Soul Low was born out of teenage jam sessions, late nights steeped in Violent Femmes and Hamm’s, and a general sense of irreverence. As 11 year olds, Jake Balistrieri (vocals, guitar) and Sam Gehrke (bass) started their first, worst Green Day cover band, power-chording their way through middle school. The duo started Soul Low as teenagers, adding Charlie Celenza (drums) and Sean Hirthe (sax, keys) to round out their sound. After stints in college, they found themselves back in their hometown of Milwaukee, reunited, and ready to release their debut album “UNEASY" in 2013.
After establishing themselves in the local DIY scene, the band hit the road to cut their teeth on stages across the country. Opening for acts like Whitney, Twin Peaks, and Pile, and touring across both the east and west coasts, Soul Low found themselves ready to break new ground with “Nosebleeds,” their ambitious, offbeat opus in June 2016.
After earning accolades as Wisconsin’s “Band to Watch in 2017” from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and “Album of the Year” ["Nosebleeds"] at the 2016 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Awards, the foursome found themselves back in the studio hammering out what would become their third full release, "Cheer Up."
Set to release on Gloss Records this summer, "Cheer Up" combines the fevered pop anthems found on “UNEASY,” and their 2015 EP “Sweet Pea," along with bolder, riskier explorations of the subconscious. Peppered with musings on everything from relationship goals ("Propose to ME") to local serial killers ("JD & Me"), "Cheer Up" goes deep into the darker side of life.
“Do You Want To Die?” lead singer Jake Balistreri asks on the title track of "Cheer Up" – Catch this signature brand of optimism as Soul Low sets off across the country this summer supporting the release of the album. Tour dates to be announced soon.
Wisconsin Band to Watch in 2017 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Nosebleeds" 2016 Album of the Year - 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Music Awards
"Soul Low make some damn fine songs to dance, drink, and scream along to." - Spin Magazine, Band to Watch May 2015
"[Soul Low] have a knack for melody and feeling, and every song has that thing -- that intangible thing -- that just gets to me." - 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, 5 Songs We Can't Stop Listening To
"One of the best debut Milwaukee albums in ages—a weird, jittery, lovable record that captures the heightened anxieties of youth just about as well as any record since the first Violent Femmes LP." - Shepherd Express