Sometimes, it just needs to be loud. For the members of Retribution Gospel Choir, that time is now. The group features Alan Sparhawk on guitar and vocals, Steve Garrington on bass and Eric Pollard on drums and vocals. Alan also fronts the band Low with his wife, Mimi Parker, and Steve also plays bass in Low. Retribution Gospel Choir will release their second full-length, the band’s Sub Pop debut, 2, on Jan. 26, 2010. The rough heft, aggressive dynamics and emotional release found on the 10 tracks on 2 will surprise fans of Low’s gorgeously restrained, spartan rock ’n’ roll.
The band’s self-titled debut was released in March 2008 on Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde Records. Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) also produced the debut album and played shows with the band early on. An extensive North American tour is in the works for Retribution Gospel Choir beginning in late January, preceded by some shows and festivals in the UK and Spain in December. A New York appearance at The Mercury Lounge is scheduled for December 15.
By the way, you can listen to Retribution Gospel Choir on their MySpace page.