At the end of last year, newcomers to Essex LOWLIFE dropped their first track “WASTELAND“reaching 300,000 feeds with little promotion beyond social media and a nihilist” if it moves, kill it ” video game visual. Today they are improving their playing with their second track “Friends”, which is now available through Hellcat Records. Listen HERE.
“Friends” is a gnarled and conflicting beast, with squeaky guitars, punchy rhythms and basses that offer a bulging heaviness and a jubilant groove. Nursery rhymes accented by Essex and gang voices pay homage to every kind of friend imaginable: vulgar criminals, failed criminals, mold-breaking creatives, friends who secretly hate you and others who will keep you in your mind although you rarely see them. It is a complete tapestry of life in three and a half minutes. Liam Haygarth explains, “’Friends’ was one of the first songs we wrote together during the first lockdown when the pandemic had just started, we were sending ideas / beats to each other on Zoom. Most of the song took shape in the early days of its creation, then it was just a matter of decluttering a few tracks and really working on the groove. I think we re-recorded the bass about 3 times before we were happy with the way it sounded with the battery.The song is about Friends (duh) and how the nature, foundations and intentions of friendships change throughout life. It has aspects of Latin, pop and hip-hop, we were influenced by Dr. Dre, Eminem and Timbaland on the beat. ”And friendship is the basis of LOWLIFE’s story. Jordan Cardy was Early acclaimed under his alter ego RAT BOY, but he couldn’t have done it without his bandmates Liam Haygarth and Harry Todd. LOWLIFE gave them another chance to be officially equal, especially after Rancid’s Tim Armstrong Renom recruited them for his label Hellcat. Ironically, the band’s debut was hampered by the separation from the lockdown, forcing them to collaborate remotely. As restrictions were lifted, they made it a studio dilapidated on a farm their unlikely seat, their home for a DIY process in which they create music, artwork, music videos and merchandise away from prying eyes and interference from the outside world.