Meet Lowertown: the DIY indie-rock duo you need to know

Plenty of teenagers bond over a shared love of music; in fact it’s practically a right of passage for many. But very rarely does that bond result in a place on the fast track to stardom. For Olivia Osby and Avsha Weinberg, the two first bonded in high school math class over a shared love of DIY music. Inspired by artists like Alex G, Aphex Twin, Modest Mouse, Animal Collective and Radiohead, the Atlanta-based duo quickly began creating their own indie-rock music under the moniker Lowertown. 

In 2018, Osby and Weinberg dropped their debut single “George” and followed it up a year later with their debut EP Friends, which has racked up millions of streams on Spotify. Just this year, both bandmates graduated high school, shortly after getting signed to Dirty Hit (home to artists like The 1975, Rina Sawayama and beabadoobee). With the backing of a record label, Lowertown released their sophomore EP Honeycomb, Bedbug

Meet Lowertown: the DIY indie-rock duo you need to know

The EP, chock-full of teenage angst, gently-plucked guitar and lo-fi ambiance, has established the duo as one of the brightest prospects in the DIY scene right now. The downcast, defeated mood of the EP is reminiscent of not only Alex G, but other lo-fi standouts like The Microphones and Elvis Depressedly. Impressively, Osby and Weinberg wrote, recorded, produced and mastered all of the songs in their own basement studio. 

Among the standout tracks on Honeycomb, Bedbug is “Tourist Trap,” on which Osby expresses the feelings of alienation and dread provoked by her monotonous daily life as a high school student. 

When elaborating on that period of time, Osby says that “You kick into this form of autopilot where everything feels deadened, or less exciting and time seems to slip away without you even paying attention to it.” She adds that the duo wanted to match the raw emotion of the lyrics with equally unfiltered instrumentals. Weinberg played a broken tambourine and toy drum set for the percussion on the track; the sounds of water rushing through the pipes in their basement studio were also left in the mix, accentuating the authenticity of the project.

Other standouts from the EP include “Alone Again my Friend” and “The Best Person You Know.” “Alone Again My Friend” encapsulates the feelings of isolation and distance in a year defined by a pandemic, while “The Best Person You Know” details dealing with the self-destructive behavior of a friend. Of “The Best Person You Know,” Osby says “The structure of the song was written as a reflection of the emotions one experiences while maintaining a friendship with a toxic person; it represents the conflicting emotions and how quickly things change.” The track was released along with a music video shot on Super 8 film, and directed by the band’s friend Michael Cully. The video features a Hitchcock-esque sequence of Osby murdering Weinberg in increasingly disturbed ways. 

As for what’s next for the band? They just made it out of their Atlanta basement studio and across the pond to the UK where they’ve just recorded their next project, set to be released in 2021. Osby recently posted a pic of her, Weinberg and The 1975 frontman Matty Healy on Instagram captioned “xo xo 2 ma studio buds.,” suggesting a possible collaboration in the near future.

But until then, you can stream their EP Honeycomb, Bedbug on Spotify. And keep scrolling to watch an exclusive interview with the indie-rock duo below.

Who is Lowertown?

 

 

What’s the story behind the name Lowertown? 

 

 

Where do you record your music?

 

 

If you could collab with any artist, who would it be?

 

 

What was it like signing to Dirty Hit?

 

 

What’s next for Lowertown?