The hardworking indie rockers of Soul Low have been in perpetual motion since recording Kind Spirit, the follow-up to their great 2013 auditory introduction, UNEASY, last fall. Winter found the band releasing a separate music video for every one of the EP’s songs. Spring saw them releasing a fun batch of B-sides called Sweet Pea, which leads us to a summer overflowing with Soul Low shows, both locally, in support of the great Lady Lamb, and during the band’s lengthy Midwest/East Coast tour. Between all that activity and having studio time booked to record a full-length in Chicago next month, where could the boys of Soul Low have possibly found the time to shoot another music video? Why, during one of their own shows, of course.
Thursday night, on the eve of the band’s final Milwaukee show until Halloween, Soul Low released the no-budget video for Sweet Pea B-side “I Want To Die.” The bare bones live video was shot and edited by frequent collaborator Dan Black and recorded by Harrison Colby of NO/NO and co-owner of Gloss Records. The footage comes from a secret all-ages Sweet Pea release show at the home of Foreign Goods’ Jay Anderson, who played saxophone on the song. While far from Cassavetes, the stripped-down video gives a charming glimpse into the energy and rough edges that make Soul Low one of the city’s favorite (and busiest) bands.
Before Soul Low’s short break from shows, catch them aboard the Vista King tonight as part of Milwaukee Boat Line’s penultimate Concert Cruise of the summer. The boat boards at 8:30 p.m. The $23 ticket includes the show, a two-hour cruise, and a free drink.