The EP of Fear and Failure

by Low Duo

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The EP of Fear and Failure is darker and more ambitious than the first recording. After plaudits including The Guardian 'new band of the day', PRS for Music 'new band of the week', front page feature on Myspace.com, airplay on BBC 6Music and XFM, 4/5 live reviews from The Fly, Low Duo are back with their second EP.

Sold-out gigs with Anna Calvi, Courtney Pine and Edwyn Collins, have followed with resultant airplay from BBC's Steve Lamacq and a 3 song live session/interview for Tom Robinson. The new EP has ensured we pick up where we left off. Press and reviews continue to come in thick and fast:

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""The masters of less is more. Staggering music"
Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music

"The folky pair’s dramatic range of prickly ballads and thunderous epics has already attracted the attention of BBC 6Music and The Guardian"
Drowned in Sound

"Darkly emotive lyrics"
MySpace, 'New Music Daily'

"Are Low Duo Sheffield's best new band? The lyrcis hurtle into a head long collision with Adam's guitar, as the younger siblings wrist frantically rattles out waves of chords, building a one-man wall of sound. It's as though he is playing Bob Dylan's Masters of War at ten times the speed, with all that bleak, brutal bitterness delivered with arresting honesty. The city's musical bar has been raised another notch"
Rob Cooke, Exposed Magazine

9/10 "Haunting, anguished and just a little bit sinister, Low Duo have the paradox of minimalist massiveness all sown up"
Whisperin and Hollerin

"This is minimalism. Meet the Greenwood brothers from Sheffield (UK). Leigh is the tortured vocalist. Adam is the capable axe man. Their new recording, The EP of Fear and Failure, is evocative. It’s as if a geneticist spliced Thom Yorke and Nick Drake. It clocks in at 14 mins 23 secs. It goes by fast. You will hit repeat. It is captivating."
The Dadada

"The city of Sheffield is playing a new sound, an alluringly dark and exciting sound. Formed of Leigh and Adam Greenwood, these siblings’ melancholic undertones link both the bands emotion and arrangement. The uncomplicated setup of one instrument and one vocal, demonstrates perfectly, music in its most pure form"
Northern Noise

It's intense. Yes, intense folk music. It feels like the guitar is on a meth binge, beating the shit out of the chords, not necessarily breaking the mold on difficulty. But I fucking dare you to match this dude's intensity on the guitar. Low Duo sound like the way it feels when you know there's someone else out there either feeling the same or capturing the way you feel that you haven't been able to scream or beat the shit out of the guitar that particular way.
Joel, SYFFAL

Adam Greenwood's guitar playing is absolutely captivating and provides the perfect bedding for Leigh Greenwood's slightly unhinged and anguished voice. Oh that's right they are also brothers and the combination of the two powers Fear and Failure's brilliance. I cannot wait to hear more from these jagoffs.
Tim, SYFFAL

"The Sheffield act, and their new EP, are actually brilliant – evocative, minimalist, thrilling and entirely different enough"
Some Of It Was True! Blog

"Ooh, sparsely picked chords provide a spine of wood for the dark folk tinged lyrics that put you in mind of Peter Moren with a hangover or an ominous Nick Drake"
Gill Mills, New Music Daily

"Let me introduce you to Low Duo, a couple of brothers who use one guitar and one person singing to make some of the most haunting, minimal and enchanting music I’ve heard in quite a while."
Safety, Fun and Learning

"The Greenwoods sort of look at silence as a precious canvas and only cover it partly with sound. For any folk fans that also dabble in Brit-pop, this is your very, very lucky day."
Citizen Dick (Blog)

"Minimalist but by no means simple, the duo are still able to be dynamic composing songs, lyrically clever and emotive – showcasing a basic set up to the fullest extent. Beautifully melancholic"
Toast Magazine

"This EP proves that this band has a lot more to offer as they explore the realms of their self created, sharp emotional soul acoustic niche genre - that as of yet doesn’t really have a title!"
Counterfeit Magazine

"They make a sort of melancholic music vaguely reminiscent of The xx and Radiohead. There are sudden crescendoes and diminuendos, both of which add to the intense dramatic feel of the otherwise nicely minimalist music. Definitely worth listening to if you haven't already!"
The Music Journal

"I just bought this brand new and lovely five-song EP by a couple of brothers for two pounds, which is who-knows-how-much other than exactly half a pound more than the asking price. Very generous, I know"
The Hairpin Blog

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released 16 May 2011

Vocals: Leigh Greemwood
Guitar: Adam Greenwood
Recorded at G2 Studios

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Low Duo Sheffield, UK

Two brothers from Sheffield UK who write ambitious alternative pop music with just one guitar & one voice.

