THE LOW TONES ARE:
IF YOU LOVE THE LOW TONES, YOU'LL
LIKE THESE BANDS:
The hookup between Tom and Carly occurs a few weeks down the road after a botched summer attempt between Carly and friend Sandra at signing on Detroit band The Same. Dates occur as well as many concerts and interviews with all three friends in tow. Tom and Carly decide that it's time they started their own band. The Low Tones become a duo for the second-time ever. 2 songs come out of their practices together: On the Outs and I Don't Know What You Did (To Lose Yourself in Me). Mutual friend, blues-riffist and all-around girl enthusiast Mike Lucas is then asked to join the band as bassist. Five more songs about breaking up and several covers come out of this union including a rousing version of The Byrds 'Eight Miles High'. Mike introduces Tom and Carly to the song "Garbage Truck" by Hardship Post. Many attempts are made in Carly's apartment at playing this song.
First show ever: May 1st, 1999 at The Spotted Dog below The 'old' Press Club:
'I remember thinking; there are so many people here,
this place is packed and thank God the lights are shining in my eyes otherwise
I'd really be scared.'
'... Four bands played, I don't remember the order,
but we didn't headline. All of our friends were there! After we played
our first song, they cheered wildly! It was the best feeling ever, even
though we were not very good.'
Eventually the Low Tones get into a groove, and in late '99 after the friendly departure of Mike Lucas and his green skeleton ring, and many screaming girls; Paul Sylvestre is then asked to join the band as the second bassist. Paul brings the power-pop, classic rock knowledge and musicality that Tom and Carly had been seeking in a third member of the band. As well as having been a veteran in the local scene, (having played for indie-pop locals Vivian Blue and country frontiersmen The Lone Gunmen) Paul had been toying around for years on his instruments and frankly, he was damn good at it.
The Low Tones were now three, it was January of 2000 and they had played their first gig ever with Paul at The (new) Press Club of Windsor... more good feelings were had, more songs were practiced and sounds made --no shortage of fun, tears and laughs, two years and two mini-tours later (along with compatriates and great friends The Redstripes and an impromptu week fill-in of bass duties by trumpeter and man of the cloth John Atkinson to make it temporarily to a fourth)...
... and the rest, I'm afraid; is history, and
history in the making...
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