Belgium band Down the Lees is a dynamic trio with heavy rhythmics and eccentric music riffs.
Based in Ghent, Down the Lees are Canadian Laura Lee Schultz and Belgians Jonathan Frederix on drums and Kwinten Gluehorse on bass.
New single ‘A Cynical Age’ is part of the band’s third studio album, recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. It carries Laura’s soft singing melodies also bring out its harsh contrasts while belting out the most impassioned vocals. Jonathan mixes math-rock and prog-rock drum beats with speed, energy and emotion, alongside Kwinten’s powerful and guttural bass riffs inspired by his hardcore roots.
The project has followed an eclectic musical path with engaging and dynamic soundscapes inspired by genres such as post-rock, shoegaze, hardcore, slowcore, and no-wave – often echoing the work of artists such as Slint, Shannon Wright, Sonic Youth, Cloud Nothings and Low.
Of the new album, the band say it’s “raw” and “stripped down to showcase the live, emotional vibe of the power trio”. The warm analogue production lets the compositions and dynamics take the forefront.