The Lowbots

The Lowbots

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Ex-Cheepskates bassist/songwriter Tony Low wanted the full attack -- and, dare it be said, social -- advantages of a live band again, and this Greensboro, North Carolina trio prove a snugly fit ensemble to realize his jangly power pop predilections at first go. Already a melody confectioner, Low needn't have nicked the opening of the Monkees' 1967 number three "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the commencement of "Like a Dream" (or, for that matter, remake old Cheepskates It Wings Above track "Puffin," though 2010's lighter version is so sublime, he can't be blamed), because he still has nil problem penning terrific, original Merseybeat-quality tunes with cool girl-problem lyrics like the Cyrkle-esque "Virtual-Made Man" -- all sung in his clear, earnest-guy vocal. Real rockers don't get old, and Lowbots is a poptastic debut in league with the Red Button and Golden Bloom.

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