I was so delighted to discover that a pop-folk band, Callow, I provided music publicity services to now has a Wikipedia page. Gold Lion Publicity will open its doors to clients in December 2017. Merry early Christmas!
Callow live in 2014
|Origin||San Francisco, CA|
|Genres||indie rock, slowcore, minimal, psychedelic folk, experimental rock|
Callow is a Dream Doom/Ghost Western duo based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its members are Red Moses (vocals, guitar) and Sami Knowles (drums, keyboard, vocals). They are known for their lo-fi home recordings and evocative live shows.
Red (aka Gared) Moses was born in Vancouver, Washington and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah with his family as a youth. He began writing and playing music at a young age, and in college he wrote score for theater productions at Salt Lake Community College. For several years he operated and co-owned Ruby Records (2000-2005), and wrote for the Indie Music Spotlight (a monthly column in Salt Lake Underground Magazine). Sami Knowles was born and raised in Utah. She studied French and Dance at Southern Utah University. She danced professionally for ABD Productions and many others before becoming a musician. She traveled to Haiti in 2009 to study Haitian drum and dance with Rara Toulimen.
Moses formed Callow while in Salt Lake City, but didn’t find the sound he was looking for until he moved to San Francisco, where he met and joined forces with Knowles. They began playing together in the fall of 2009.
Their first album, Orb Weaver, was recorded and mixed by themselves and various friends (while they were living on the road as a result of America’s Economic crash). It was released on Portland-based indie label NXNW Records in May 2012. SLUG Magazine compared it to The Velvet Underground saying; “what punk rock would have been had it evolved from The Velvet Underground’s airy slowness rather than their minimalism.” The song “Old Horse” was voted “Best Song” by Noise Pop voters in the San Francisco Music Video Race 2013.
Their second album, Blue Spells, was recorded live to Magnetic Tape in their home studio, and was released on cassette by NXNW Records. The San Francisco Chronicle described it as “haunting and beautiful, with angst and tension balanced with primal minimalism.”
Blues Spells was premiered by Surviving the Golden Age, and ranked in the top five in a Magnet (magazine) poll. Moses’ vocals were compared to a “tortured and slowcore-laden doppelganger of Adam Stephens of Two Gallants.”
The Single “Strange” was premiered by The Vinyl District, and was Song of the Day on KDHX radio. The single “Philosophy” was premiered by Mad Mackerel, and described as “a sweetly sombre classic of pensive restraint and yearning melancholy that leaves palpable echoes hanging in the air long after the song has finished.” Songs “Black” and “The Heavy Sermon” were mixed by Brandon Eggleston (sound engineer for Swans, The Mountain Goats, tUnE-yArDs). The rest of the album was mixed by Rob Bartleson and Yarn F Miners at Haywire Records in Portland.
- Red Moses – vocals, guitar
- Sami Knowles – drums, keyboard, vocals
- Tim Watson – bass
- Tony Esterbrooks – drums
- Branden Jenkins – drums
- Rob Good – guitar (Warm Soda, Thought Riot)
- Joey Chang – cello (CelloJoe)
- David Conway – recording & mixing, Orb Weaver
- Alex Laipenieks – recording & mixing, EP
- Mike Stone – recording & mixing, Orb Weaver
- Orb Weaver (May 3, 2012) – CD, Download
- Blue Spells (Nov 19, 2013) – CD, Cassette, Download
- Self-Titled (June, 2010) – out of print
- “Strange” (August 30, 2013) – Download
- “Philosophy” – (October 24, 2013) – Download
- “1078 Gallery Goes Deep Friday” Interview. Synthesis Weekly. 9 June 2014
- “Callow at DNA Lounge” SF Gate. 22 August 2014.
- Daily Utah Chronicle Interview. 17 April 2014. by Lynette Randall
- “Old Mexico” 6 August 2004. by Gared Moses
- “Callow – Haunting and Beautiful” Interview. 9 April 2014. San Francisco Chronicle, by Tony Dushane
- “Callow Takes Salt Lake with Less Candy and More Howling”Interview. 17 April 2014. The Daily Utah Chronicle, by Lynette Randall
- “Orb Weaver Album Review” 6 September 2012. Slug Magazine, by Alexander Ortiz
- Music Video Race
- NXNW Records
- “Blue Spells Album Premier” 12 November 2013. Surviving the Golden Age.
- Magnet Magazine Poll 15 November 2014
- Blue Spells Album Review. 4 December 2014. Slug Magazine, by Gregory Gerulat
- Strange Premier 30 August 2013. The Vinyl District.
- Song of the Day 5 November 2013. KDHX radio.
- Philosophy Premier 24 October 2013. Mad Mackerel
- Fearless Radio Podcast 5 October 2013. Interview, by Kris Littman
- “Callow announces US tour dates”. 4 April 2014. The Bay Bridged