The compilation Songs of Pain features the last known recording by Lowsunday.
From Alternative Press, volume 16, number 164 March '02
Lowsunday are not your typical Projekt band. While the atmospheres on Elesgiem occasionally parallel those of other bands on the darkwave label's roster, the quartet's erudite energy will appeal to longtime Anglophiles (think Catherine Wheel or House of Love), shoegazer fans and gothic contingents alike. The fact that such a thoughtful band are headquartered in a city where decrepit classic rock continues to loom large make Lowsunday even more special. "It's a dilemma," admits singer-guitarist Shane Sahene. "When we play out, the appeal is getting to hang out with all of our friends. Being with people you love is the most important thing. Sometimes culture needs to take a back seat." [JP]
Simply put, Lowsunday are modern indie rock brilliance. They fuse melancholic 4AD type textures with catchy pop melodies that instantly hook you, and from then on there is no point in even trying to escape the smoky wonderland created by this band, and you won't want to. Their alluring melodies and arrangements are so inviting. They have great potential, and they have the chance to be THE band to usher forth a mainstream interest in gloomy pop. Lowsunday is:
shane sahene. vocals. guitar --- a. t. vish. drums. percussion --- shawn bann. guitar. synth --- bobby spell. bass
Who is Lowsunday?
by Sam Rosenthal
On April 3rd, 2001, Projekt's released Elesgiem from Pittsburgh, PA's Lowsunday. I have been getting really great feedback on this release, so let me take a minute to tell you a bit about the band.... A while back, a DJ I am in touch with (Tamara Baum) suggested I check out a band named Lowsunday. I had heard their name at some point (since they had 2 self-released CDs, the first under the band name Low Sunday Ghost Machine) and I had just gotten a track from them on the compilation CD with Italy's "Losing Today" magazine. I gave it a listen and liked what I heard.... so I asked Tamara to get in touch with the band and have them send me their music (Shane later informed me that we had met before that, when he set-up the sound system for black tape for a blue girl's in-store at Randy's in Pittsburgh... it's a small world....).
I was really blown away when I listened to Elesgiem. Damn, it's good! It's hard to pin down their sound, but to me it's kinda like the realm where The Chameleons, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Echo & The Bunnymen would meet. Yeah, that's a bit more "rock" then what people tag Projekt for . . . but I don't personally put Projekt into any specific cubbyhole (that's a whole other story -- about how people perceive Projekt). I've found that in the last few years, the music I like to listen to is music with melody; music that sticks in my head. And this CD was one I wanted to listen to again!
So I got in touch with the band. Lisa and I went to see them play at Luna Lounge here in NYC. They were really nice guys, so it seemed a natural fit. We've been working the last six weeks, preparing this CD for release; doing some redesign on the cover and getting things in position with Ryko Distribution.
As I said, there has already been a nice response from "industry types" who have heard the CD. In fact, AAM serviced 300 copies to College Radio in late March (If you are a college DJ, check your station library for a copy).
i used to live in pittsburgh...i remember when they were low sunday ghost machine. i always liked their sound - and they're such nice guys, too, completely unpretentious and not even really into the "scene", yanno? anyways, ask them why they changed their name. it had a certain panache before... - micah stupak
I asked Shane to field this question.... "it was sort of like pieces from the berlin wall....it was a mixture of reasons. we had been negotiating a record deal with Tess Records in California, so we wanted to inject this change before we had become too known too change it. we also had just recorded a track for a widely distributed Cleopatra Records compilation and felt we needed to make the move while we could. the final original member of LSGM and i had parted ways..and i felt it was an important step to move forward. i was also tired of typing the long name 25 times a day in emails etc. it was a fresh, simplified... streamlined change. our publishing company is still called low sunday ghost machine. the change represented a new approach."
articles on Lowsunday:
High on lowsunday
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh City Paper
June, 2001: hybridmagazine.com. Q: Who comes to your shows? Shane: mainly people... although there was a dog at a show once, he was nice. we gave him a shirt. :p truthfully, its like people coming for a swim. the room fills with sound and it keeps everyone afloat. theres a connectedness that we all need. when you find the environment in which you belong.... the circuit becomes completed. the flow begins...