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Low rebounds from bassist’s exit, sets tour plans

Despite bassist Zak Sally’s recent departure, Minnesota-bred slowcore standard-bearers Low have mapped out a late-winter tour schedule with a new bassist.

The trio will tackle a couple of early December shows in their native state before gearing up for the tour’s proper start in late January. Bass player Matt Livingston–a veteran of Low frontman Alan Sparhawk’s side project, Retribution Gospel Choir–has been selected to replace Sally, and will make his debut at the band’s Dec. 9 show in Minneapolis.

Low will then set out on a string of dates that kicks off Jan. 26 in Milwaukee and currently runs well into February.

Low is continuing to support “The Great Destroyer,” which hit stores in January. Produced by David Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev,) the album was the band’s seventh full-length release and first on the Sub Pop label.

This is the second time Sally has parted ways with Low. He left the band in early 2003, only to rejoin when Low was asked to open for Radiohead on their summer tour. His resignation letter was posted on the band’s website.

“On a personal level, I can’t hope to express what the folks that have helped, supported and listened during my 12 year tenure in Low have meant to me,” Sally wrote in his letter. “This band has been my entire adult life, and I had a hell of a ride. Thanks for everything. Take care, all of you. I mean it. Maybe I’ll see you around.”
December 2005
9 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10 – Duluth, MN – Sacred Heart

January 2006
26 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
27 – Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
28 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
30 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
31 – Toronto, Ontario – Lees Palace

February 2006
1 – Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Music Hall
3 – Brooklyn, NY – South Paw
4 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
6 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
25 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
27 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

March 2006
1 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
2 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
3 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
4 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
6 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
7 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
9 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Richards on Richards