Today marks the 10th anniversary of UNEASY. Soul Low quietly released the debut album on July 13, 2013 and quickly became one of the city’s most popular, most exciting, and most promising bands on their strength of that stunning eight-song effort that showcased a trio of young musicians with perspective and musicianship each extending far beyond their years. Even a decade later, the first of many quality releases by Soul Low—who officially called it quits in late 2018—still delivers and it serves as a time capsule for a particularly special time in Milwaukee music.
We planned to write all that and more today in an installment of our MKE Music Rewind series, but some exciting new developments have come to light. Instead of focusing on the past, we’ll set our sights on the future. Specifically, we’re going to focus on this coming fall when Soul Low releases UNEASY on vinyl for the first time ever and celebrates the occasion by playing a reunion show.
That’s right! The band is (temporarily) getting back together to give its first and arguably finest album the belated release show it deserves. Soul Low’s reunion will take place at Cactus Club on Saturday, November 25. Bassist Sam Gehrke tells Milwaukee Record the band will play UNEASY “from front to back, plus some favorite tracks from the discography.” Tickets to this 18+ event cost $15 and are on sale today. They’re sure to go fast, so hurry!
Today, Soul Low also started taking preorders on its Bandcamp page for the first ever vinyl run of UNEASY. The limited edition record is limited to 200 black vinyl copies that feature new back cover art by painter Hector Acuna (who did the art for the band’s Nosebleeds album) and an insert collage/lyric sheet designed by Olivia Gehrke. Orders are expected to be shipped out around September 15. YES!
While Soul Low and its excellent debut were lightning in a bottle, Milwaukee will be able to celebrate the band and the record together at Cactus Club on Saturday, November 25. Again, act fast because tickets and records are bound to sell out quickly. SOUL LOW IS (TEMPORARILY) BACK, BABY!