20 Sided Records bands in the near future. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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