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The Low Anthem Biography


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Birth Place: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Years Active: 2006-Present
Genres: Folk Rock, Indie Folk


The Low Anthem is an indie folk band based in Providence, Rhode Island. Ben Knox Miller and Jeffrey Prystowsky met while DJing an overnight jazz show on a Brown University radio station, WBRU. Miller and Prystowsky played in various ensembles together ranging from classical and jazz to electronica and The Low Anthem was formed in 2006.

In the fall of 2006, Dan Lefkowitz, a bluesman from Strasburg, Virginia joined the band and contributed to their evolving brand of songwriting with his song “This God Damn House." Early in 2007, Lefkowitz left the band to pursue simple living in Arkansas. The band became a trio again in late 2007 with the addition of classical composer and clarinetist Jocie Adams. Adams, a fellow student and former NASA employee, joined the band after a late-night recording session for the band's album, “What The Crow Brings.” She appears on vocals and clarinet on the album's closing track, "Coal Mountain Lullaby".

“What The Crow Brings”was recorded in Miller’s and Prystowsky’s apartments over several months and was then self-released in October 2007. The band took on every aspect of manufacturing the album including dumpster diving for empty cereal boxes to fold into album sleeves to creating the silkscreens for the album art, to hand painting and serial-numbering 600 pressings of the album.

The Low Anthem recorded and self-released their second album, “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin” in September 2008. The band traveled to Block Island in the middle of winter and spent ten days recording the tracks that would become the album, with engineer and co-producer Jesse Lauter. After the album was completed, the band returned to the island to handpaint and silkscreen the first 2000 copies of “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin.”

The band signed record deals with both Nonesuch Records and the UK label Bella Union and both released “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin” after Bob Ludwig re-mastered the disc. There was new artwork and the track order was resequenced.

From December 2009 until February 2010, the band recorded their third album, “Smart Flesh,” in the abandoned Porino’s pasta sauce factory in Central Falls, RI. The album was engineered by Jesse Lauter and mixed by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk). The album was released in February 2011. The band released "Ghost Woman Blues," the first song on the record as a free download in December 2010.