"Through the tired haze of failed genre melting pots of the late 90s, out shines this refreshingly new and talented musician."
"Murach's songs tend to expand out from a particular moment of longing into broad vistas of emotion. His songs bend toward beautiful sing-along harmonies, then trickle down to quiet conclusions."
The Low Rollers are a fuzzed-out power trio that emerged from the fog of the Outer Sunset in early 2011. What started as the solo project of long-time bay area musician Joel Murach (Paddlefoot, 86 the Band) with his brother Tom Murach (86, Tracorum) on drums mutated into something a little bit weirder and louder when they were joined by bassist Colin Peden shortly after he had moved to San Francisco from his musical home of Austin, Texas.
The trio is eager to explore a variety of styles, and Murach’s lyrics tie sometimes disparate sounds together as a unified whole. With their first album as a trio, Sun, Wind, Etc. (2012), the band's country-inflected sound ranged from psych-tinged garage to loose-limbed Americana. Their second album, LOUDER (2015), recorded with engineer Tim Green at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA, turns up the volume and begins to come apart at the seams, with overblown guitars and short, loud instrumentals that allow the band to explore their love of classic rock tropes in miniature, mixed among banging, unhinged bar rock songs. Their third album, Mexican Stingray Doctor (2017), continues down the classic rock highway while also stopping for a picnic in the country with help from guest appearances by some San Francisco musical luminaries including David Cuetter (pedal steel), Marc Capelle (piano/organ), and Jason Kleinberg (fiddle).
Live shows are where this seasoned band shines, but they can be a wild card: the band might play through a set of country tunes, accompanied on pedal steel by David Cuetter, matching close vocal harmonies set to a waltz. Or, if their B.A.C. is at the appropriate level, they may just rip through a set of dirty, frenetic rockers. Often times they just split the difference... You’ll just have to come see for yourself what lovely mayhem this band is capable of.