The EP of Everything and Nothing

by Low Duo

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Who are Low Duo?
By singer Leigh Greenwood

I’m writing this from my attic bedroom. Five years ago Low Duo from Sheffield (UK) were The Guardian’s New Band of the Day number 986. Likened to stereo Nick Drakes, soaring Jeff Buckley’s and a baleful, basic The Smiths, the article said that we gave “fresh lustre to that overworked notion of the ‘darkly powerful’.” However, the signature section of the piece predicted that in terms of our destiny, we were ‘most likely to: busk on pavements. Least likely to: live in a penthouse.’ They were right.

Comprising myself and my younger brother Adam, Low Duo formed in 2010. All of our songs are restricted to just two layers - one voice and one musical instrument.

Lyrically, ‘The EP of Everything and Nothing’ - our sixth EP - is about the slow inevitable ending of a relationship. You can see it coming, you know it’s gonna hurt but there’s nothing you can do about it.

Do you want to know what the best thing is about being in a band with your brother?

We have an understanding that only comes from many, many hours in each other’s company. As children, Adam and I would spend our time watching video-taped sitcoms (Blackadder, Bottom, I’m Alan Partidge) until we knew the lines off by heart. Now we instinctively latch on to the other’s melodies and rhythms, picking up on feelings and drawing out the natural emotions of the song. And we can be honest with each other in the way that only family can.

Do you want to know what the worst thing is about being in a band with your brother?

It’s the tedious bickering that only comes from many, many (many!) hours in each other’s company. You can get a flavour of our strange relationship in our mini documentary about the making of this EP (below). Among other things, the documentary captures our wait outside Old Pig Farm Studios in Sheffield, when we had a drawn out debate about whose fault it was that we hadn’t got together for a final rehearsal the week before. I sneakily recorded it on my phone without Adam noticing (to show him what he’s like).

Both of these things, the shared understanding and the quarrels, are hardwired into the Low Duo experience. It’s part of who we are. The fact that all of our songs are made up of just two layers - one by me, one by him - means that, whatever people think of our music, it is a true reflection of us.

Background: Low Duo are two brothers from Sheffield who write 'sad' alternative lo-fi music using just one voice and one musical instrument. Having released five records, Low Duo have received praise from the likes of BBC 6 Music, The Guardian and Drowned In Sound, have music stored in the British Library Sound Archives and recently secured a second sync deal with Suicide Girls. They have supported London Grammar, Courtney Pine, Seafret, Abigail Washburn, Eliza & The Bear and Ian McCulloch.

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released May 25, 2016

Adam Greenwood, Leigh Greenwood

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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 & Drowned in Sound, and now secured a sync deal with The Suicide Girls franchise.

Low Duo release EP 6 in 2016
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Track Name: I Lost a Friend
I lost a friend that day when we woke up in mid break-up
And in a blend of feelings mixed
Opened my eyes and for a minute there, played with your hair
Then I decide to lift the lid

On a secret, I have never shared
I'm like a lost dog, I bite because I'm scared

I am on a lead with my emotions tight you hands so sleight
You won't recede until I blow
Off like a hound but with a sharper tongue and more headstrong
Fresh out the pound I'm letting go

Of a secret, I have never shared
I'm like a lost dog, I bite because I'm scared
I just want to close you, you're like my eyelid
I had a friend but now she's off the grid. Bye bye.
Track Name: You Are Nothing (free)
Slicked our hair together, tied our matching shoes
Polished up the leather, couldn't polish you

Do what you like, it's nothing to me
You're just a cobweb I am yet to clean
Go where you want, don't go without
You're just a pothole, I forgot about

You are nothing, you are nothing
You are nothing, you are nothing

Touching on the sofa, connection so slight
I can hardly hear you, you left my limelight

Do what you like, it's nothing to me
You're just a cobweb I am yet to clean
Go where you want, don't go without
You're just a pothole, I forgot about

You are nothing, you are nothing
You are nothing, you are nothing
You are nothing, you are nothing
You are nothing, you are nothing
Track Name: Darling It's Not You, It's Me
I was hanging back, like the prey under attack
When you turned and said to me 'darling it's not you, it's me'

Knew it was the end, we were like the best of friends without the sex
Baby I know what comes next

You'll meet some guy at work
And when I hear I'll go berserk and shout and swear
Threaten your welfare
In time I will see daylight, but I'll never put things right

Though you might feel uptight
And I might act polite
I'll never put things right

Life sways, you'll stray, lines grey, I'll slay
But if I could blame someone I would not blame you
And if I could change someone, darling I'm the first in the queue
Track Name: Walking In Circles
If I could see the point, then I would tow the line and love you
Not disjoint all of our plans
If I was just a square then would you see all sides within me
Not compare me to your last

Walking in circles, walking in circles alone
Round and round we go

If I am so acute then I am sat at the wrong angle
So obtuse of you to say
Of all the shapes we're in, I;d say a diamond is the last one
Let's begin to separate

Walking in circles, walking in circles alone
Round and round we go
Round and round we go
Track Name: You're No Good For Me
Well you never came to bed
I put on my gown, I'm walking down the stairs
No sign of your shoes

You never came back and I blame myself for the way that you act
Feels like the girl that I love has hacked

Can't control you like he can
Can't unfold you like that man

Well he's got a grip on you
Like a piece of strong he's covering in glue
And holding too tight

You never came back and I blame myself for the way that you act
Feels like the girl that I love has hacked
Planted a virus inside of your heart
Crossing your wires until there's a spark

Can't control you like he can
Can't unfold you like that man
If it's not good for you, then it's not good for me
And it's not good for you and you're no good for me