If you're a big fan of Nick Lowe or one of his past bands, Brinsley Schwarz or Rockpile, you must have a listen to The Lowe Beats. The Lowe Beats are the ultimate Nick Lowe cover band consisting of some veterans of the Seattle music scene, Scott McCaughey (Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows), Jim Sangster (Young Fresh Fellows), John Ramberg (Model Rockets, Minus 5), Graham Black (Model Rockets) and Hugh Jones. What began as a "one-off" project in the late 90's has included gigs in 2002 and in 2008 to reunite for the Jesus Of Cool 30th Anniversary. Video of that show is available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. Here's the first of six from that show. Recently, Scott opened for Nick Lowe in Seattle.
The show I'm posting I received in a trade years ago is from 2002 and although it was billed as Minus 5, it was really a Lowe Beats warm-up gig for a New Year's Eve show 3 days later at the Sunset Tavern. I have a recording of the NYE show as well, which has a much expanded setlist, but the sound quality is much better (less crowd noise) from the Crocodile show. Great songs and a fun, loose and inspired performance! Enjoy!
The Lowe Beats (aka Minus 5) Crocodile Cafe Seattle, WA December 28, 2002 Audience recording
01. Let's Eat 02. Born Fighter 03. Look I Like 04. Marie Provost 05. Crackin' Up 06. Lately I've Let Things Slide 07. Cruel To Be Kind 08. Switchboard Susan 09. She's So Fine 10. I Don't Want The Night To End
Scott McCaughey- vocals Jim Sangster- guitar, vocals John Ramberg- guitar, vocals Hughie Jones- bass Graham Black- drums