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"Laura maakt muziek die we slowcore zouden kunnen noemen. Intense, persoonlijke liedjes die ze zingt met enkel elektrische gitaar als begeleiding.....Ze doet wat denken aan Anna Calvi of zelfs ILA. Zeer stemmige muziek maar niet voor teergevoeligen want luister maar eens naar het verschroeiende A Cynical Age, waar ze aantoonde dat je niet met veel op een podium moet staan om een groot volume te creëren."


Op het nieuwe album dat door de legendarische Steve Albini werd geproduceerd, laat de eigenzinnige indierockband een niet onaardig geluid horen dat een zware nineties stempel draagt. Veel shoegaze-, altrock- en noiserock-ingevingen onderlijnen de melodieuze weltschmertz van la Schultz. Klinkt als een geïnspireerde update van de werken van Come, Slint en andere tot de verbeelding sprekende bands.

- Kinky Star

"A Cynical Age, will easily appeal to fans of Low, Slint, Duster and everything slowcore related, emerging with Albini's brilliantly uncomplicated production as an undeniably powerful aspect, while the band's obvious drive is clearly showcased through their warm and tense delivery."

- Destroy//Exist

"Antiseptic Heart is audacious, raw and mighty. Laura Lee is a champion at her craft, effortlessly she controls her environment. Powerfully directing and engaging the listener. The track is a perfect showcase as to the sheer ardor which awaits on the record.

- Circuit Sweet

"Instantly engaging riff-driven gorgeousness"

- Loud Women


Live shows range from intense full band sets to intimate solo performances.

Caustic and raw, Down the Lees’ dynamic vocals and guitar draw you in, only to strike a blow from the heavy rhythm section. Based in Ghent, Belgium, Down the Lees is Canadian Laura Lee Schultz and Belgians Jonathan Frederix (HEISA) on drums and Kwinten Gluehorse (OLAF) on bass.

The project has followed an eclectic musical path with engaging and dynamic soundscapes inspired by genres such as post-rock, shoegaze, hardcore, slowcore, and no-wave - often echoing the work of artists such as Slint, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, Cloud Nothings and Low.

Growing up in the 90s Vancouver live scene, Laura Lee toured with her previous projects (Queazy, New Years Resolution, Skinjobs) extensively in the USA and Canada, before releasing two full length albums and an EP as Down the Lees. Started as a solo act back in 2005, Laura Lee performed all the instruments and wrote all of the material on her debut album, 360 DEGREES. Her sophomore album, THE GUEST ROOM (2008), featured guest musicians and was recorded at the infamous Mushroom Studios in Vancouver. The WEAR ME OUT Ep (2012) was recorded by Laura Lee in her home studio with special guests musicians.

2019 sees the release of a new studio album, recorded and mixed in one cold January week by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. This is a raw album, stripped down to showcase the live, emotional vibe of the power trio. The warm analog production lets the compositions and dynamics take the forefront. Guitarist/vocalist Laura Lee makes her guitar sing soft melodies with harsh contrasts while belting out the most impassioned vocals. Drummer Jonathan mixes math-rock and prog-rock beats with speed, energy and emotion, alongside Kwinten’s powerful and guttural bass riffs inspired by his hardcore roots.


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