New York City’s The Brought Low come on like a boogie rock ‘Wild Bunch,’ clothes sullied with the dirt of a thousand dive bars, dead-eyed from the after show parties and all night drives, as turbulent and unassailable as the city that birthed them. They’re journeymen musicians who walk with the gait of the blues, rock and country pioneers who preceded them and whose influence they wear on their tattered sleeves. Their music is rooted in the vintage hard rock of The Stones, Who and Humble Pie, tempered with the cadences of guys with names like Sonny Boy and Hank, and delivered with the boisterous zeal of a Big Apple street choir.
There’s a narrative at work in The Brought Low’s best songs, chronicling existence in the inner-cities outer boroughs and the pratfalls of hard work, hard liquor and hard time. The essence of these stories mirror the band’s own: the past couple years has been a repetition of arrivals and departures: family dying and being born, band members entering in and then walking out. There was a local new wave revival whose aesthetic they couldn’t have less to do with, a cycle of touring, working, and touring again, a decrepit practice space that’s become a decrepit second home. On the other side of the tunnel they’ve come out stronger, more resolute in their conviction, and wired for maximum impact.