Since forming in 2010 they've been Guardian 'new band of the day', recorded a live session for Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music & had support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, XFM, The Fly & Drowned in Sound, and now secured a sync deal with The Suicide Girls franchise.

Low Duo release EP 4 in 2014
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Track Name: No Happier (free download)
Helpless, I’ll hold my breath till I sleep
Selfless, I don’t want people with me
I’m red, I’m hollow, all hope be dead, forget tomorrow
No happier, no happier

Hopeless, the water fills my lungs
I’m red, I’m hollow, dive head first into the sorrow
No happier, no happier, I’m no happier

Who’s to blame? Let me drown in the rain
Who’s at fault? Why does my heart beat so cold?

I tilt, I topple, the water fills me like a bottle
No happier, no happier, I’m no happier

Who’s to blame? Let me drown in the rain
Who’s at fault? Why does my heart beat so cold?
Track Name: The Poppy Seeds
We were the poppy seeds, we were the soppy breed
We were the lighthouse in the dark
He was the old maple tree. He hid the poison in his bark

We were the golden two, I had my eyes on you
Just before you disappeared
I felt my body freeze and I was full of fear

Is this how she died, face down?
Officer, officer, was it her, oh was it her?
Tell me is this how you file justice? Where’s the truth? There’s no proof?
I’ll just keep on blaming you, yoouuu

We were the poppy seeds, if you did copy me
Then as the sunlight left the sky
What if I’d gone home? Would you still be alive?

We were the lonely two, he had his eyes on you
As the maple shed its leaves
I saw him take your hand, and I could hardly breathe

Is this how she died, face down?
Officer, officer, was it her, oh was it her?
Tell me is this how you file justice? Where’s the truth? There’s no proof?
I’ll just keep on blaming you, yoouuu

Sunlight, moonlight, both the same, full of pain
Since you’re gone. On and on, and on…

Somehow, somewhere. Was it over here or was it over there?
Where I saw your face
For the last time
Track Name: Kiss in the Lamplights
Don’t blur the lines. Friend or lover?
Your hand in mine and another
So many boys, all those faces
I am destroyed at fourteen paces

Kiss in the lamplight, kiss in the lamplight
Caught by a satellite, caught by a satellite

I play within my rattled head
Pictures of him with you in our bed
My pure white heart does seep into black
Killed part by part by all that I lack

Kiss in the lamplight, kiss in the lamplight
Caught by a satellite, caught by a satellite
Kss in the lamplight, kiss in the lamplight
Caught by a satellite

Once so pure, now stained forever more

Kiss in the lamplight, kiss in the lamplight
Caught by a satellite, caught by a satellite
Kiss in the lamplight, kiss in the lamplight
Caught by a satellite
Track Name: Silly Boy
I’m like you, I’m just a silly boy with a big idea rattling in my brain
It slides and moves, I can’t forgive her boy.
My jealousy has got hold of the reins

But letting go. You’ll never know

Crack the whip in front of anyone and anyone will look at you with hate
And when you slip, they won’t forget your wrongs. They’ll all think back to what you did today

But letting go. You’ll never know
Cancel your plans, open your hand, open your hand, open your hand
Silly boy, don’t be so silly boy
Track Name: Of All the Girls
Of all the girls that I have met
I must have had a hundred more than you’ve done pirouettes
Stood inside your mother’s yellow faded wedding gown
Tossing me a smile that tells me I have let you down, again

Close but never close enough
Close but never touch

Of all the apples in the tree
Somehow I did know that you were bitter as can be
Golden and delicious in your body not your heart
As I did fall from the tree I fell into the dark apple core

Close but never close enough
Close but never touch

When we first met you almost let me steal your heart
Did I let you down? You made no sound, drifted apart
I talked so kind, I gave you time, you turned your head
You ripped my heart, tore me apart,
From when you said all we have is dead
Each day the same, replay the pain
Of when you left, left me as I slept
Where did you go? I’ll never know