Fireside Chat


60 minsFirst aired 26 Feb 2019
Shelly Mosman

Low’s Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk reflect on mental health, their evolving sound, and three decades of adventurous rock music.

There are 25 years between Low’s slowcore classic I Could Live in Hope and the band’s sober assumption that “This is not the end, just the end of hope.” (The latter being a particularly powerful moment on their acclaimed 2018 effort Double Negative, summing up the seismic shifts of looming authoritarianism.) Over the course of this quarter century, Low has been a rare example of a band that constantly refines its abilities and sonic palette, reimagining its sound in the process. In this episode of Fireside Chat, Low’s husband-and-wife duo Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk discuss what they learned from dub reggae and grind metal, the perks and perils of living on the edge of civilization and the longevity granted by a mutual trust between musicians and their core fans.


Interview by Julian Brimmers
Written and engineered by Frank Westerkamp
Produced by Carmen Hofmann and Jordan Rothlein

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